James J. Bolster

Date of Passing:

June 10, 2021

Bolster, James J., 83, of Sowams Road, Barrington, died unexpectedly on June 10, 2021.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, a son of the late Carl and Ruth H. (Clarke) Bolster, he lived in Barrington for 3 years previously residing in Naragansett.

Jim served his country as a Naval Aviator and Flight Instructor in the United States Navy for over 20 years with over 5,000 flight hours. During his time in the service, he served on the USS Intrepid and received various decorations, medals, and commendations such as the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Air Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. Having served faithfully and honorably, Jim retired from the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. Jim also work at Sears & Roebuck and Miriam Hospital.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johnson and Wales University for his undergraduate studies, and obtained his graduate degree from Providence College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with his MBA.

In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, reading, and smoking his favorite cigars.

He is survived by his children, Phillip J. Bolster and his wife Nancy of Warwick, Mary Catherine Weller of Barrington and Jeanne L. Cola and her husband Bob of North Kingstown; a brother, Charles A. Bolster of Los Angeles, CA; a sister, Dorothy M. Parsons of Santa Monica, CA; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday June 15, 2021 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston at 11 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Prince’s Hill Cemetery, County Road, Barrington.

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  1. Sorry for the loss of Jim

  2. My condolences to Jim’s family. I worked with Jim at The Miriam and remember him as a gentleman who was always ready to lend a hand. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Thank you for being a good grandfather to my sons; Joseph and James. You brought them lots of joy especially when you picked them up for opening day fishing. It was a nice tradition for them as children.

    I will always remember your warm smile and kindness.

  4. I love you pa ill never forget all those times we went fishing off the docks in wickford and the fun times we would have with the go-cart around the Narragansett neighborhood

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