James Ralph Grande died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. He was surrounded by his children and his brother Ralph who was at his side. He joins his wife Marylin Joyce Grande who passed in 2013 and his son Christopher R Grande who passed in 2018. .
He is survived by his son, James W Grande, his daughters, Catherine A Taylor, Lisa M Follen, Allison H Voelger, Marylin V Hathaway, along with 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
“Jimmy” was born in the North End of Boston on September 17, 1931 and lived his childhood on Kennebec Street in Mattapan. In March of 1952 he joined the Navy as a Seabee and joined the 9th Battalion as a heavy equipment operator. He served in Alaska and Subic Bay, The Philippines. His final assignment was to NATO headquarters in Naples, Italy where he met a young Marine Sergeant by the name of Marylin Joyce Warman and on April 1, 1955, in the Vesuvius Hotel in Naples, he asked her to be his wife.
When he returned home to Boston with his new wife and son, he continued his career as a heavy equipment operator with a vision that would affect the lives of thousands. He believed education was the key to success in any field and was devoted to improving the lives of a skilled labor force by establishing an apprenticeship training program for heavy equipment operators throughout New England. Today, that same program with responsible managers continues to build upon his life work to train and prepare hundreds of union operators to pursue careers that provide for them and their families. Though he had only a high school education, his devotion to a vision for so many and his commitment to education carried him to chair the State Board of Education.
So much will be said about Dad. So many achievements. So many stories. We welcome all to join us to celebrate the life that he lived. To laugh, to cry, to reflect………………to pray.
To live the vision he had for each of us.
The family looks forward to visiting with all who wish to join in a celebration of his life on Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 1-3 PM. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 26 at 10:00 AM at St. Pius X Church, Station Ave., South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Burial will follow with military honors at 12:45 PM at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
A Final Prayer
"Joyce and I have traveled a lifetime together and now our time has come. We now reach the Apex of this journey into life everlasting. Lord we know you have been with us every step of the way and we now appear for final judgement. I thank you Lord for our Faith and guidance from your church but as a sinner my judgement day has come. I now stand before You, God our Father seeking your final decision. Conscious of my past, I beg you Father to please forgive me. I know full-well that my every sin has caused you as much pain as the nails driven into Your body at Your crucifixion, a pain which will last for an eternity. My time is now. Please God our Father should your will be done, have mercy on me and when our penance is complete please bring Joyce and I together into your sacred embrace that we may serve you for eternity in the Blessed Trinity. Please Lord have mercy on our souls and may your will be done, now and forever."
Thank you Father............Amen
Jim & Joyce Grande