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Jim Mellett Jr.

December 8, 1943January 27, 2021

On January 27, 2021, James P. Mellett, Jr. lost his battle with COVID-19. Jim was born in Boston, MA on December 8, 1943 to the late James P. and Margaret Fay Mellett. He grew up with a close knit extended family with his siblings, Maureen, Paula and Ken and many cousins in Roslindale. Jim went on to attend Boston Latin School, Boston College High School, and graduate from Georgetown University. It was at Georgetown where he met the one true love of his life, Valerie Troy, whom he married in 1968 and celebrated his 52nd anniversary with this year.

He was an entrepreneur from an early age, founding secretarial turned business training schools. Over the last several years, Jim and Val owned and ran the Carriage House Inn in Chatham until they retired in 2017.

In the early 70’s, much to the surprise of the locals, Jim and some others bought a blueberry mountain in New Hampshire. It was a way to be closer to the land, and to get his kids out of New Jersey where they learned to work hard and appreciate what they had while so many others had not. There he befriended an old-timer, Mason and his dear wife, Millie, who came to the rescue of the “flatlander” countless times.

Music was central to his life. He could burst into song at any given moment - be it a song from his barbershop days or an old Irish favorite. His amazement when he returned from his first trip to Ireland was the discovery of just how many relatives he had who were just like him.

Jim devoted his life in faith-filled service to others, from cooking in soup kitchens to mentoring those transitioning from homelessness at Champ Homes in Hyannis. Over the last few months, he felt privileged to be the ‘Big Brother’ of an incredible 8-year old boy with whom he shared many laughs and bowls of ice cream with. Jim lit up a room with his great big personality and shared many tales with strangers or close friends alike. He was a force of life that will be sorely missed by many.

In addition to his wife, Val, Jim is survived by his siblings, Maureen (and Michael Humin), Paula O’Brien (and Carol Chamberlain) and Ken (and MaryEllen Mellett), numerous cousins, his four children, Tricia Keenan, Kerry (and Glenn Hoag), James P (and the late Tasha Mellett), and Valerie (Buffy) Mellett, his 5 grandchildren, Kiah, River, Cole, Bryce and Ani, and 2 great grandchildren, Ronnie and Wyatt. He was also survived by numerous others who thought of him as a second father or Da, as he was known.

A private mass will be held for family. A proper Irish sendoff will be held when we can all gather safely.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Champ Homes, Hyannis, MA, https://www.champhomes.org/.

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Sandra Jordan

February 16, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. To his family my heart goes out to you all. I was lucky enough to work under Jim at Gibbs College in Connecticut. Jim was THE BEST PRESIDENT that I have ever worked under!!! Jim was active as a President, he went out of his way to help you!!! I spent many days on the road with him working on articulation agreements for area high schools and we worked hard but he made it fun!!!
His mentorship meant so much to me and it gave me the wings I needed to fly. My career advancement in higher education has a lot to do with Jim and I’m so grateful and thankful for his guidance!!
RIP JIM- the heavens have a new Angel.
God Bless
Sandra Jordan.

Renee Gallagher

February 16, 2021

Dear Val,
Vince and I were so sad to hear about Jim's passing. We have followed your adventures from your purchase of the Blueberry Mountain to you all running the Carriage House on the Cape. Brenda, Rita , Nina and I were all going to take a road trip, two or three years ago to visit you ,but our family lives got busy.
I hope your wonderful children and grandchildren fill your life now, we are all so grateful to have our families.
But we will always remember our wonderful memories of Marymount, Georgetown and the Americana Hotel.
Val, please keep in touch.
Love, Renee and Vince

Deborah Guha

February 15, 2021

Dear Val,

I was so very sorry to hear that Jim had passed away. I had stayed at the Carriage House Inn several times with my daughter and son-in-law while visiting my family Jon & Chris Avery in Chatham. It was always so much fun to hear Jim’s stories and enjoy his chocolate chip cookies as well as your delicious breakfasts. Chris sent me his obituary from The Cape Cod Chronicle. You shared an amazing life with “Amazing Jim”! You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Kind regards, Debbie Guha, Greenport, N.Y.

Brenda Gregory

February 14, 2021

Valerie, so sorry to hear about Jim! He was such a fun guy and always so entertaining ! Please send my heartfelt condolences to your family for us and so sorry to hear of your loss, I know he will be sorely missed! I hope we can get together perhaps this summer to reminisce with you. My hearts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Blessings, Brenda and KG

Bob Sutherland

February 13, 2021

Classmates, teammates and friends, a long time ago at B.C. High. Reconnected some 50 years later after receiving an email sent to his B.C. High classmates telling us that he and Val had returned to Massachusetts. Since then, one night each summer, my wife and I, another B.C. High classmate and his wife, and Jim and Val would meet, have dinner and tell stories. Jim always told at least one that brought out the smiles.

Val, my sympathies to you and your family.

Jim, one more story: What’s a Cell Leader?

Paul Sullivan

February 12, 2021

Eased my departure from Dorchester to far-flung West Roxbury (Was it even in Boston?) in the midst of our junior year in BC High. Jim ferried me back and forth with the rest of the Roslindale, West Roxbury crew without hesitation. Perhaps a small but unforgettable gesture of kindness on his part, never to be forgotten. His life story gladdens my heart.

Paul Felice

February 4, 2021

Wonderful memories and gratitude to Jim. Hired me for my first private sector job; it’s where I met and courted Shirley (my future and current wife of 32 years); and who can forget all those wonderful social gatherings at the Old Tappan homestead. Thinking of Val, the family and the many people Jim touched over the years. Thanks, Jim, for everything!

JR Mell

February 4, 2021

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands, we extend our deepest condolences to Jim's family and friends. We were fortunate enough to have Jim as a mentor to a boy on the Cape who will have lasting memories because of Jim's mentorship. Jim was a great man who will be truly missed by so many.

Charles J. Kenny Jr. Kenny

February 4, 2021

Ken and family - I am so sorry for your loss. May your brother Rest In Peace with our Lord. Please accept my condolences and sympathy. Charlie

John Gannon

February 4, 2021

I am sorry to hear that my cousin Jimmy lost his life - I will miss him as many others will but I am happy to have known him - Sorry for his family and friends who have known him and lost a friend.