James "Jimmy" G. Marceline

October 23, 1925January 28, 2018

JAMES G. MARCELINE, 92 Lifelong Harwich Resident, Advocate for Education, Entrepreneur

James G. “Jimmy” Marceline, 92, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth M. “Lillian” Marceline. Born and raised in Harwich, Jimmy was a man truly devoted to the place he called home. There is not a corner of the Town of Harwich that he didn’t touch. Over the years he was actively involved in the growth and improvement of the town, attended Town Meeting whenever possible, and helped in the formation of municipal organizations such as the Cranberry Valley Golf Course. Always a fierce advocate for education, Jimmy provided constant support for the Harwich School System at all levels and played a vital role in the establishment of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. His hard work for Harwich and her residents earned him honors such as being an inaugural inductee into the Harwich High School Hall of Fame. He was also a recipient of the Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Memorial Award for his advocacy work on behalf of those less fortunate. Jimmy Marceline not only served the Town of Harwich but also proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII earning numerous military awards and honors. Jimmy built and established Marceline Salvage and Trucking and was a junk dealer by trade most of his life. His business thrived because he was a man who saw the value in everything. For him, there was always something that needed to be done. It was this drive and desire to work that kept him going for over 90 years. When not working, Jimmy always enjoyed reading the daily newspaper, tending to his garden or farm, watching a baseball, basketball, or football game on TV or having a hot, delicious meal with family or friends. Jimmy Marceline was the father of Mary Rita Leyva and spouse Rafael of Harwich, Wayne L. Marceline of Harwich, Gwen P. Marceline and spouse Eric Rosen of Arlington, Carole M. Marceline of Randolph, and Patrick J. Marceline and spouse Lori of Uxbridge. He was the grandfather of Rachel L. Marceline, Danielle M. Marceline, Lucia Cristina Leyva, James R. Leyva, Maylese R. Leyva, Justin M. Marceline, Joelle M. Marceline, Daniel J. Rosen, and Jeffrey D. Rosen. He was also the great-grandfather of Brynn E. Hutton, Mason M. Tomlinson, Hayden A. Feliú and Jaxon J. Marceline. A visitation will be held Friday, February 2, from 4-9 p.m., in the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main St., West Harwich. A funeral will form Saturday, February 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main St., West Harwich. Interment will be in Island Pond Cemetery, Island Pond Road, Harwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, 133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, MA 02645 or to the McCarthy Care Center (formerly the Mary McCarthy Hospice House), 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537.


  • Visitation Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Funeral Procession Gathering Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, February 3, 2018

James "Jimmy" G. Marceline

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Don & Cathi Crandall

February 16, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers to the Marceline family. We feel blessed to have had the privilege of knowing Jim. He truly was a great guy. The world was a better place with him in it. We will miss you Jimmy....see you on the other side.

Brian Blackmore

February 5, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the entire Marceline family. Mr. Marceline was, and is a giant of a man.
The town of Harwich will feel his influence for generations to come.
We should all feel so fortunate to have known him.

Mary Crowell

February 3, 2018

I had the honor of meeting Jimmy 3 years ago through the Bank I work for and the then president Joel Crowell. Jimmy left an impression on me like no other. He was the quintessential gentleman and as kind as could be. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family. You were blessed to have such a special person in your lives. Mary F Crowell, South Chatham, MA

Craig Athayde

February 2, 2018

Dear Patrick and family,
Your dad was quite a guy. I remember when we were kids he said to remember, that bull can come through the narrow door anytime he wants too and don't get off the fence until you actually see where the bull is. This advice has served me well in my life! May warm thoughts, good memories and kind prayers comfort you all at this time.

tom birch

February 2, 2018

my thoughts and prayers are with jimmy's family, especially the town of harwich who lost one of the most loved men to call harwich their home. JIMMY is all about class and dignity, traits that he held in the highest regard, i never once came across jimmy that he didn't have a warm smile and hello. i will miss seeing him around town, however i am a blessed man to have known him. Harwich is a blessed town because of mr Marceline. bless you my friend

Tom Adams

February 2, 2018

I am most grateful to have known Mr.Marceline. A wonderful man and a great attribute to the community. He will greatly missed

Stacy Gomes

February 2, 2018

Dear Carole, Justin and Joelle, I offer my most heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that he is at peace and with your Mom/Grandma. Love you always.

Michael and Karen Monteiro

February 2, 2018

Deepest condolences to the entire Marceline Family,Danielle, may your grandfather rest in peace, he was an amazing man

Pete & Alice Norgeot

February 2, 2018

To the entire Marceline family:
Jimmie taught me about trusting strangers. Even a 14 year old kid. He trusted that I would take only what I paid for from his junkyard and he went out of his way to help each time I showed up. I have carried those values for my whole life because of him. To say I am grateful would be a gross understatement. Jimmie changed my world for the better, as I know he did for many others.

During her school years in Harwich, and particularly during her 30 years working for the town, Alice exemplified the values she learned from Jimmie by treating everyone as equals, working to better the town, and listening rather than reacting.

You should all be very proud. Everyone is richer because he was here.

suzi fitzgerald

February 2, 2018

I Love you Uncle Jimmy..