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Representative James R. Miceli

April 23rd, 2018

Representative James R. Miceli passed away peacefully on April 21, 2018.

A man of unerring moral principles, consummate integrity and deep devotion to his constituents and, above all, his family, State Representative James R. Miceli was the second-longest serving member of the Massachusetts Legislature. He continuously represented the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury since his 1977 election to the House of Representatives, and he was a passionate and tenacious advocate for his constituents and the causes he held dear. During his 21st term, he was Vice Chair of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, the House Committee on Personnel and Administration, and the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Rep. Miceli grew up in Boston’s North End and graduated from Boston English High School in 1953. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Northeastern University in 1958 and met his beloved wife, Jean Mattson, while both were students at Northeastern. They were married on August 9, 1958, in Rockport, Massachusetts, and moved to Wilmington in 1961. Rep. Miceli began his career in the insurance industry at State Mutual Insurance Company in 1958, moving to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company a year later. In 1972, he joined the Walter G. Leavitt Agency in Stoneham and opened his agency in Wilmington in 1975. Rep. Miceli retired from his insurance business in 2000 and focused on his work in the legislature for the next nearly two decades.

Rep. Miceli’s political career commenced in 1963 with his appointment to the Wilmington Planning Board. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 1966, and he served four terms, two as Chairman, until 1978. His first term in the House of Representatives began in late 1977.

Known for the legendary work ethic that drove his above-and-beyond effort for all he served, Rep. Miceli was kind, compassionate and exceptionally thoughtful in the many ways that he helped people throughout his life. Above all, he was dedicated to his family, and he took great pride in the accomplishments of his children, Hope, James Jr. and Christina, and his cherished grandchildren, Andrew Jr., James III, Katherine, Q Jane, Alexander and Christopher.

Rep. Miceli is the son of the late Vincenzo and Louise (Dermanjian) Miceli and brother of the late Josephine McCoy. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; daughter and son-in-law Hope and Andrew Spalla of Trumbull, Connecticut; son and daughter-in-law James Jr. and Joanne Miceli of Sparta, New Jersey; and daughter and son-in-law Christina Miceli and Sanford Arbogast of Tewksbury. He is also survived by his grandchildren Andrew Spalla Jr. of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Katherine Spalla of Astoria, New York; James III and his wife, Shanna, Miceli of Arlington, Virginia; Q Jane and her husband, Alexander, Carleton of Fort Lupton, Colorado; and Alexander Arbogast and Christopher Arbogast of Tewksbury. Rep. Miceli is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue (Route 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, April 26th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, April 27th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Representative Miceli’s memory may be made to the Development Office Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111 or to the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

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46 Entries in Guest Book for “Representative James R. Miceli”

  1. Mike Champoux says:

    It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to our friend Representative James Miceli. On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, all in Wilmington town government and my family, we extend our sincere condolences to Mrs. Miceli and all of Jim family and close friends at this sad time.
    Michael Champoux
    Selectman Chairman
    Wilmington

  2. Bryan and Patty Lelos says:

    I would like to extend my condolences to The Miceli Family. Mr. Miceli was a beautiful man with the kindest of hearts. My he rest in peace.

    The Lelos Family

  3. Peggy & Bob Power says:

    An Irish Blessing
    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sunshine warm upon your face.
    May the rains fall upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

    You will be dearly missed, Jim.

    Our deepest condolences to Jean, Christine, Hope and Jim Jr, and the extended Miceli family.

    Peggy and Bob (Happy) Power
    The Villages, Florida

  4. Jamie McNally Toscano says:

    My sincere deepest condolences Jean, Hope, Jim Jr., Christina and extended Miceli family. Jim was truly a gem. I will fondly remember his zest for life, smile, and kindness. May your many memories of Jim help to sustain you at this most difficult time.

  5. Stacie Murphy says:

    My prayers are with Jim’s family, he was a true American! A true hero to so many of us. Thank you Jim for your dedication, you left a mark on us. I know I will miss you, but I can’t thank you enough for all you did for me <3

  6. Clifford D King says:

    Oue sincerest sympathies to the Miceli family at this time of great loss. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Agnes Fiumara says:

    Our sincerest sympathies for your loss.

