LIMPERIS, JAMES October 20th, 2015 was the first day that Jim Limperis ever stopped living. He passed away at his home in Seekonk, MA, in bed with his family, after a one-year battle with stage IV brain cancer called glioblastoma. Jim was 59 years old but anyone who ever stepped in his bright light will tell you that he had the spirit of 3 teenagers and the heart of a child. Jim Limperis was born in Lowell, MA on January 31, 1956. He was the first child of Michael Limperis and Angeline Aggelakis. He grew up in Lowell and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a BA in Business and later earned an MBA at Indiana University. It was there that his passion for running was born and grew to include 7 marathons, becoming a founding member of the Wampanoag Running Club and never missing a single day of exercise in 35 years even if it meant running in place in the back of a bus on a 24-hour ride. In his professional life, Jim was a contract negotiator, purchasing manager, and high-tech salesman. He worked at Motorola for most of his purchasing career and at Electronic Sheetmetal Craftsmen, for most of his sales career. Regardless of his position, his business cards always read "The Bow-Tie Guy". Jim is survived by his treasured wife, Linda Limperis, their two adoring children, Alyssa and Mark Limperis, his sister, Linda Curran and by his proud parents, Michael and Angeline Limperis. Jim met Linda Karol at a Greek Dance on February 2, 1980, which he relentlessly reminded us was the luckiest day of his life. After asking her to dance only once, he called his father to tell him he had just met his wife. He then called Linda's college a dozen times to get her address, sent a dozen roses on Valentine's Day and he never left her side since. They were married two years later on November 21, 1982, at The Church of the Annunciation in Cranston, RI and after listening to the two chatter nonstop as they held hands at the altar, the priest announced that he had never witnessed a couple so excited to get married. All would agree that the only thing to make this already attached couple more thrilled than being legally bound was to bring two children into the world. And what a world they created for them. They poured every ounce of their boundless energy and beautiful souls into their two children. They never missed a track meet, a birthday or an opportunity to say how proud of them they were. They filled the house they built with friends and laughter and palpable love. Jim radiated love. He proved to us that there is no such thing as a bad day and that love is visible in actions and in always being there and that the sun is a gift to be opened and how to work really, really hard to get what we want and to never say never and how to infuse laughter in every situation and to use the cashiers' names and that it never hurts to ask and to always pack sneakers in case there is a race, and how to make a parade out of dead sunflowers and how to see a single patch of snow and deem it sufficient to ski and how to never pass a farm without mooing at the cows, and how to bring light into every room and leave people feeling happier than they did when they entered, and how to wake up every single morning and be grateful that we were given another day and to take that day and pack 5 normal human days into it. This is how Jim Limperis lived. And when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he didn't change a thing about his life. He kept living the exact same way he had before. He has taught us how to live: to see life as the opponent of death and to play hard. And by those rules, it was a shutout. Come celebrate Jim's life on Saturday at 8:30 am from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston followed by a funeral service at 9:30 at The Church of the Annunciation, Greek Orthodox Church, Oaklawn Ave., Cranston. Burial will take place at the Seekonk Cemetery, Seekonk, MA. VISITING HOURS: Friday 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Adult Brain Tumor Fund, c/o Patrick Wen MD, Center for Neuro-Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 to help fund brain cancer research and to save other families of this heartbreak. Visit nardolillo.com
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