V. James "Jim" Popeo

August 4, 1930December 23, 2020

V. James "Jim" Popeo Of Peabody, formerly of Swampscott and East Boston

V. James Popeo of Peabody, died on December 23, 2020 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, Joan DeCristoforo Popeo and his seven children, Paula Popeo and her husband Robert Schilling of New Bedford, Nancy Popeo and her husband, Robert Murphy of Natick, James Popeo and his wife Holly of North Reading, Andrea Popeo of Marblehead, William Popeo and his wife Sharon of Portsmouth, NH, John Popeo and his wife Michele of Marblehead, Victoria Popeo of Bedminster, NJ, son-in-laws Paul Johnson of Swampscott and Daniel LaVecchia of Bedminster, NJ and fourteen grandchildren: Thomas Popeo, Jacquelyn Popeo, John Popeo and his wife Sarah, Vanessa and her husband Patrick Coonan, Anthony Popeo, Haley Bernatas, Emily Johnson, Sam Johnson and his fiancé Pip Owen, Mary Popeo, Andrew Popeo, William Popeo, Katrina and Nick Aielllo-Popeo and Olivia Popeo and Troy LaVecchia. He is survived by three siblings, Victor R. Popeo, M.D. and his wife Annette of Marco Island, Florida and Yarmouthport, MA (formerly of Walpole) and Attorney R. Robert Popeo and his wife Brenda of Needham and Oyster Harbors, and his sister, Mary A. Popeo (wife of the late Hank Greenberg) of Venice, Florida (formerly of Louisville, Kentucky). He was the brother of the late Helen J. Gladney (wife of the late Arthur Gladney) of Barrington, Rhode Island and the late Constance Popeo Wilson (wife of the late David Wilson) of Lexington, KY.

Jim as he was known to family and friends, grew up in East Boston and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School before going on to complete his degree at Boston University. He worked for many years in Springfield, MA as a social worker where he ran the Greater Springfield Community Center Association. He later became the Executive Director of the “War on Poverty” in Worcester and subsequently, as Assistant Secretary to the Department of Community Affairs during the Sargent administration. He and his wife Joan met at the East Boston Camps in Westford when they were thirteen years old, married and celebrated 68 years of marriage last summer. Jim was especially proud of his fourteen grandchildren and reveled in their accomplishments and loved their recent wedding celebrations where he could show off on the dance floor. He also liked to toast to the bride and groom and on one recent occasion, suggested that the other grandchildren might as well get married at the same time given the priest was already present and the celebration had already started. He was the life of the party and his favorite place to be at any time of year was his beloved cottage on Newfound Lake, his true home. Services will be private and are under the care of Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank via or via website listed below.


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Mary Scanlon

January 6, 2021

The Popeos stand out as examples of devotion to the family and the community. Surely, Jim Popeo "spread the love" and was a profound blessing to everyone whose life he touched. As the mom of five of Dr. Victor Popeo's patients (Bob, John, James, Martha, and Ben Chicoski), I am eternally grateful for his medical care, his guidance, and his wisdom; and I remember with fondness his anecdotes about his precious family. May the Popeos find comfort in knowing that Jim's life made a difference, and that the joy he brought will continue to be manifest in his loved ones.
Mary Scanlon Calcaterra (formerly Chicoski)


January 3, 2021

What a wonderful picture of your Dad, Andi! I am so sorry for your loss, and I am sending prayers and hugs to you and your family.

Paula Vaccari

January 3, 2021

I have great memories of my parent’s lifetime friendship with Jim and Joan. They’d often come to our house in Wakefield where Joan’s beautiful paintings were displayed in our family room, and Jim’s quick wit kept the whole house laughing. My condolences to the entire Popeo family.

Maureen White

December 30, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of Jim.... I got to know his beautiful wife, Joan, first ..... one of my first memories
of Jim was when I was going to visit Joan
and I saw this beautiful couple walking
out the front door, she in a beautiful polka
dotted dress with a hat, and, he, Jim , with
a hat, white pants , and, of course white
shoes , walking towards a huge white car,
either a Mercury, or Continental looking
like a couple out of West Side Story , a
Bugsby Siegel movie ..... they invited me along on their sojourn, and ,Jim thought he was taking us to Marshalls down the street, but, Joan recognized it straightaway as not being a clothing store, and, said my friend and I can’t get any
clothes here..... it was a machine shop ......
It was the most loving and meaningful
experience I had ever had ... I felt I was part of something so special ... he saw the blue Marshall’s sign and wanted us to have fun shopping ...... RIP my friend 🥰🙏

albert malagrifa

December 27, 2020

i grew up with jim and actually worked with him as a camp aid and assistant also at boys club
was a counselor with him

one of the nicest people you can ever meet
the world will be at a loss

iggy, red pelosi angelo musto will greet him with open arms

Steven DiGiulio

December 26, 2020

Our deepest sympathy, condolences, and sorrow over the loss of Jim Popeo. He was a great man, a role model Dad, and a very well liked and affable person who had an infectious laugh that could light up the room and those around him. He raised a great family of seven children, That in itself is a momentous accomplishment. We were so very happy to see him at the family reunion in 2019! It was a joyous occasion to see him again, and we had hoped to see him at the next reunion although our Lord and God had other plans for him. He will always remain in our hearts and minds. We hope that you find comfort in the fact that so very many people loved him and will miss him. Love, Steve, Cathy, Melissa, Amanda

Denise Popeo

December 25, 2020

We all loved Uncle Jim who was the sweetest, kindest, most fun person to be around His infectious smile will be forever etched in my memory along with so many great moments and funny stories. Miss you and love you! Your loving niece, Denise