    Fiumara Family and Romano Family

  8. Debra and Scott Arnold says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Miceli family.

  9. Dave Carlson says:

    Our sincerest sympathies to Hope and the Miceli family at this time of great loss. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Bonnie,Marty & Krystal Spiegel says:

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire Miceli family and his many valued friends. We were so devastated to hear about his sudden passing. Jim was always a small man with the biggest heart! He would help anyone that needed it. The world will absolutely miss this great man! No one, can ever fill his shoes! He got so much accomplished for the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury. Even if he didn’t win what he tried out going out after, he would continue doing things until it actually would materialize. God, take Jim into your hands. You now have a great man up there in heaven to accomplish things! Again, to the Miceli Family we are so, so sorry for your loss!

  11. Mary Kiesinger and Family says:

    Dear Jean and Family,

    We are truly and deeply saddened by the death of our very special friend Jim. He was always a very loving and caring person and Rep who will be extremely difficult to replace. We could always count on him to vote from “the hill” in his office taking each of our preferences into careful consideration. Jim attended many of the wakes and funerals of his and everyone else’s. He sat very quietly in a place where he wouldn’t take away from the deceased attention and love. He knew us by name and always could spare time to chat with us as to how we were doing, etc. We hope and pray that God will continue to love and take care of Jim, Jean and their wonderful family too!

    With love, and deepest sympathy,

    Mary Kiesinger and family

  12. The Sabounjian Family says:

    Libby, Steve and Marty send our deepest sympathy to the entire Miceli family. Jim was a true public servant and admired for his tenacity to help individuals as well as the entire communities of Wilmington and Tewksbury. He was always accessible, even when not feeling his best, and never reluctant to champion a cause he deemed important. Jim will truly be missed but leaves a legacy of which to be truly proud getting tangible results for those he served.

  13. Pat & Alma D'Antonio says:

    Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Miceli family. Please know you are in our thoughts and Prayers. He will be missed.
    Pat and Alma D’Antonio

  14. Jane woods says:

    I always enjoyed our conversations while standing in the market basket parking lot. We chatted about our children and how the political climate was going . We reminisced about my grandparents whom he had a great fondness for. Jim , you will be missed.

  15. Lori Hewitt Bowen says:

    To the entire Miceli family, I am SO sorry for your loss. Representative Miceli was a wonderful man & irreplaceable as a State Representative. He was always there for his constituents, including myself. My Dad told me it was Representative Miceli who helped my Nana get into elderly housing in Tewksbury. I have a few memories of how Miceli was there for my family. Thank you for sharing him for all these years.

  16. Frank West says:

    To the Miceli family – Karen, Colleen, Frank Jr and myself offer our deepest sympathies at your loss and will keep Jim and the entire Miceli family in our prayers.

  17. Leo Katie Mazzuchi says:

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire Miceli family. We were so saddened to hear about his sudden passing. Representative Miceli was a man with the biggest heart! He would help anyone that needed it. The world will absolutely miss this great man! No one, can ever fill his shoes! He got so much accomplished for the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury. We are from Tewksbury and feel so blessed to have known him and have him representing us for so long.

  18. Diana (Imbimbo) Miladin says:

    Dear Jean and family, please accept my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Jim was devoted to his family. Anyone could see how he loved you all so much. And he loved his work. He gave so much of his life to the people of Wilmington and Tewksbury. I can’t imagine that there is a person who ever lived in these two towns who wasn’t helped by Jim. When I heard the sad news all I could think of was who will we go to now? There was nobody like him when it came to giving his all to help individuals and families in his district or advocating fervently for the needs of his communities. We will all miss him so much. God bless you Jim and thank you for all you have done for us. You have left us quite a legacy.

  19. Karen Harrington says:

    So sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to know Mr. Micele when he was a guest with his family at Legal Seafoods. He certainly was a very caring person and will be missed by many.

  20. Susan Magner, Veterans Director says:

    Dear Jean and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. Jim was one of the kindest individuals I have ever known. As a State Representative he gave his all to the communities and beyond; many should follow his footsteps. When he said he would help he did. He was truly a kind, compassionate person and proved that through his actions. I will miss our chats at the Demoulas and different venues such as 4th of July on the common and Veterans events. I am so grateful Jim that you were able to join many of my Veterans events such as the Annual Dinners in North Reading. I always told you that you were the only democrat I voted for:): because you devoted your life to helping others allowing them to see the light at the end of the tunnel when they were in despair. You are going to be missed by so many you have touched through the years. My heart goes out to all the Miceli Family. God Speed State Rep Jim Miceli I know you are in the comfort of our Lords hands. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories you have made. I will miss him very much.

