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James Joseph Ricci

July 23, 1945 - February 2, 2018

James Ricci: July 23, 1945 - February 2, 2018

Service Date: February 8, 2018

Posted by:
Candace Charland

Posted on:
February 13, 2018

My deepest sympathies to everyone who Jim held dear to his heart... there certainly are many. In 2015, when I first met Jim, I instantly felt his kind and caring nature and knew that he’d easily become a special person in my life. Anytime I saw him, he always had a great big hug for me and he genuinely cared how I was doing. One of my favourite memories of Jim was how determined he was when celebrating family birthdays. You see, in November 2015 (when it was Steve’s birthday) I thought it would be funny for all of us to yell the song “happy birthday” as loud as we could... and boy what a reaction everyone had. Not only did Steve look speechless (understandably so, although something that doesn’t happen very often), but we all couldn’t stop laughing at ourselves for how silly we all looked while belting it out. It was then that it became a ritual for every birthday after that. The great part was that Jim always ensured he sat next to birthday person, so that he could yell directly into their ear with everything he had. It was so comical to see... I was always surprised that Jim still had a voice after that song... as you could see the veins popping out of his face and neck because he wanted to make sure you heard him. Lol Jim was a beautiful person who shared his love, warmth and wonderful sense of humour. He may not be able to be with us down here, but he will always remain in my heart and memory. Love you Jim xox

Posted by:
Craig McIntyre

Posted on:
February 9, 2018

TO Scott, Jeff and family. My most heartfelt condolences. Fond memories of football with your father. As you both know, you always remember the great coaches, and your father was one of them.

Posted by:
Tas and Amanda Sotiropoulos

Posted on:
February 8, 2018

Scott, Jeff and the entire Ricci Family. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dad. He was a great father, uncle, coach and teacher and he will be greatly missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by:
Michele and Brian Kelly

Posted on:
February 8, 2018

Marg, Scott, Jeff and your families. Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. Brian and I had the opportunity to work with Jim at St. Mark; he was such a kind gentleman and a wonderful "joker" with a great sense of humor. We will always remember his infectious laughter, his ability to have a conversation with anyone at the photocopier and the slaps on the back for a job well done. He was SO proud of his family and was happy to TALK and share his thoughts about how much he loved ALL OF YOU. Regards Brian and Michele

Posted by:
Glenn Reid

Posted on:
February 8, 2018

To the Ricci family, My sincerest condolences to all of you. May Mr. Ricci find peace in Heaven and I hope all of you find peace with support from those around you. Mr. Ricci was a wonderful person and a fat as tic teacher! I had the pleasure of having Mr. Ricci as a teacher at St. Matthew ' s. I look back on those memories with great fondness. God Bless

Posted by:
Shon bellefeuille

Posted on:
February 7, 2018

Jeff and Scott, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, I really can’t say enough about what he meant to me when we were younger and leading how to play ball the right way, he was the reason I loved the game so much. Rip Mr. Ricci.

Posted by:
Mary Lemoine

Posted on:
February 7, 2018

Sincere condolences to all the family! Jim and I worked together at St. Matthew High School back in the day. When I think of Jim I remember his jovial, compassionate spirit. He always had a big smile for all he met, students and staff alike. Jim knew how to make each person he encountered feel special and valued. May you be comforted by all of your fond memories!

Posted by:
Hoekstra family

Posted on:
February 7, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the Ricci family on Jim''s passing. Rest in peace Jim. Pat and Paul Hoekstra and family.

Posted by:
Nicole St-Jean

Posted on:
February 7, 2018

Hi Jeff My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family. I am sorry for your loss. Life goes on. Your family, Rachel and the little ones will help you through this sad part of your life. Take care Nicole St-Jean

Posted by:
Samantha Di Virgilio

Posted on:
February 7, 2018

Dearest Ricci Family, So many fond memories of Mr Ricci from St Matt's. He was definitely one of my all time favourite teachers. So sorry to hear of his passing. May he be well taken care of in heaven, as you will all be here, through prayers, support and many memories. My deepest condolences Samantha Di Virgilio

