James "Jim" R. Lemeris

Saturday, March 3rd, 1934 - Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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James Robert Lemeris, Sr. of Enfield, beloved husband of Joan Devine Lemeris passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at St. Francis hospital on Tuesday June 9, 2020.   Jim was born on March 3, 1934 in New Britain to the late John and Helen Lemeris.  He graduated from New Britain High School and worked at Pratt and Whitney for over 35 years.  He loved playing football in High School.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. He was a talented craftsman making furniture for the family in his workshop. But mostly he loved spending time with his family.  He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan and his four children, Joan Lee of Niantic, James Lemeris, Jr and his wife Jodie of Cromwell, Anne Lemeris and her wife Chris from Broad Brook and Joseph Lemeris and his wife Kathy from Enfield; 9 grandchildren, Karen Knightly and her husband Travis, Jacqueline Lee, James Lemeris, III and his partner Candida, Katie Faux and her husband Micahl, Dane Lemeris and his fiancé Matthew, Jason Lee, Joseph Lemeris Jr and his wife Courtney, Abbey Doane and her husband Alex, Aren Lemeris and her fiancé Justin; and 3 great grandchildren Ryan Faux, Emily Faux and Luke Bessette.  He also leaves his sister Virginia Wallis of New Britain, his niece, Marjorie Kalinoski and a special cousin, Dorothy Crowley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, 2020 at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield of St. Jeanne Jugan Parish (Please meet at Church; all attendees are requested to wear face coverings/masks for personal safety). Committal, with military honors,  will follow at St. Patrick’s King St. Cemetery. Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels has care of the arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th Street, Suite 6H, New York, NY 10022. Please visit to sign your name on the online memory wall and leave a condolence or personal message for Jim’s family.
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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, June 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, June 15th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church
    426 Hazard Ave
    ENFIELD, CT 06082
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    Please meet at Church. Masks are required to attend Church.
    Reverend John Golas
  • Interment

    Monday, June 15th, 2020 |
    Monday, June 15th, 2020
    St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery
    King Street
    Enfield, CT 06082
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Peter Winne

Posted at 01:38pm
Dear Joe (and family),
I'm sorry I never got to meet your father, but if the son he raised is any indication--kind, open-minded, loyal, humble, easy going--then I'm sure he was a remarkable man. Most important (to me), Joe D tells me he bought you your first banjo and nurtured your talent. If that's in fact the case then I have Jim to thank for the abundance of twang in my life!
Pete W

Denise Bero

Posted at 04:14pm

I am so very sorry for your loss. While I never met your dad, I want to pass along what someone wrote to me one time for such a circumstance. I’ve never forgotten it and can’t seem to find better words, so I am using the same: ‘If you are a reflection of the man, then be happy for him, for surely he must be with God’. Healing hugs, Denise

Linda Farthing

Posted at 04:02pm
I worked with Jim for a few years in the early 1980’s, he had a wealth of information and I learned a great deal from him. Condolences and prayers for you all. Linda Farthing

Tracy Poole

Posted at 07:52am
It is never easy to lose a loved one, and with our current state of the world, it makes times like this so much more challenging. Virginia loved her brother dearly and wishes she could be with all of you to mourn his loss and celebrate his life. With deepest sympathies, she sends her love and prayers to the entire family.

Kathie Kelley

Posted at 10:59pm
Joan and family,
So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He always had a friendly smile. Neil and Jim used to enjoy chatting about lawncare and landscaping. He also made us an awesome birdhouse. Embrace all your fond memories and know that Jim is now your special guardian angel watching over you always.
Kathie Kelley and Lenny

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