  21. Anne Blanchet says:

    Truly a great loss. Such a kind man and wonderful man

  22. Jonathan Oliver says:

    Tina,

    My condolences on your Dad’s passing. He was a great guy. I remember the field trip to the state house in our Boutwell School days. May he rest in peace.

  23. Fr. Paul W. Berube says:

    Dear Jean and family, Your loss and pain at this moment may seem overwhelming but so was the gift and life of Jim. You so generously shared him with us. As a recently ordained priest arriving in Wilmington in February 1960, Jim Miceli became for me the model of what a public servant is: in his devotion and love for his wife and family, flowing graciously to the community. What a gift you shared with us!. May he rest in peace and may your hearts rejoice with pride. Fr. Paul

  24. Liane Harvey says:

    Dear Miceli family,
    Before my father, John Harvey passed he said, “If you ever need help ask Jim Miceli, he’s a good friend and he will help you.” I took my father’s advice, Jim helped my mother and sister in a very big way. He helped so many people when they needed it. We were so blessed to have Jim in our lives. Thank you for sharing Jim with us.

  25. janice quandt says:

    My sincere condolences to your family for your great loss. He will be missed by many, many people. He touched so many and now he is in the hands of the best. He will take good care of him as he waits for his family.

  26. Linda Layne says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of a truly wonderful and caring man. Jim will always be remembered and loved by this family, as an amazing friend. There are not enough words to thank Jim for all his dedication and hard work. He will be sorely miss by all. RIP well deserved.

  27. Heidi & Gary Hastings says:

    To Jim (Jr) and the entire Miceli family on the loss of this wonderful man – There are just a handful of men that stand out to us in Wilmington’s history, and your dad is one of them! We were all fortunate to have him as our state rep. for all those decades. Our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
    Heidi & Gary

  28. Don & Diana Hubbard says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the Miceli family. We’ve known Jim over 50 years. The world lost a truly great guy.

  29. Linda Ricardo-Brabant says:

    My heartfelt condolences are extended to Jean and the Miceli Family.

    It is hard to imagine our world without Jim Miceli. Jim was a true patriot and hero to many. He adored his family, respected his staff and colleges and worked diligently to help his people in Tewksbury and Wilmington.

    Jim was not just our Representative but our friend. He connected with his people and could always be counted on. He was extremely helpful to the elderly and our Tewksbury Senior Citizens.

    What I will miss most about Jim will be our conversations about family, politics and life in general. Jim could converse with people in all walks of life. He shared a genuine and respectful bond with all whom he met.

    Jim will hold a special place in many a heart including mine.

    May God Bless and watch over those he treasured most…his loving family.

  30. Barbara Reinhart-Fitzgerald says:

    Mrs. Miceli, Hope, Jim Jr., and Tina: My heart is broken for you all. I can’t tell you how truly sad that I feel for you. Jim was one of a kind individual. He was truly dedicated, kind, and sincere and he loved you all so much. He would just beam with pride when I asked him about each of you and all of the grandchildren. Jim shared his love of his family and his time with the people of Wilmington and Tewksbury. Jim took the time to ask about everyone on a first name basis. No matter how big a request was given to him, Jim always came through. He gave and gave and never asked for anything in return. He was truly a saint on this earth. God has asked for the return of this saint. As your husband/father/grandfather would always say “if you need anything, let me help.” I am always here for you as he was for us. I hope that the great memories of this wonderful man will get you through the dark days. Irish proverb: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

  31. Bob Crowley says:

    Very sorry to hear of Jims passing, we both worked forLiberty in boston personal sales in the 60s,i don’t know who drove Dick Casey madder,Jim or I.Living on the cape I always managed to follow Jims work for his district,he l
    was 100% for his people
    our thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Bob&Jane Crowley, Mashpee Ma

  32. Chaplain Cynthia (Enos) Chancholo says:

    Dear Mrs. Miceli and family

    On behalf of myself and my family sincere sympathy in the loss of Jim. Jim was a unique gentleman. He was strong in his conviction to be a living witness to his strong faith. He consistently did the right thing for the right reasons for every life that he touched. He was a gentle and sincere soul and approachable to anyone who needed his help. I was a witness to this several times and admired him. Jim accomplished his ministry as a Representative with dignity and honor and was well respected. Jim was kind and in this complex world….kindness matters! May loving and joyous memories bring you peace in the days ahead.

    Abundant Blessings,
    Chaplain Cyndi Chancholo

  33. James H Bancroft says:

    God bless you it was an honor to have known such a kind man. Thanks for all you have done for so many. May God look over and bless your Family.

