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James P. Simokonis
February 3, 2024
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James P. Simokonis, 66, of Worcester, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 3, 2024, peacefully at his home. Jim was 8 days shy of his 67th birthday.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maureen E. (Roix) Simokonis; a daughter Theresa E. Abasciano, her husband Brian and their children Bella, Chris and Nick, of Ashland; a son Patrick J. Simokonis of Berkley, his children, Claire, Owen and Sophie, and his partner Danielle N. Murphy and her daughter Hayden; a son Gregory J. Simokonis, his wife Ryanne, and their daughter Drew, of Manchester-by-the-Sea; two brothers, John Simokonis and his wife Joanne, and Thomas Simokonis and his wife Cathy, all of Worcester; a sister Linda Gagliastre and her husband Michael of Shrewsbury; and many nieces and nephews. Jim is now reunited with their preemie son, Joey, who was 9 months old when he died on July 17, 1987.
Jim was born in Worcester, son of John C. and Sophie T. (Kurjan) Simokonis, and lived in Worcester all of his life. He grew up in the Vernon Hill area, where he was active with sports, Boy Scouts and an altar server. Later, he and Maureen raised their family in Tatnuck Square. Since Jim and Maureen were nineteen years old, they had beautiful memories traveling together. One of his greatest joys was to spend time together with Maureen at their home in Dennis Port on Cape Cod, where they loved to take their kids to the drive on beaches, spending all day with family and friends.
He was a graduate of the former Boys Trade High School, now Worcester Technical High School, in 1975. Jim worked as an engineer for 41 years in the Abrasives Division of Saint-Gobain, formally known as Norton Company, until his retirement in 2019.
He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting throughout New England and fishing in Cape Cod Bay. He loved woodworking and cherished his boat, “My Merit.” Jim was a devoted fan of New England sports teams. For the last 13 years, his most favorite pastime has been the company of his seven grandchildren, who lovingly refer to him as “Papa” and they were his world. Papa was their #1 fan at ball games, gymnastics, plays and recitals.
The calling hours will be on Friday, February 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 10, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, 931 Main St., Worcester. Monsignor Scollen, who married Jim and Maureen on September 8, 1979, will officiate the funeral mass. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery.