James Anthony Morreale, 62, formerly of Broadalbin, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in Bowdoinham, ME after keeping cancer at bay for over two years.
He was born in Amsterdam, NY on October 10, 1955, the seventh of nine children and the first son of James V. and Phyllis Chelini Morreale.
At age 21, Jim joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1976-1980, mostly in Japan and the Philippines. He later settled in Maine, where he met his first wife, Candace White, the mother of his two children. Following a divorce, Jim took custody of his children. He was a firm believer in “There is no such word as can’t” and he instilled that in his children. Jim started his own business, a bottle redemption center, where he was loved by his customers for his generosity and his barter system. He always saw the good in people and loved to joke around. There was always a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips. Jim loved jet skiing, motorcycling, and just living. In 2005, he married Eve Puay W. Lee. They spent the past twelve years totally in love with each other and built a wonderful life together.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Angelo.
Survivors include his wife, Eve; two children, James A. Morreale and Julia A. Morreale; six sisters, Nancy (Vernon) Weiss, Connie (Robert) Litfin, Antoinette Hallenbeck, Phyllis Kluska, Jean DeGroff, and Mary Ann (Ben) Banewicz; a brother, Mark (Kylene) Morreale; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Living Word, Bowdoinham. Burial will be in June at the convenience of the family.