James G. Ursini

April 3, 1936August 2, 2018

James G. Ursini, born April 3, 1936 to the late Mary (Erickson) and Joseph G. Ursini, in Brooklyn NY. As he would say, “The ‘G’ stands for Goodness.

Graduated Williamsburg Vocational High School in 1954 and served in the US Army 1958 – 1960. Worked in construction from early 1960’s until he retired in 1999, owning and operating a few different construction companies over the years. Member of NYC District Council of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1970 – he retired in 1999.

Jimmy, as he was known to all, was pre-deceased in 1992 by his wife of 27 years, the late Elizabeth Catherine Samuels.

In 1998 he was fortunate enough to meet an amazing woman, Erma Glenn of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada, whom he married on June 3, 2000, with his children standing up for both him and Erma. They were together 20 years and his children adore her. After they had both retired they resided in Roosevelt Island, NY, Clearwater, Florida and Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

He is survived by his children: Kristina and Kenneth Hurkala, of Staten Island, NY, and their children Corinne Hurkala and Phillip Hurkala; Donna and Christopher Lewis, of Tappan NY, and their children Amelia Lewis, Eliza Lewis and Penelope Lewis; and James G. Ursini, Jr. and Hollie Yanett of Frackville, PA, and their children JR Seasock and Kyle Seasock.

Jimmy is also survived by his siblings: Ruth McVety, West Haven, CT; John Andrews, West Haven CT; Joseph Ursini, Bradenton, FL; Carl R. and Helen Ursini, Stanfordville, NY; one cousin, Constance LaRue of Block Island, RI. He was pre-deceased by brother William G. Ursini of St Louis, MO.

He also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews, all of whom were often asked “Who’s your best uncle?”, to which they all gladly replied “Uncle Jimmy”.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Prayer Service Monday, August 6, 2018

James G. Ursini

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Ron Schebel

August 5, 2018

I’ve only known Jimmy and Erma for a few short years here at Woodland Villas in Clearwater Florida Condo Association. Jimmy will be missed by all. He has such a kind heart and a very generious individual. I will miss the jokes and discussions solving the world problems at the pool table with the guys. Every Wednesday we would go and have lunch at the VFW with former Veterans. Again great times and great memories. Jimmy May God rest your sole and give strength to your family. You surely will be missed but never forgotten. 🙏

Joan Pasqua

August 4, 2018

I am so very saddened to hear of Jimmy’s demise. Such a kind, caring and generous person. A good friend, indeed. Always willing to lend a helping hand.
I hold many fond memories of gatherings, weekends at his Montauk summer home, and trips to the Granit hotel with all friends. So many laughs. All of which are cherished forever.
His late wife Liz, who was taken from him, his children, family and friends too young, was a beautiful and wonderful person. An important part of those precious memories. And, fortunately, as said before, he was privileged once again to marry lovely Erma.
May he Rest In Peace and will forever remain in our hearts.