Gerakines, James

April 23rd, 2009

jim_uniform_8x10Patrol Officer James P. Gerakines, age 33, of North Reading, died unexpectedly, Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Jim was born on October 28, 1975 in Winchester, MA, he was the beloved son of Stephen and the late Barbara (Alexander) Gerakines of North Reading. Jim lived in Wilmington for a few years prior to moving to North Reading with his family when he was young. Jim was a graduate of North Reading High School Class of 1994. Following high school, Jim studied Criminal Justice at Middlesex Community College, following his dream to become a Police Officer.

Officer James Gerakines was hired by the Shirley Police Department on June 26, 2000 and resigned January 12, 2008 to be an officer for the North Reading Police Department, where he was a motorcycle patrolman.

During his tenure in Shirley, Officer Gerakines attended and successfully completed Mental Health Issues in Law Enforcement, held at the University of Lowell on april 4, 2002. He was commended by Chief Paul Thibodeau for his decisive action and immediate response to Sgt. Dale Prentiss on the morning of August 28, 2002. He was also commended for being instrumental in saving the life of Sergeant Prentiss. Sgt. Prentiss was shot in the line of duty on August 28, 2002. Officer James Gerakines was nominated by Shirley Police Chief Paul G. Thibodeau to receive the “extraordinary service award”. The purpose of the award is to recognize area professionals in the emergency services field for their extraordinary efforts. Officer Gerakines was given this award in June of 2003.

He successfully completed DNA Collection Training with the Mass State Police Crime Lab on September 22, 2003. Officer Gerakines received another commendation from Chief Thibodeau on March 2, 2004 for being at the scene of a sudden death. Chief Thibodeau mentions that Jim’s professional image and competence along with his stoic presence and the strength of that presence in a time of crisis was recognized and sought after by the grieving family. He was commended by the chief for being the epitome of these qualities. He successfully completed a Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Performance Level training course on November 1, 2005, and he completed an 80 hour accident investigation course held at the Boylston Regional Police Academy from December 4 through 15, 2006.

Officer Gerakines was well liked not only by his fellow officers in both Police Departments, but in surrounding area departments and his by his fellow officers in his police academy class.

Jim was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed riding with friends and taking his bike up the coast to York Maine. Jim was also a talented photographer and video editor. Jim will be remembered by his family and friends as a quiet individual with a big heart who was always there to lend a hand and to help others. His passing is a great loss to his family, friends, fellow officers and his community.

Jim is survived by his father Stephen Gerakines. He was the loving brother of Cheryl Moulaison & her husband Kenneth of Tewksbury, Stephen Gerakines, Jr. & his wife Jeanne of Pelham, NH, Perry Gerakines & his wife Suzanne of Birmingham, AL, Timothy Gerakines of Raymond, NH, Keri Hubbard & her husband Cliff, Jr. of Billerica, and Joseph Gerakines of North Reading. James is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, & fellow officers.

Funeral Services will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 28th at 11:00 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Visiting hours Monday, April27th from 2-9 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.

Memorial donations in James’s name may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 60 Walnut St., #102, Wellesley, MA 02482.


61 Entries in Guest Book for “Gerakines, James”

  1. Tobby Wheeler says:

    Jimmy, not many people in my life can bring me the constant gift of laughter you did. Serious when warranted, but laughter filled our time.

    Somewhere in the Shirley Police Station, there is a mini head cut out of someone. Probably Kevin, Pat, Timmy or George. It’s taped inside of somewhere, hiding, yet to be discovered. It’s sole purpose for being there; to bring laughter to all who find it.

    You were many things in life, but you are my friend and always will be. The shock I felt has been replaced by the sadness of loss. Tomorrow we will mark your passing, but we will never say goodbye. We will meet again my friend and I can’t wait to see the videos you’ve made about this adventure.


    Officer Tobby M. Wheeler
    Webster Police Department

  2. Street Supremacy MC. Long Island, New York says:


  3. North Shore Wanderers says:

    Our love go out to the family and club.

  4. Dennis Bishop AKA Silky D says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all…SJRR

  5. Professor Rack says:

    Dear Joe, We are thinking of you in your time of sorrow, and praying for you and your family, sincerely, your art appreciation classmates

  6. Jason Erb AKA Roadrunner says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…. ECRR

  7. Alfreda Cromwell says:

    Jimmy… I cannot put into words what your friendship meant to me… I will never forget the times we’ve shared or the many things I have learned from you…You have done so much for me as a friend and as a Police Officer…I will never forget your kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, humor and professionalism … Thank you for touching my life, and many others…You will always be in my heart and soul Jimmy…Rest in Peace…

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  9. Officer Patrick R. Perry says:


    I only hope that one day I will be remembered as fondly by someone as I will remember you. You were a great person and a great cop. I will miss you my friend.

    Officer Patrick R. Perry
    Webster Police Department

  10. Robert Barrette says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Shirley and North Reading Police Departments along with all Jim’s friends and family.


    Lt. Robert Barrette
    Framingham State College Police Department

  11. Anderson Jemmott says:

    May God keep you close to him an my you be at peace as you ride now proudly displaying you new colors in your new club ” The heavenly Angels”

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