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James A. DiSimoni

PITTSFIELD James Anthony DiSimoni, 69, passed away surrounded by his family on January 15, 2016, at Berkshire Medical Center under the wonderful care of a dedicated and compassionate medical team. He had multiple health issues that were too serious for his body to heal itself.Jimmy was an all-star, multi-sport athlete in his teen years at Lee High School. An All Western Mass. athlete in basketball, there are many tales of his prowess as a guard for the Wildcats. He went to college in Memphis in the 60's and would brag about all the great music he heard while sitting in the back of small blues clubs that he would not have been allowed in just a few years earlier. He and Taconic High School both had the same inaugural year, as he started teaching there the year it opened (1969). He coached basketball there, met his wife there, saw his girls graduate from there and retired as a guidance counselor 39 years later, having helped so many students figure out the next steps toward their futures. He retired from Taconic in 2008 as the last original hire. In retirement he was a hospitality driver for Canyon Ranch, but more importantly he had the time to be a full-time Poppi to his pride and joy, his granddaughter, Eva. He loved dogs, cooking, old war movies, just about any kind of music, college sports and being surrounded by his friends and family. He rooted for the Giants and the Yankees and whoever was playing against Notre Dame. Despite having the childhood nickname Bruiser, he was known and loved by so many for his kind, gentle and generous spirit. He was often heard muttering his famous catch-phrase, "I'm doing the best I can." He was the most gracious host and always made sure he had something to offer anyone who stopped by. He was a former member of Berkshire Hills Country Club, the Berkshire County Guidance Association, and a current member of UNICO of Pittsfield. He loved to help the community with his UNICO brothers and sisters and felt it was a distinct honor to get to walk in the 4th of July parade as a Unican balloon wrangler. He is survived by his wife, "Lynn Ann" Morin DiSimoni, with whom he had celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary this past August, his three daughters: Gena Johnson and husband, Jacob, Nicole DiSimoni and her companion, Jay Brewster, Marissa DiSimoni and her fiance, Joe Gelinas, as well as his granddaughter, Eva DiSimoni and six granddogs. He is also survived by his two sisters, Susan Brighenti and her husband, David, of Lee and Rose-mary DiSimoni and her husband, Myron Stone of Wilbraham, their families, his mother-in-law, Loretta Morin and a large extended family that loved him very much. FUNERAL NOTICE: Honoring Jimmy's wishes, there will not be a wake or funeral but rather, the family will hold a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, Jan. 23rd from 11 to 2p.m. at the ITAM on Waubeek Rd. in Pittsfield. Please leave your ties at home (Jimmy hated ties) and come and share his life, your favorite memories, and allow him to feed and offer you a drink one last time. Memorial donations can be made to UNICO of Pittsfield's Charity Board in care of the DEVANNY- CONDRON Funeral Home.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 20, 2016
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