James D. Melchionna, a resident of Burlington for 32 years as well as a well respected Attorney, passed away at the Wingate of Reading Nursing Home on Monday evening, November 6, 2006. He was 61 years old.
Jim was born and raised in Everett. He was the son of Louis J. Melchionna of Dedham and the late Margaret (Calabrese). Jim was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Malden Catholic High School. He received a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Management from Boston University, a Masters Degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Law Degree from Suffolk Law School. Jim was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of Captain. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medical, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Jim started his professional career at General Electrics in Lynn where he was employed as an Engineer. After graduating from Law School he transferred to the Human Resources Department where he became involved in Labor Law. Jim opened his own Law Offices in Burlington, J. P. Associates. He became an integral part of the growth of the community of Burlington as he represented many of the residents and businesses in the town. He also served on many boards in the town. He was on the Board of Selectman for 9 years and also served as Chairman, he was an active member of the Ways & Means Committee, and on the Board of Directors of B-CAT. In his leisure time he was an avid golfer. Jim was very proud of his three daughters and treasured the many special times he spent with them and their families.
Jim is the beloved father of Tara Barbarossa of Wilmington, Kristen Curtis of Sandwich, and Leah Bruley of MN. He is the loving son of Louis J. of Dedham and the late Margaret (Calabrese) He is the beloved brother of Diana Fay of Saugus. He is the proud and loving grandfather of Kelsey, Nicholas, Alissa & Gianna.
Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Friday, November 10 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to Ataxia Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter, C/O Donna Gorzela, 45 Juliette St., Andover, MA 01810.