James (Jim) Marinelli, of Braintree, MA formerly of Quincy, MA, passed away Sunday, June 30 at home surrounded by his family after over two years courageously battling pancreatic cancer. Jim is survived by his wife of 34 years Marianne (Murray) Marinelli, his son Christopher Marinelli and his wife Jayne of Pleasant Hill, CA, his daughter Elena Nee and her husband Robert of Braintree, MA, his daughter Andrea Marinelli and her fiancé Thomas Sheldon of Quincy, MA and his daughter Gina Marinelli of Braintree, MA. He was the cherished grandfather of Shea Katherine Marinelli and he was eagerly awaiting the arrival of three more grandchildren. He was the son of Vincent Marinelli of Salem, NH and the late Mary “Bertie” Marinelli of Quincy, MA. In addition, he leaves behind six siblings: his sister Patricia Marinelli of Abington, MA, his brother Joseph Marinelli of Johns Creek, GA, his brother Robert Marinelli of Derry, NH, his sisters Cheryl Marinelli and Tina Doherty of Salem, NH and his brother Pietro Marinelli of Salem, NH, along with many more close family members and friends.
Jim was a devoted employee of the Local 88, Tunnel Workers Union for over 30 years. He considered all of his Local 88 coworkers his brothers and sisters and that love and loyalty has shown through in so many aspects of his life.
Jim was passionate about many things but his love for football was unmatched. He spent many years coaching the North Quincy Apaches and volunteering at the Manning Passing Academy. A former Raider and North Quincy High Hall of Famer, Jim was a constant at the Thanksgiving North vs. Quincy football game yelling loudly from the sidelines.
Of all of Jim’s passions, his family came first. Jim was a family man through and through. Everyone who knew Jim, knew about his wife, four children and granddaughter. They were his motivation and drive.
When Jim was diagnosed with cancer, he was determined to fight until the end. He didn’t let his diagnosis stop him from traveling, working and spending time with those he loved. It wasn’t uncommon to find him snow blowing neighbors’ driveways or pressure washing the house, chemo bag slung over his shoulder. Until his last days, he never complained and was always willing to give to others. Jim was the kind of man many aspire to be like. His legacy will live on in every life he touched.
Visiting hours celebrating his life will be held Friday July 5 from 4:00-8:00pm at the Tirrell Room, 254 Quarry St, Quincy. Funeral Mass on Saturday July 6 at 10:00am in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock St, North Quincy. Burial to follow at the Blue Hill Cemetery, 700 West St, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jim’s memory to: the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Donations direct link: http://support.pancan.org/site/TR/PurpleStride/PurpleStride?px=2423006&pg=personal&fr_id=1840
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