James Fer­ace

The Day - - OBITUARIES -

New Lon­don — James Peter Fer­ace, 66, of New Lon­don, en­tered eter­nal life on Sun­day, Oct. 8, 2017, at home in the com­pany of his lov­ing fam­ily.

He was born Jan. 25, 1951, in New Lon­don, third son of the late An­gelo and Mil­dred (Dono­van) Fer­ace. Pete grad­u­ated from St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Bernard High School and As­sump­tion Col­lege. He worked all sorts of jobs — truck driver for his fa­ther's busi­ness, Lin­coln Oil; union la­borer on projects such as the Mill­stone Power Plant; most re­cently, and for many years, as a job coach for The ARC of New Lon­don County and Sharp Train­ing.

Pete was a New Lon­don na­tive, but his home on The Strand in Water­ford was a very spe­cial place, from com­ing-of-age adventures, to wel­com­ing his own chil­dren into the world, to hon­or­ing his fa­ther's wishes by car­ing for his mother there un­til her death in 2010. The beach was a pas­sion for Pete — tak­ing long walks dur­ing the day, and sit­ting by the fire at night, but es­pe­cially swim­ming un­der­wa­ter and ad­mir­ing the sun­light fil­ter­ing in on his as­cent. By neigh­bors, he was fondly known as “The Strand­man” and “The Mayor.”

When Pete was not with friends and fam­ily at the beach, he was with them some­where else. He loved ev­ery mo­ment of time to­gether — tak­ing rides to get pump­kins in fall or cof­fee in pic­turesque New Eng­land towns in win­ter, or sim­ply watch­ing Jeop­ardy (and know­ing all the an­swers). Para­mount, Pete cher­ished sup­port­ing his chil­dren at ev­ery en­deavor. Whether it was root­ing on the baseball team, or the soc­cer team, wait­ing at the fin­ish line, ask­ing about the last hike or next dive, he was their big­gest fan.

Pete also sup­ported the arts, par­tic­u­larly paint­ing and phi­los­o­phy. He held a strong faith, par­tic­u­larly in Je­sus and nove­nas. He was in­tel­li­gent, had an ab­so­lute gift of sto­ry­telling and a wild sense of hu­mor. He was hum­ble and kind. He ac­cepted all walks of life, and was an ad­vo­cate of hu­man rights. Pete treated all with re­spect and dig­nity.

He was united in mar­riage to La­mar Peter Moore on Aug. 26, 2014 on The Strand. In ad­di­tion to La­mar, he is sur­vived by two chil­dren, Mar­cAn­gelo Fer­ace (wife, Jaime) of Mys­tic and Crys­tal Fer­ace (com­pan­ion, Scott McGuire) of New Lon­don; three broth­ers, Richard, Fred and David; ex-wife and friend, Su­san P. Kelly; and those dear friends he met by chance, but left as fam­ily.

Rel­a­tives and friends are in­vited for a memo­rial Mass of Chris­tian Burial at 10 a.m. Satur­day, in St. Joseph Church, New Lon­don. In­ter­ment ser­vices are pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in his mem­ory may be made to St. Joseph School En­dow­ment Fund, 39 Squire St., New Lon­don, CT 06320.

The Im­pel­lit­teri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New Lon­don, has been en­trusted with his care.

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