IANNONI, James E., of Boston, died peacefully at home on September 15th, surrounded by his family, after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Mingo Junction, OH, on July 19, 1942, James is survived by his son, Nicholas Iannoni of Boston; daughter, Gemma Iannoni of Cambridge; former spouse and dear friend, Barbara (Massaro) Iannoni of Newburyport, MA; partner, John (Patrick) Edmunds of Boston; sister, Patricia (Maguire Iannoni) Ninerell and nephew, Lawrence Ninerell of New Jersey; and niece, Julie (Ninerell) Huffine of Pennsylvania.
He is predeceased by his parents, Grace (Cascioli) and Donato Iannoni of Mingo Junction, Ohio.
James was a former associate professor of philosophy at Merrimack College (North Andover, MA) during the late 60's and early 70's. He was a mentor and inspiration to his students, challenging them in thought-provoking discussions that often continued beyond the walls of the classroom. He ultimately began a second career as a technical recruiter in the engineering and science fields and was employed as a senior staffing specialist at Merck at the time of his death. He was known for his passion for diversity and was well-respected for his love and commitment to his work.
Before relocating to Boston, James resided with his family in Hampton, CT where he served for several years as a member of the board of education. His determination and dedication to enrich the learning environment for the children of his community culminated in the approval of a new elementary school, later constructed under his leadership as chairman of the building committee.
James will always be remembered for his kind and gentle manner, thought fulness and humility. He instilled a joy of cooking and an appreciation of fine food in his family, teaching his children the art of pastry and pasta-making at an early age. Besides caring for his garden, one of his favorite pastimes was attending a Handel and Haydn Society performance with his daughter.
A private memorial service will take place at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT where James enjoyed many happy times with family and friends.
Donations in his memory can be made to one of the following: VNA Hospice Care, 100 Tradecenter G-500 Woburn, MA 01801 -1872 www.hospicecarema.org/
The Handel and Haydn Society, 300 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115 www.handelandhaydn.org