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James T. Correia, 50

HOLDEN - James T. Correia, 50, of Holden, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 22, 2016. He leaves his wife and partner of 22 years, Patricia, many friends, colleagues and loved ones. He was the son of Anthony J. and Clare (Grace) Correia.

Jim graduated from Bishop Stang High School, Dartmouth, in 1984, where he was voted "most service to the school". He went on to graduate from the Urban Studies Department at Worcester State College in 1992. While at WSC, Jim was involved with the school's radio station and proudly wore the Lancers' jersey #67. He was a devoted alumnus of the Worcester State University Lancer football program having played on the 1984 National Collegiate Championship club team. Jim organized the 20th reunion of his teammates in 2004 and was instrumental in helping to organize more recent gatherings at the University. Jim, along with his championship teammates, was to be inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

He entered the Army National Guard of Massachusetts in 1984 and served as an armor crewman and tank service mechanic in the 110th Cavalry Division in Hudson until 1992 and continued to be a supporter of local military veterans' support organizations. Jim was currently working for Volkswagen, Corp. as a Northeast Region Service Coach, and was owner/operator of White's Landing in Brookfield, where he had been working on an extensive renovation over the past five years and became known for his historic river cruises. He held a Mass Construction Supervisor License and was a Stage Hand for Central Mass Local Union 96 at the DCU Center.

Jim had a life-long love for stock car racing, old cars, history and music. He was a fixer and a builder, and often described his service coach work as "helping to make people better". His hope for healing was spread wide across the region.

Jim was a devout Catholic often frequenting St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, his place of respite and had a special devotion to the study of the catechism, his rosary beads, divine mercy, and the holy Mass.

Calling hours will be held Friday, November 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 35 Hamilton St., Worcester. Burial will be in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WSU Football, C/O Worcester State University Advancement, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602; and/or to Project New Hope, 90 James St., Suite 157, Worcester, MA. 01603 (www.projectnewhopema.org).

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2016.
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November 7, 2016
I am very sorry for your loss, Patti. He was living his dream with you and his work on the river. Peace and prayers.
Pam Marquis
November 5, 2016
God bless you Jimmy. Rest peacefully.
Dave Correia
November 4, 2016
My sincere condolences. May he rest in peace.
Natalie Drajpuch
November 4, 2016
Praying for Peace for Patty and Family .... Such a loss.... with much Love from your 33 Days to Morning Glory Friends, Michele, Dianna and Paula <3
michele connor
November 3, 2016
My oldest and best friend. We had so many adventures together. I could write a book with all of them. I will treasure those times always. Such a great and kind soul. I will miss you so much.
Jim Moore
November 2, 2016
I shall never forget the 1st time I met Jim . He was so easy to talk to and welcomed Mary and I ,Our Folk Music and All of our Musical Friends to "Whites Landing" back in 2007? So many good times that we all will never forget His Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches and his Great Soul and Spirit. See Ya when I get there Jim. Love and Peace My Friend Rest easy , Joshua Douglass
Joshua Douglass
November 2, 2016
Jimmy worked for me when I was one of the SME on the VW RASE project in the US. Besides that we had an awful lot in common, our love of motorsports, cars, and the auto industry. As chance would have it he and I ran into each other unexpectedly at our store in Stamford the Thursday prior to his passing. It was like old times, we never missed a beat, and we talked for quite some time. I am comforted by the fact that I had the opportunity to see him one last time and share some stories and laughs, that gives me some level of comfort and peace. I am saddened that I cannot be with you at this time of great sadness, but Jimmy was a great friend, colleague and racer, and I will miss him very much. God Bless...
Mark Juron
November 2, 2016
Jim was my service coach for VW. He was genuinely concerned about our business. I always looked forward to his visits and enjoyed our conversations. RIP Jim, you will be missed!
Mike Kayes
November 2, 2016
so sorry for your loss
ed and judy thebeau
November 1, 2016
Jim answered and ad for racecar parts I had and ended up hiring me. We have been friends ever since. I am amazed at your talents as a carpenter and fabricator. Miss you already bud. Our condolences.
Marc Therrien
November 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss Patty. I always enjoyed talking with Jim and visiting the two of you at Whites Landing. He will be missed.
Barbara Christopherson
November 1, 2016
"you were very dedicated to improving others performance" RIP Jim
Jon Meredith
November 1, 2016
Jimmy was a good teammate and a great man. He did make me a better person. I was looking forward to seeing him this weekend at WSU. So glad I spent time with him somewhat recently. Godspeed.
David Kennealey
November 1, 2016
worked with Jim for nearly 10 years as a fellow stagehand. A former tanker, Jim and I became instant friends as he knew of my (indirect) connection to the 5th Cavalry.
Like most tankers, Jim marched to his own drum beat, but I always looked forward to working with him and trading stories of our time in the military.
Rest in peace, Jim, You will truly be missed.
Mark Conley
November 1, 2016
I'm so sorry to learn this! Jim took my family on a river tour many years ago. His knowledge of history and biology and sense of humor was appreciated and he won't soon be forgotten. Whites Landing is quite a gem, due to his hard work. My condolences!
Colleen Ferguson
November 1, 2016
Rest in peace Jim. I am glad for the short time I knew you.
Joseph (Turk) McFadden
November 1, 2016
Your love and grace has touched so many and will live on in the people you love and who love you. Namaste, my soul recognizes you and all you were to this world.
Mary Krause
October 31, 2016
"you were an awesome guy Jim, always helping others" Ms.White and family my prayers and condolences to you all. Rest in Peace Jim
tim dunn
October 31, 2016
Bruthah.... we survived 4 years at stang together... with Lanagan and his posse... 50 is too soon... RIP my friend/classmate...
John Silveira
October 31, 2016
Rest In Peace,Jim...
Jackie Supernor
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