James "Jim" Vincent Brodeur Sr.

July 21, 1931May 15, 2019

Columbia - James Vincent Brodeur, Sr., 87, went home to be with his loving Father and Creator on May 15, 2019.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with inurnment to follow in the church columbarium. The family will receive family and friends from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at the church.

Jim was born July 21, 1931 in Jacksonville, Florida to Asa and Obdulia Brodeur. In June of 1953, he became a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and then served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. In 1956, he began his 34 year career with General Electric Appliances. In those years he rose through the ranks as a Sales Manager, where he made many long lasting relationships with customers and colleagues.

Jim will be remembered for his spirit and his beauty by the way he handled himself as well as in the way he treated others and in his everyday life through the dedication he held for his family and his faith. He was active in the churches that he attended, enjoyed international travel with his wife, playing golf and cheering on his Fighting Irish.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his brothers, Bob Brodeur and Dick Brodeur. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Jean Brodeur; daughter, Leiza Brock (Reuben) of Hilton Head; son, Jim Brodeur, Jr. (Faye) of Columbia; a sister, Rose Marie Bush of Jacksonville, Fl; and numerous extended family members.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Staff at The Palmettos at Parklane who have provided their devoted love and care for the past five years and to Caris Hospice for their support in his final days. In lieu of flowers memorials made in Jim’s honor may be made to The University of Notre Dame Department of Development ,1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

Please sign the online guestbook at


21 May

Memorial Mass

10:00 am

St Joseph Catholic Church

3600 Devine St
Columbia, South Carolina 29205

21 May


11:00 pm

St Joseph Catholic Church Columbarium

3512 Devine St
Columbia, South Carolina 29205


James "Jim" Vincent Brodeur Sr.

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larry funderburk

May 19, 2019

Dear Family,
I only knew Jim for a number of months while my sister, Mary was also at Palmettos.. Even in his condition, I found Jim to be so friendly, with such a great personality. I always looked forward to seeing Jim and sharing pleasantries with him. After my sister died, I went back several times to see Jim and several of the others. My condolence goes out to the family at this time. I considered Jim to be my friend.

Peggy Richardson

May 17, 2019

Randall and I knew Big Jim and Miss Betty Jean through our dear friends Leiza and Reuben Brock. It was always a bright day when we were able to have a short visit with Leiza sweet father. Our condolences to all the family and love to The Brocks. Peggy and Randall

Judy Price

May 16, 2019

Having been his executive secretary for 14 or so years while he was at General Electric, I have Many Fond memories of "spirit" and compassion. He was not only the Best Boss I ever had, his "friendship" came along with his supervision. On occasion I performed baby sitting duties.

My "heart felt sympathy to all of his family and especially to "little Jim" and "Leiza". While he will be missed on Earth, our Loss is Heaven's Gain.

To Mr. Brodeur I will not say goodbye but I will say I'll see you in Heaven One Day.