  34. Jolene Giroux says:

    To the Miceli family,
    he was a gem, carry on !
    Fair winds and following seas, Jim.

  35. Kathleen & Arthur Brothers says:

    To the Miceli family, God Bless you all. Jim was a kind man and it was an honor for Tewksbury and Wilmington to be represented by him. He was a great man and will never be forgotten.

  36. Betty Cadger says:

    My sincere sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful man. He always was so kind and giving. He touched the hearts of many. I received a card from him when my oldest sister passed away. I can’t tell you how much that touched my heart. Just knowing he took the time to show his respect for others. That’s just the way he was. Always caring and doing what ever he could do to help.
    God Bless you Jim Miceli!

  37. Mrs. Cathy Gagnon says:

    Losing Jim is a great loss to so many families in Tewksbury and Wilmington! He did so much for my family and my schizophrenic daughter! I will always remember how he was always there for people day or night! We could always count on Jim! I was always sooo proud to cast my vote for Jim. Every time he ran in the primaries I would change from unenrolled to Democrat just to vote for Jim! He was a man of character, conviction and very high moral standards! That is very hard to find in a politician today! Heaven’s gain is most certainly our Great loss!
    Thank you Miceli family for sharing him with this community and its people all these years!
    May God be with you and Bless you and keep you all safe in His Loving Care today and always

  38. Amy Michaud says:

    Jim touched many lives and inspired all those he came in contact with. The world has truly lost a great man and we share your sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are very sorry for your loss.
    The LaCambria family.

  39. jerry vinal says:

    I will never forget the help you gave my family and so many others,you were truly aGREAT FRIEND ,one of theBEST R.I>P> MY FRIEND

  40. Maureen an Joe Ciccolo says:

    Dearest Jean
    I know you don’t remember me but we met years ago when Jims Mom was alive. My heart goes out to you and your family at this sorrowful time. Jim was a great man with a big heart. I helped him with his mom one day and he never forgot it, he has helped my family more than once! Jim loved everyone and everyone loved him. I only wish I could have made it to the wake, but unfortunately I could not. Please know you are all in my prayers and thoughts. I hope to meet you again some day Jean, but until then my arms are outstretched to you all with a heartwarming hug and a tear in my eye. God be with you all, and always remember how lucky you all were to have such a wonderful man in your life. I felt very lucky just to know him! Fondly Maureen and Joe Ciccolo, ( formerly of Tewksbury)

  41. Mark J. West, Jr. says:

    We all have many memories and stories that will resonate for the remainder of our lives. Jim, “thanks for the memories” and your devotion and dedicated as OUR “Public Servant”. You have earned your “Heavenly Wings”. Rest in peace…until we meet again. Mark J. West, Constance Leighton, the Lanes and Kennedy boys,

  42. Robin Anderson ( Downs) says:

    Sending my condolences to the family. Jim was anamzing person he will be missed.

  43. Howard M Stevens III says:

    My prayers and condolences to the family. Jim is a great guy and is missed by many.

  44. Lee Rogers says:

    My condolences to the family. I remember Jim fondly from the State House.. He was truly a gentleman.. Always time for a smile and concern for how you were doing, no matter how busy he was….a great guy who must have left you with many happy memories to treasure.

  45. Kathy Boylen says:

    Mrs. Miceli and family. I wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. Mr. Miceli was such a good friend to my family and especially my father.
    When they served on the board of selectmen together so long ago they became very good friends, I am sure Jim, my father (George) and Jim Banda are sitting around talking town politics. Having many laughs as the remember the old days. May you find comfort in the memories you have of Jim.

  46. Enge & John Murray says:

    My deepest sympathies the Miceli family and all the folks who loved and admired Rep. Miceli.
    My son suffered the disease of addiction and there were more than a hand full of times i call Rep Muceli to help get him into treatment. Rep Muceli always got on the phone and duscussed my wishes and concerned for Carl. He was always able to get Carl into treatment. Tewjsbury/Wilmington have suffered a great loss.
    I used to tell the Rep. early on in Carls disease i had taken my middle son to a forum at Somerville High ran by the Mayer and how Somerville residences received beds 1st at Somerville Hospital and how i thought this is how Tewksbury should be. I told him of Somervilles neighborhood watch groups and how they did not treat addiction as a moral issue. The cities people worked together for their sick.
    Rep. Miceli would listen to me in enerest at 1st he dudnt know me but grew to know me.
    Were lossing one if the best. One who truly cared for all his people.
    I am so so very sorry for your loss.
    Enge Murray

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