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Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home

142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA

OBITUARY

James J. Lauria

August 9, 1941December 24, 2019
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MARBLEHEAD – James “Jim” Joseph Lauria, 78, a longtime resident of Marblehead passed away at Kaplan Family Hospice House, in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, Jim was the son of Joseph and Louise (Schraffa) Lauria. He was the loving father of Jacqueline Weaver of Falmouth, James Lauria of Maine, Caitlin Lauria of Marblehead, and Kelsey Lauria of Beverly; the cherished grandfather of Abigail, Samuel and Amelia Weaver, and Jacob, Eric and Joey Lauria; the cherished brother of Anthony Lauria of Nevada, and Concetta Lauria of Arizona; the former husband of Denise (Kuszmar) Lauria of Marshfield; and the uncle of several nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from Boston Latin High School with the class of 1959 and attended The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a real estate appraiser in Marblehead for many years, he became a familiar face to many around town. With his larger than life smile and personality, he quickly became the unofficial “Mayor of Marblehead.” One of his favorite pastimes was drinking his morning coffee from Java and walking his late dog, Charlie, on Riverhead Beach in Marblehead. From skiing in the Swiss Alps to golfing on the greens at Hilton Head, Jimmy led a fulfilling and adventurous life surrounded by wonderful, lifelong friends. He was a member of the Dolphin Yacht Club, the Gerry 5 VFA, and was a regular at Maddie’s Sail Loft. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends, who have been generous with their outpouring of love and support throughout the end of his life. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 30th, at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Burial will follow at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 260 W Exchange St, Providence, RI 02903 or via www.lung.org. To share a memory or offer online condolences please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Funeral Mass with burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead Monday, December 30, 2019

Memories

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Vin Conte

December 29, 2019

Our friend has moved on. He caught a fresh wind and is on course. We have heartfelt love and memories, not enough, but this is our part. He loved his family and did all that he could for them. He loved Marblehead, he loved East Boston, he loved boating, he loved skiing. He traveled the world. He kicked the shit out of golf balls. Although,I don't get that the golf thing, but I'm going to give it a shot. Because of Jimmy, he always said I should try it again. But most importantly he was my friend. I knew what we said,to each other in confidence, was dead end. I trusted him implicitly, never a doubt. I'll go on,as we all will,but this piece of our being is gone. The joy and honor to have such a person in our lives is a gift and a glimpse of how family is. Jimmy let's take the wind and go that way, Love you!

Sue Lyle

December 29, 2019

Dear Jim,
I feel lucky to have once called you Boss...the best ever.
I feel lucky to have called you Friend over the years.
What a great sense of humor, love of adventure, and a humble view of life you have had.
You leave behind so many people who have fun, funny and great memories of the wonderful person you are.
My husband, John, wants you to know how special a person you are, and that he considered you a friend, even tho he knew you a short time.
💝Sue

Lori Peace

December 28, 2019

Though I'd seen his face around town often, it wasn't until his last couple of months that I met & got to know Jim. Slightly sarcastic, witty, and firm in his beliefs, Jim was very caring & definitely had a deep fondness for his friendships and love for his family. Only knowing Jim for that short amount of time, and spending moments in his company, helped to give me a broader perspective of life. I thank him for this. I will never forget him. R.I.P. Sunshine.

Ron Gravel

December 28, 2019

There will never be another James Lauria.
He was not only a dear friend of mine, but also a Insurance business partner spanning many years.
I will miss Jim and his childish and sincere grin.

Barry Goldberg

December 27, 2019

I am so honored to have had a friendship with Jimmy for over 50 years.

May the Good Lord bless and keep you until we meet again.

With all my heart,

Barry

Tom OBrien

December 27, 2019

Lots of good food and lots of laughs!... me and the boys , and the girls from Winthrop will miss you...

jennifer oleary

December 27, 2019

coffee and egg and cheese sandwiches, wonderful man ,gone way to soon. light and love jim

Joe Downes

December 27, 2019

So many memories of times spent with a great friend. One of my favorites is the long Sunday afternoons spent sailing on my brother-in-law’ Vinny’s boat. The boat was always packed with plenty of friends and family. Our only destination would depend on the wind but no mater where we went, there was always plenty of story telling and lots of laughter. The day would end back at the Dolphin Yacht Club where so many people knew Jimmy and were always happy to share their day with him. I will truly miss this guy and my heart felt condolences go out to his family and to all the friends he gathered throughout his life. RIP my friend. Love, Donna & Joe.

Terry DiPasquale

December 27, 2019

I have many happy and funny memories of Jimmy that go back to my teenage age days. Jim your sense of humor and loving personality will live forever in our hearts . My deepest sympathy to his family and I know that they will always remember his laugh and that smile he had for everyone. Rest in peace dear Jimmy, Love Terry Di

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Biography

MARBLEHEAD – James “Jim” Joseph Lauria, 78, a longtime resident of Marblehead passed away at Kaplan Family Hospice House, in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Boston, Jim was the son of Joseph and Louise (Schraffa) Lauria. He was the loving father of Jacqueline Weaver of Falmouth, James Lauria of Maine, Caitlin Lauria of Marblehead, and Kelsey Lauria of Beverly; the cherished grandfather of Abigail, Samuel and Amelia Weaver, and Jacob, Eric and Joey Lauria; the cherished brother of Anthony Lauria of Nevada, and Concetta Lauria of Arizona; the former husband of Denise (Kuszmar) Lauria of Marshfield; and the uncle of several nieces and nephews.
Jim graduated from Boston Latin High School with the class of 1959 and attended The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a real estate appraiser in Marblehead for many years, he became a familiar face to many around town. With his larger than life smile and personality, he quickly became the unofficial “Mayor of Marblehead.” One of his favorite pastimes was drinking his morning coffee from Java and walking his late dog, Charlie, on Riverhead Beach in Marblehead. From skiing in the Swiss Alps to golfing on the greens at Hilton Head, Jimmy led a fulfilling and adventurous life surrounded by wonderful, lifelong friends. He was a member of the Dolphin Yacht Club, the Gerry 5 VFA, and was a regular at Maddie’s Sail Loft. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends, who have been generous with their outpouring of love and support throughout the end of his life.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 30th, at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Burial will follow at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 260 W Exchange St, Providence, RI 02903 or via www.lung.org. To share a memory or offer online condolences please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.