James E. Feeley, Jr., 95
Retired Worcester Educator
NORTHBOROUGH - James E. Feeley, Jr., 95, formerly of Worcester and South Dennis, died Saturday, March 11, in Coleman House skilled nursing center in Northborough. He was the husband of the late Shirley J (Whitla) Feeley for 55 years.
Born and educated in Worcester, he graduated from Worcester South High School and Fitchburg State College. Mr. Feeley was a teacher and principal at several Worcester schools, including Greendale, Harlow Street, Dix Street, Millbury Street, Lamartine Street and Norrback Ave. After moving to Cape Cod, he spent over 20 years as a bagger at Stop & Shop where he greeted many of his former colleagues and students, working until he was 91.
Mr. Feeley was an Army veteran of World War II and the recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze star for his service in Europe.
He was a former member of Our Lady of the Cape Roman Catholic Church in Brewster and a former member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Worcester. He was proud to have served as the Commander of the Worcester Veterans Council. He was a Member of the Main South American Legion and the Hyannis VFW. He was an active member of the Worcester Club of Cape Cod, the Irish American Club of Cape Cod and a founding member of the Emerald Club of Worcester. Mr. Feeley was a long time member of the Alumni Sodality of Our Lady at the College of the Holy Cross.
Mr. Feeley is survived by two sons, Paul S. Feeley and his wife Mary-Ellen of Northborough, and Robert W. Feeley and his wife Patricia of Westminster; six grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.
He was the fourth of thirteen children of the late James and Catherine (Erb) Feeley. He is survived by a sister, Patricia East of St. Petersburg Florida. He was predeceased by his brothers John, Paul, Richard, Joseph, Harold and Wilfred and sisters Rita Stencel, Helen Vela, Mary Henning, Catherine Phelan and Ruth Walsh.
Jim was an avid sports fan of all of the Boston professional teams and particularly enjoyed celebrating the Red Sox 2004 World Series victory with three generations of Feeley family members at the victory parade in Boston.
We also would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the loving care afforded Jim over the last 20 months by the caring staff at Coleman House.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at St Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main Street, Northborough. Burial will be private. There are no visiting hours.
The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association
, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.