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.