James D. "Papa" Aguiar

October 19, 1946December 7, 2011

James D. “Papa” Aguiar, age 65, of Fall River, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Lancier) Aguiar to whom he has been married for the past 43 years.

Born in Fall River, a son of Henry Aguiar of Fall River and the late Hilda (Amarello) Aguiar, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

A graduate of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, class of 1964, he was a Veteran serving in the National Guard for over 30 years. Mr. Aguiar was a Union Carpenter for the Local #1305 for over 30 years, retiring in 2007. He also worked at the Otis Air Force Base for many years. He enjoyed traveling, riding his motorcycle and working with his son.

Surviving in addition to his wife and father, two sons; James Aguiar Jr. and his wife Cheryl and Scott Aguiar and his wife Lorraine all of Fall River, one daughter; Jennifer Brodeur and her husband Paul of Berkley, three sisters; Gertrude Aguiar of Fall River, Susan Zielke of Assonet and Judith Aguiar of Fall River, two brothers; Ronald Aguiar of Uxbridge and Steven Aguiar of Tiverton, five grandchildren; Devin and Raistlyn Aguiar, Shane Brodeur, Samantha Aguiar and Kya Brodeur, a brother in law; Raymond Kearns of Utah, two sister in laws; Barbara LaPointe and Deborah Belisle both of Fall River and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Paul and David Aguiar.

His Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 5 PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place, 178 Winter Street, Fall River. Visiting hours will be held prior 2-5 PM. Contributions in his honor may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, 1 State Street, Suite 100, Providence, RI 02908. Burial private. For tributes and directions



  • Visitation Saturday, December 10, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 10, 2011


  • Burial

James D. "Papa" Aguiar

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February 8, 2012

RIP Jim Aguiar You were loved by many

Joe Williams

December 20, 2011

I know first hand the kind of father,friend and soldier Jim was we had many years together in the service. Please accept my condolences.
Msg Joe Williams (retierd)

MAJ (Ret) Elaine Barra

December 19, 2011

I just heard about Jim and I am so sorry. My heart goes out to the entire family. I worked with Jim for several years and he was just a stand up guy who was always there to lend a hand no matter how hard a job was. He was an extremely competent NCO who took great pride in his work and who helped me greatly when we worked at FE together. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow and may God be with you in the days ahead.

James D Aguiar Jr.

December 18, 2011

Our Dad - A Father, A Teacher and A Friend

In Our Dads Passing I would like his Legacy to be this:

Love Yourself
Respect Your Body
Most Importantly Love and Respect One Another

Do these things and you will all receive the Love and Respect you so deserve both in Life and in Death

Our Dad is Loved and Respected

Your Grateful Son

Steven Bressette

December 12, 2011

My deepest sympathy to Jimmy's family. I served in the Guard with Jim at FE and he truly is one of the "Good Guys". Our lose is heavens gain.

SFC Glenn Mott, MAARNG (Ret)

December 12, 2011

My deepest sympathy to the Aguiar Family.
I was assigned to the 180th Eng Det in the same building that Jim worked in, and saw him frequently on weekends. He was one of the kindest, most professional soldiers I ever met in my 20+ years in the Guard. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

December 11, 2011

We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing. Please accept our sympathies. We have wonderful memories of Jim. God Bless.
Sincere Condolences,
Vinnie and Carole Paquette

COL Chuck Perennick

December 11, 2011

Jim was always for the soldier! I am sure that his children, and grandchildren will emulate the characterisitcs I witnessed within him; Honesty, Professionalism, Devotion, Compassion, not to mention a great sense of humor. It was an honor and a privelage to have met and known him. Until we meet again.

Brian Pelland

December 10, 2011

Our Sincere and deepest sympathy in your time of need, Jim was an awesome person that we had the pleasure of knowing. The time we spent with Jim on Cape Cod are some of my fondest memories and his Wife is a SAINT, we will cherish them all. May God Bless all of you and we will keep you in our hearts and prayers. I'm sure We will meet you on the other side and possibly still SOLDIER on. Love Brian & Debra Pelland

December 10, 2011

Jim was a passionate man who dearly loved his family, he was a devoted Papa who spoke caringly about his grandchildren. He never once put his own personal welfare ahead of others - he was a professional Soldier and a loyal friend. My only solace is knowing that Jimmy is now with our Lord, free of pain. He will watch over his family from this day forward as he is surely an angel from heaven. Respectfully, Steve and Doris (LTC) Lopilato (Plymouth, MA)