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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.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2017.
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August 13, 2020
I came across Mr. Feeley's obituary while looking for another. My parents were close friends of Mr. and Mrs. Feeley. I visited their home many tomes as a teenager. I remember Mr. Feeley fondly. He was a kind and passionate man. Reading his obituary, I recall growing up in the Greendale and Upper Burncoat neighborhoods. I lost all contact with everyone, when I relocated out of state many decades ago. Mr. Feeley had a long and productive life. Condolences to sons Paul and Bob
Bill Melican - Connecticut
February 21, 2018
I rememb
er Mr. Feely from my days at Lamartine st. School, and he was a firm but fair kind of guy but was always there to be on your side to help you along. I remember him fondly and was glad to hear that he lived so long to be a joy for his family. With great regret to his family and friends, a former student, Mark Brotherton ,1969,1975 Lamartine St. School alumni. So sorry to hear about your loss.
March 23, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fo
nd memories of this gentle man at all the Feeley weddings I attended as a child as well as family gatherings. I send my prayers and sincere sympathies to all.

Jean ( Pazera) Nolan.....Helen & Al's daughter.
March 21, 2017
My sincerest condolences to the Feeley family & friends. I was a student at Lamaratine St School. You're in my prayers.
Laura Bowse
March 20, 2017
Very kind and gentle man he was my principal at Dix St school in the fifties. I am very sorry for your loss he was a good one.May he rest in peace.
March 16, 2017
I worked for Jim as a secretary for several years and never once did he mention his war record. He was a good principal, loved the kids but his wife was the love of his life. Really great guy. Pat Cronin
March 15, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Feeley Family. As time goes on in life, one often wonders what ever happened to the people we had as teachers, principals and staff at school. I remember Mr. Feeley as my principal from Dix St. School. I can't recall the exact years, but I went there from 1966 to 1970 and then the Elm Park Community School was built on N. Ashland St. Then we had a new principal. Before the new school was built, there was a fire at one of the Dix St. buildings and we all had to be bused to other schools in the city. It seems he lived a good, long, life and God bless him for working until he was 91 years old! He was a true inspiration to everyone that ever had him as a teacher or principal. Rest In Peace and thank your for your service in the military and Worcester Public Schools.
Laura (Johnson) Ricci
March 15, 2017
May Day at Dix St. School, Worcester, MA
Laura (Johnson) Ricci
March 15, 2017
May Day at Dix St. School, Worcester, MA
Laura (Johnson) Ricci
March 15, 2017
I had Mr. Feeley in sixth grade in 1962/63. He was the best! He was an inspiring teacher, and he was also our baseball and football coach. May he rest in peace. I hope his family is comforted in knowing the vast number of people's lives he influenced.
Jeff Blaustein
March 15, 2017
Uncle Jim, May you Rest In Peace with those members of the Feeley family who have gone before you. You will be missed.
Kelly Walsh
March 15, 2017
Mr. Feeley was my 6th grade teacher at Dix Street school around 1960. We loved him. Besides being a great teacher, he was very funny. Dix Street had a very large secretary names Miss Brown. She would come into the class looking for Mr. Feeley yelling his name. He would hide under the desk so she couldn't see him and she would leave. All the kids thought that was hilarious. He was also a caring teacher who had so much patience. I often think of him.
Claire Burton-Smith
March 15, 2017
My sincerest condolences to the entire family of Mr. Feeley. I had the pleasure of having him, as my Principal, while I was in grammar school. Your Dad was a wonderful man, with a great sense of humor and very kind soul. I'm so very sorry for your loss and may he rest in peace.
Anne-Marie Dersain Smith
March 15, 2017
Rest in peace, Uncle Jim.
Stephanie Torrey
March 15, 2017
Dear Feeley Family, Jim will be fondly remembered by me as a kind and gentle man who always had a smile. He was our neighbor in Dennis. My sincere sympathy to the family. Jennifer McCarty
Jennifer McCarty
March 15, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim at Stop and Shop. He made me laugh every day and told me that only the best people came from Worcester and he was right. He is in my prayers
Kathy McCabe
March 14, 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
March 14, 2017
Papa we love you and will miss you. Thank you for all that you taught us and for loving us unconditionally!
Love Tim & Joe
March 14, 2017
Condolences to the Feeley family. , He will be missed! Sincerely a Lamartine st school student.
Tammy (Germain) Beliveau
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