James Henry Melia

April 5, 1944September 18, 2019

James “Jim” Henry Melia On Wednesday, October 2nd, Jim Melia’s funeral mass will be celebrated in the same parish church where he attended elementary school and served as an altar boy as a child. Jim passed away peacefully on September 18th, following a short illness. Welcomed into the world on April 5th, 1944, by his parents Joseph and Louise, and siblings Helen, Joe, Fenton, and Patricia, Jim grew up in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, and was a proud alumnus of Blanchet High School and Seattle University. Jim enjoyed a long career in the travel industry, beginning with Eastern Airlines during the golden age of air travel. In retirement, Jim found great happiness traveling, doting on his grandchildren, and serving as an usher for the Seattle Mariners. Jim touched many people with his sense of humor and generous heart. Jim is survived by his loving wife Sheryl, just shy of celebrating 45 wonderful years of marriage, their son Tim, and two beautiful grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at St. John The Evangelist on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 11 am (106 N 79th Street, Seattle, WA 98103), followed by a burial service at Holyrood Cemetery (205 NE 205th St., Shoreline, WA 98155).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association at


  • Memorial Mass Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, October 2, 2019


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Joanne Sheridan

September 28, 2019

I remember Jim so fondly from St. John's and blanchet. I really appreciated all of his email updates. He will be missed.

Sue Bragg

September 23, 2019

My love and prayers to Jim and his entire family. He will be truly missed from our Mariner's team and family.