James A. Arcangeli,82, passed away peacefully after a long, and courageous battle with cancer, on Monday, December 26, 2022, at Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Gardner.
He was born in Fitchburg on November 20, 1940, a son of the late Albert Arcangeli and Marie (Robillard) Arcangeli.
Jimmy grew up in Westminster and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Fitchburg. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Air Force. He served in Da-Nang and in Zaragoza, Spain.
Jim was a materials manager working for Reed Plastics, Hedstrom Furniture in Keene, NH and Clariant Corporation in Holden where he retired from in 1998. After retirement, he was a stay-at-home dad raising his son Benjamin. He loved to row in his skull and participated in the Head of the Charles Regatta over 10 times. He was also an avid long-distance runner. His last job was driving a Van Pool bus for disabled children which he enjoyed. Many recognized him by the flag he flew out the window of his car, that flag will be missed by many whom he saw every week around town
He leaves his son, Benjamin V. Arcangeli, and his wife Maddie of Southwick, MA; three sisters, Mary Bedard of Westminster, Nancy Glinski and her husband John of Yarmouth, MA, Betty Rouleau and her husband Jon of Palm Harbor, FL; one brother, John Arcangeli of Venice, FL; one grandchild, Levi James Arcangeli and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Smith.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 11 am in St. Edward the Confessor Church, 10 Church St., Westminster. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodside Cemetery, Westminster.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, from 5 to 7 pm in the Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in James's memory be made to Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com.
Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner is directing arrangements.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Douglas M. Stone, funeral directors.