ASHLAND - James M. Reera, 64, passed away on Jan. 2, 2013.
Jim was born and raised in Braintree, Mass.,and lived in Marshfield, Mass., for 10 years before moving to New Hampshire, first to Holderness, then to Thornton, and Ashland, Jim was a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran.
After joining the Marshfieldw Fire Department, he attained the rank of lieutenant, serving 10 years. He also served as chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the town.
He discovered another calling as a tax accountant and financial advisor, setting up successful businesses in Weymouth, Mass., and Ashland, and managing them for many years. He found great satisfaction in giving people helpful financial advice when they needed it most. He was awarded the 2011 Wealth Management Award by the Five-Star Select Group of New Hampshire.
He possessed a great deal of energy and a deep sense of adventure. He loved to ski, hike in the mountains, go on motorcycle trips across the country, motor his boat around Squam Lake, and be a supportive friend.
He was the beloved husband of Linda A. (Kalmbach); and devoted father of David M. Reera of Ashland; beloved brother of Virginia Cody and her devoted companion, Al Wood, Richard J. and his wife, Rosa, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Marilyn Mooney and her husband, John, of Beverly, Jack of Boxford, Mass., and his girlfriend, Jennifer, and the late Robert F. Reera; stepfather to Olivia Swartley of Raleigh, N.C.; beloved son of the late Matthew F. and Frances E. (Frisbee) Reera. He was godfather to Eric Reera, and was also a loving and attentive uncle and mentor to many nieces and nephews, some of whom he had unofficially adopted. He was blessed with many good friends, especially his dog, Lloyd.
He inspired the doctors, his family and friends with the way he fought mesothelioma, a rare and virulent cancer of the lung.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at Union Congregational Church of Weymouth and Braintree, 74 Commercial St., Braintree, Mass., at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11. His cousin, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson will officiate. A procession will follow to the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, where the service of committal will take place at 12:45 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family at the church, prior to the service, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. A New Hampshire memorial reception will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Common Man Inn, 231 Main St., Plymouth.
Jim asked that donations be sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 350 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA, 02130. Arrangements are by Clancy-Lucid Funeral Home, 100 Washington Sr., Weymouth, Mass.
Published in Union Leader from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2013.