OBITUARY: James F. Ozelis, 81

WILMINGTON, MA — James F. Ozelis, known by his nicknames “Digger” in his younger years, “Jim” during those in between, and known affectionately as “GoGo” during his final 6 years at the nursing home he presided at, left us for his new heavenly home on April 27, 2020. The man of many nicknames (we will go with “Jim” here) was born and raised in Boston (Roxbury), Massachusetts, born on July 27, 1938 to Andrew and Frances Ozelis, one of six children. Jim started his working career as a young boy shining shoes on city streets, and would continue laboring for many years to come, including 30+ years at the Stop & Shop Bakery (North Station-Boston) and later for several years at Logan Airport. At the age of 18, he married his one and only girl, “SueSue” (Camille), from the North End of Boston, and together they created a humble life together, as well as 4 children, and resided in the North End, and then later in Medford and Wilmington. SueSue has remained by his side throughout quite a long and winding journey.

Jim was an avid sports fan and a pretty decent athlete himself, scoring several trophies in both bowling and softball during his earlier days. He could be found at the North End ballpark playing softball on many a warm summer evening back in the day and even continued with this passion as part the “over 40” softball league. He enjoyed being a member of the Irish American Club in Malden, Massachusetts some years back, as well as his hobbies of collecting knick-knacks and creating photo collages. In later years, he spent countless hours cheering on his Boston team favorites, the Sox and the Patriots who kept him animated and entertained while confined to his wheelchair. Jim waged a challenging 12 year battle with diabetes, strokes and related complications including paralysis and severe aphasia (“GoGo” was his way of speaking), but sadly it was Covid-19 that presented the final battle that he couldn’t win.

Having been predeceased by his parents Andrew and Frances Ozelis, as well his son Joseph Ozelis, his brothers Joseph Ozelis and Donald Ozelis, and his sisters Donna Ozelis and Maureen Gladstone, Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Camille (“SueSue” Pesaturo) of Wilmington, MA; daughter Sharon DiFronzo and husband Rico (“Rick” of Medford, MA; daughter Colleen Caterino and partner Brian of Tewksbury, MA; daughter Kimberley O’Brien and husband Edward of Medford, MA; granddaughter Kristin Wood and husband Greg of Nashua, NH; sister Dorothy Kalton of Somerville, MA and several nieces and nephews. Jim also leaves behind his great-grandchild, beloved Joshua (“JJ”) of Nashua, NH who always brought a huge smile to his face and heart.

Due to the current challenging situation with Covid-19, services will have to be private, with the possibility of a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jim’s name to the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation, P.O. Box 34635, Bethesda, MD 20827 (website http://www.daref.org). Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind expressions. ~ The Family of James Ozelis.

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Dello Russo Funeral Home.)

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