Posted by:
Pat and Ted Bellefeuille

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

Jeff and Scott, we are so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was a great man and we have so many memories of him as Shon's baseball coach, and how kind he was to Steve to let him be the Bat Boy for the team. So many games and road trips to remember. He will be missed. Pat and Ted

Posted by:
Denis Savoie

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

Dear Marg and family.....I cannot tell you how saddened I am at the passing of my life long friend. Although Jim was a few year older than me, he was good friends with my older brother Terry but I also remember that as a younger brother Jim never excluded me from any of their antics and there were many. Memories of baseball teams, championships and times together flood back to me. He as a wonderful man, husband, teacher, friend, brother, guide, companion. He lived, he loved and he did both with his usual charm and grace. I could go on with my memories but suffice to say, I will miss him. "God, please wrap this family in your never ending love and give unto your servant the perpetual life that he earned while we had him"

Posted by:
Margaret Simpson

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

Margaret, Jeff, and Scott - My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Jim was such a vibrant person that he left an impression on all who knew him. I was always so impressed with his patience and caring concern with and for the high needs students. God bless you all. Marg Simpson

Posted by:
Sherrie Beland-Lalonde

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

To the Ricci family, My sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May you find comfort knowing you are in my thoughts and prayers and may the wonderful memories carry you through the hard times ahead. Mr. Ricci was one of the most loved teachers in our high School (St. Matthew Catholic High School). He will truly be missed and we will remember him fondly this year at our 30 year reunion. RIP beautiful angel.

Posted by:
Shawn Nystrand

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

I was devastated when I heard this news last evening. Mr. Ricci was my homeroom teacher at St. Matthew in 1986-87 and one of my favourite teachers of all time. He was a great man. Rest in peace, sir.

Posted by:
pat leahy

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

To the Ricci Family, I along with my family, were saddened to hear of the passing of Jim, a Gentleman, teacher and a mentor to many. He will be missed. May God bless. The Leahy Family

Posted by:
Wendy Reynolds

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

Marg, Scot, Jeff and your families - my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So many of the St. Mark family have great memories of this spirited homeroom teacher and colleague. He opened all of our eyes to the importance of inclusion by showing us the dignity in all people as he cared for our special needs students. We are all better to have worked and learned from Jim. God bless.

Posted by:
Robert and Carolyn Gear

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

My condolences to the Ricci Family. I'm saddened by Jim's passing. I'm glad we had the reunion when we did. Our reunion brought back some of our past get togethers we had GROWING up. We had some fun GROWING up . Memories I won't forget. Rest in Peace Jim. There are ballparks in Heaven. Friends always! Bob and Carolyn Gear

Posted by:
Tim Leclair

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

Jeff and scott sorry for your loss. your dad taught me and so many others about baseball. He took us to the provincals and we won. I will never forget what he taught me .

Posted by:
Nida and Chris Kealey

Posted on:
February 6, 2018

To Jim's family - Although we have never met we got to know your wonderful husband and father a few years ago. Jim was a special friend to our son Evan during the summer DE program at St. Matt's. Jim was so wonderful with our boy and we will never forget his warm and caring ways. Hope your heavy hearts will heal with time and that precious memories will give you comfort.

Posted by:
Fam Reitsma

Posted on:
February 5, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the Ricci family. Mr Riici has been a wonderful teacher and friend for Josine. Bert& Ineke Reitsma, Bas, Simone, Elisabeth, Annemieke, Robert&Josine.

Posted by:
Shamrock Franey

Posted on:
February 5, 2018

Scott, Jeff and all family, So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I will always cherish the great times we had with him as a umpire at the Osgoode Ladies Ball league and the great times golfing. Forever in our hearts. Your memories will now be treasures you keep close.

Posted by:
Sherry Bellefeuille

Posted on:
February 5, 2018

To the Ricci Family. My deepest sympathies, Jim was a wonderful man. He had the best laugh and was a great person to work with . His passion for DE students was inspiring to say the least. I will truly miss him. Sincerely Sherry Wallace

Posted by:
Kathi Zimmer

Posted on:
February 5, 2018

Margaret, my thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Remember the beautiful memories you made together, the wonderful adventures you had together and the deep love that you shared. I hope those memories bring you some peace during this very difficult time. Love and prayers Kathi & Kevin

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