James Edward Pettey

May 31, 1924April 2, 2019

James “Jim” E. Pettey, 94, of Fairhaven and formerly of New Bedford passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in St. Luke’s Hospital after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Mercer M. (Stephens) Pettey. They shared 55 years of marriage before her death in 2000.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late James M. and Leda Marie (Mailhot) Pettey he lived most of his life in New Bedford. He was a longtime communicant of St. James Church.

Jim joined the United States Navy after Pearl Harbor and served during World War II. He later worked in maintenance for Berkshire Hathaway Corporation and for many years he was a TV repairman.

He is survived by three daughters, Gayle A. Rhodes and her husband Jeffrey of New Bedford, Mary Ellen Levasseur and her husband Steven of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Susan C. Traban and her husband Peter of S. Dartmouth; two sons, James M. Pettey and his wife Jacqueline of New London, CT, and Stephen W. Pettey and his wife Carolyn of New Bedford; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Bruce P. Pettey and Dennis E. Pettey.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church, 233 County St., New Bedford. Burial will be private and calling hours are omitted. Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 For online tribute



  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 8, 2019


  • Burial Private

James Edward Pettey

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Ed and Cindy Silva

April 5, 2019

To the Entire Pettey Family: Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always remember Mr Pettey's smile and how he could tell a great story of his experiences and times gone by .