James "Jay" Ferrante

December 15, 1970April 8, 2019
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James “Jay” Robert Ferrante, 48, of Marblehead, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 8th, our son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, Godfather, and friend leaves behind his beloved mother, Susan Ferrante of Marblehead, dear brothers, Mark Ferrante and his wife, Heidi, and Adam Ferrante and his wife Kati, both of Marblehead; cherished nieces, Emma, Isabelle, Taylor and Dori; adored Godsons, Connor Kelleher and Aaron Zender; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jay was a graduate of the Pingree School with the Class of 1989 and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Whittier College with the Class of 1993. At Whittier he was the president of his fraternity, the Orthogonian Society and also played football there. He was a 27 year employee of Enterprise at Logan Airport and was a 22 year survivor of brain cancer. Jay was one of the most empathetic, loyal and generous people you’d ever meet. He was always willing to listen and help in any way he was able. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their summer home in Damariscotta, Maine. He loved his family and friends deeply and they will miss him terribly. Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm St., on Thursday, April 11th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 12th , at Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend all services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Robert J. Ferrante Memorial Scholarship, North Shore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or leave online condolences, please visit


  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019

James "Jay" Ferrante

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Kathleen Reilly

April 11, 2019

My Dear Susan, Adam & Mark,
I lost my breath when I heard of Jay's passing...
and over and over I have read the loving and touching obituary that speaks of love, love, love...
yes, son, brother, uncle, godfather, cousin, friend...
he cherished his family to the nth degree...
he appreciated every kind deed and gave back in return...
a man who was present in this thing we call Life...he was deep-rooted, sensitive and beautiful...
he was loved dearly because he loved deeply...straightforward with uncompromising intention...
I am nostalgic thinking of all the Manley St. years, Nintendo, ping-pong, baseball, parties, Halloween, delivering the Reporter from the back of my sticker mobile with music blaring, Adam & Billy throwing those papers...
of course, I did not know Jay and Mark as well as Adam, the Reilly wagon always drove by the Ferrante house and inspected what may be 'happening' so Billy could hop out and join in...The Ferrante house was a 'happening place.'
What fun, what a family of love! and togetherness...
Losing your husband and your dad, you soldiered ahead--you brave warriors...
and now I am so sad that you must find the strength to do the same...
my heart aches for you...each of you, losing your bro', your son--the pain must be agonizing...
and I am truly, truly sorry...
Five years ago this month, I ran into Jay in Marblehead...he gave me a warm, strong hug...asked about our family, I asked about each of you...then we sat outside of Java Sun and talked philosophy...he was much more interesting than I..35 minutes later, I hugged him, cried when I tried to say to him,"You are such a good good man...Thank you so much for the time you just spent talking with me.." I have loved this serendipitous meeting...promise you'll keep in touch'..oh, Mrs. Reilly, sure I will...'
we connected a few months later for a short 'catch up'...
I left that day being so grateful for that moment...but frankly, that vignette of life shall now bring greater perspective to my life..

Larry & Temmie Levitan

April 10, 2019

Dear Sue, Mark and Adam:
We thank you, so very much, for sharing your wonderful Jay with us! We have always loved him and considered him to be a special part of our family. When Jay was around, everything seemed brighter, for his genuine smile simply lit up each room that he entered!
His unmatched loyalty; his amazing wit; his commendable generosity; his sincere love for family and friends are only a few of the attributes that instill a sense of pride in all, especially us, who were fortunate enough to have had this magnificent person in our lives!
We shall always love him and miss him, especially on December 15 when he and our son, Bradd, shared the same birthday!
Our hearts and prayers are with all of you!
May the beautiful memories of the past help to comfort you in the near future.
Larry and Temmie Levitan
April 10, 2019 | Delray Beach, FL

bradd levitan

April 10, 2019

Jay, "don't call me James or I will punch you" was one of my best friends. I was lucky enough to have stayed close with Jay for the last 30 years. Among the sweetest most caring people in my life....
I will never forget when I was fired from my job at Pepsi in 1999...just two months before my first wedding. I received a plain white envelope in the mail from a marblehead address. Inside there was a check for $500 and a brief note," I would like to help you more pal but this is all I have." Of course, I never cashed the check, but to have a friend think like that, in our mid twenties was a first for me. We had the same birthday (12/15) one year a part.

Jay and I played baseball together...anyone who knows baseball knows that a fastball is the best pitch to hit. The best hitters bat cleanup and usually get nothing but curveballs. After college, Jay batted cleanup in life. He received nothing but curveballs, but found away to battle them off and always find base hits with love in "other" people's lives"...selfless and proud and the best of people who loved his family more than anyone I knew. I know your in a better place Jay and pray that you receive nothing but belt high fastballs forever....Love you always pal.

Danica Lima-Bybell

April 10, 2019

I just talked with Jay the other week - he was my go-to guy when I needed something done quickly and right. When I started at Logan, I didn't know what to think of him - he seemed very serious. I'm so glad I got to know him - his sense of humor was what kept me going on the days that I just needed to step away from the counter for a moment and breathe. It was a pleasure having him as part of my life.

Phyllis Smith

April 10, 2019

I will hold dear the many memories of Jay’s kindness and humor. He played the hand he was dealt with strength and was always there to support his friends and his friend’s parents. Hard as I tried to get him to call me by my first name he insisted that with all respect he had to call me Mrs Smith even as we cried and laughed together. Our family will keep him in our hearts and will miss him so very much.

Helene (Levitan)/Rosenberg

April 9, 2019

I had the privilege and joy of knowing Jay through his buddy, my brother Bradd. I’ll never forget the night Jay and his brothers joined us for a concert at Gillette Stadium. We ate Italian subs in the car, on the way there, and laughed the whole time, joking about family and friends. I enjoyed spending time with him and catching up during his visits to Bradd, here in Florida. I always admired his strength and perseverance, despite medical obstacles. I’m devastated to know that he’s gone, and I hope and pray that he’s at peace in heaven. My deepest condolences go out to his family and my wish is that they find comfort in his memory.