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James J. Reagon

WORCESTER - James J. Reagon, 71, of Worcester, died surrounded by his family and friends on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at home after a long illness.

Jim leaves his wife of 42 years, Kathryn E. (Krutzky) Reagon; four children, Erin E. Towler and her husband Neil of Northborough, Kara A. Reagon of Glastonbury, CT, Michael J. Reagon of Worcester and Megan K. Reagon of East Boston; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Tess and Libby Towler; two sisters, Dorothy Lortie, wife of Leo Lortie of Centerville and Mary Magnante of West Brookfield; and cousin, Kate Ward of Hyannis; nieces and a nephew.

Jim was born in Worcester, son of the late John and Agnes (Ward) Reagon.

He graduated from North High School in 1963 and the College of the Holy Cross in 1967. He then earned a master's degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.

Jim was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. After returning to Worcester from Vietnam in 1970, he earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, graduating cum laude in 1974.

He soon joined the staff of Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte and served as his first assistant for 30 years. When he retired in 2007, he was presented the Key to the City of Worcester for his many years of public service.

Jim was a former President of the Worcester Area Association for Retarded Children from 1976 to 1978. He was a former member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations.

Jim enjoyed golf, many trips to Ireland, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

Jim's family wishes to thank his many friends for their concern and support and a special thanks to Dr. Thomas F. Mullins III and Dr. Robert Cavanaugh.

Calling hours are Friday, January 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Saturday, January 14, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2017.
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January 26, 2017
Dear Kate and Family,
I am a Vietnam War brother of Jim from 69/70. My condolences on the passing of Jim. He served his nation and his family. He will always be remembered by those who served with him. Rest in Peace Jim.
Joe Fraccola
January 24, 2017
Vietnam 1970
Dear Kate,

So sorry to hear of your recent loss.I served with Jim in Vietnam in 69/70. I'd like to express the prayers and condolences from his fellow Vietnam brothers. The photo included is Jim showing his comical nature in Cha Rang Valley in 1970
Jim Jensen
January 17, 2017
Please accept my condolences. Jim had such a big heart and you could always depend on him for a straight answer. I always knew I was welcome to come play Nintendo and watch cable TV, even though I wasn't allowed to at home.

Mike, your Dad set an example for us of what it means to be a good man and a great father. He will be missed.
Brian Pellegrini
January 14, 2017
Kate, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Paula Lapomardo
January 13, 2017
January 13, 2017
Mary, Paul and I were sorry to hear of Jim's passing.Please know that we will keep him in our prayers. Mary Goyette
January 13, 2017
Kate, My deepest condolences. I share many fond memories of Jim during our time at the DA's office.
Neil Snider
January 13, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was a great leader, a brilliant strategist, and had an incredible sense of humor. He was a true Irish man with his love of the literary and his love of knowledge.
I am sure he did not go gentle into that good night and until we meet again, may God hold him in the palm of His hand.
With sincere sympathy,
Alice E. Perry
Alice E. Perry
January 13, 2017
My condolences to Jim's family. We worked together at the Worcester Public Library in the early 70's before he went to law school. He was a terrific guy, liked by everyone.
Penny Johnson
January 13, 2017

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your father contributed a great deal to the city of Worcester. I can see where you inherited his compassionate spirit. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Lisa Bolduc
January 13, 2017
Jim was a valued member of the Worcester bar and a friend of mine. I will miss your Irish smile and friendship.

Bill Hays
January 13, 2017
Fair winds and following seas, my friend!
Don Johnson, HC '67 classmate
January 13, 2017
Dear Kate and Family,
I just return from being out of the country and was so sorry to learn of Jimmy's passing. My sympathy to you and the kids. He was a wonderful classmate, fellow vietnam vet and neighbor. I only hope that he wasn't in too much pain.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all,

Stephen F. Smith
January 12, 2017
Knew jimmy since our days at north.Good since of humor and a quick smile.Many a brew mister owes Jim a hearty thanks for helping preserve their craft.
He will be missed by many people who's life he touched.
Peace be with you
January 12, 2017
Kate and family my thoughts and prayers with you all. I enjoyed working with Jimmy at DA's office. Rest In Peace my friend.
Nancy Dickman
January 12, 2017
I fondly remember Jimmy as a North High School classmate.
I am sincerely sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to friends and family.
Charlie Curci
Charlie Curci
January 12, 2017
What a great life of service to so many. I'll always remember the bright light of Jim's special smile.
Brien Dyer
January 12, 2017
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Reagon family. May your happy memories carry you through this time. NHS Class of '63
Neil & Judy Curtis
January 12, 2017
Kara, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Mom, sisters and brother. May many, many happy memories of your Dad comfort you during this time.
Jodie Duval
January 12, 2017
Jim Reagon had a sharp mind, a street-savvy judgment, a quick wit, and a wide array of interests. He and Kate were dear friends of my parents, and later as I became and adult and worked for him and with him, one of my friends as well. May his family find solace in the memory of all the good he did his community, the friendships he forged, the legacy of children and grandchildren he leaves behind. May he rest in peace.
Daniel Toomey
January 12, 2017
Though our grateful nation mourns with you in your loss, we can only feel a small part of the loss you are experiencing.

Your loved one will always be a part of our country's story. As such, their sacrifice on behalf of our nation will always be honored.

In deepest sympathy.
A Grateful American
January 12, 2017
Deb Smith
January 12, 2017
Sorry to learn of Jim's passing. A dedicated public servant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Peter Ettenberg, Worcester, MA
Peter Ettenberg
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