He was a proud father and grandfather of Richard, Kerry Lynne, Megan, James, BrookLynne, Mitchell, and Matthew; Jason, Sherri, Faith and Ella; Ryan, Tanya, Charles and John; and Leslie, Paul and Lily. He was the brother of Jerry, Charles, (late) Ron, Betty and Mary, and the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.
He re-created the wonderful memories from his upbringing in Copenhagen, often saying it was the best place to grow up, and he passed those memories onto his children and grandchildren during special holidays, and especially at Christmas time. We always waited to hear his common refrain at our gatherings, “It’s always fair weather when good friends get together”.
Dad was a calming presence, and a guiding voice in all our lives. He never demanded, but, instead reminded us of integrity, discipline, and duty. He firmly believed that if you start something, you finish it, which became the way that his own children and grandchildren have lived their lives.
More than anything in the world, Dad loved mom. She meant everything to him, and, he could always be heard saying, “She’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Though she passed two weeks ago, Mom must have called to him on the Monday morning of his death saying, “Let’s go, Jimmy, we’re out of here!” And, he likely responded, “Well, I guess I’d better go.”
Mass will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Parish, 210 South Street, Cambridge.