James J. Pezzullo Jr.

Date of Passing:

September 19, 2021

Pezzullo, James J. Jr., 89, formerly of Maple Avenue, Barrington, passed away surrounded by his family on September 19, 2021. He was 2 days shy of his 90th birthday. He leaves his wife Rita (Bourque) Pezzullo and he was the husband of the late Joan (Wright) Pezzullo.

Born in Barrington, a son of the late James J. Pezzullo, Sr. and Carmella “Millie” (DiOrio) Pezzullo of Barrington, he lived in Barrington most of his life and Tiverton for the past thirty years.

James graduated from Peck School in 1949 and graduated from URI in 1953, attending on a caddy scholarship from RI Country Club, Barrington. He received a Master’s degree from RIC and also from Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Mr. Pezzullo was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.

James was a school teacher at Case High School in Swansea, MA. He then taught at Barrington High School for most of his career where he was a Chairman of the Science Department.

James spent much of his time golfing, fishing, gardening and traveling. He belonged to Montaup Country Club for over 40 years and he loved a good cigar.

Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Rayner of Barrington and Suzanne and James MacKimm of Windham, NH; three grandchildren, Joan Rayner, Michael Rayner and Jessica MacKimm and a great granddaughter Ada Rayner. He leaves a brother, Steven P. Pezzullo of Susanville CA. and a sister Virginia Beauchaine. He was predeceased by his brother Richard A. Pezzullo.

His Funeral will be held on Saturday September 25, 2021 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Santa Maria del Campo Cemetery, Upland Way, Barrington.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in James memory to Holy Angels Church, 341 Maple Avenue, Barrington, RI 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Dear Rita:

    We were so sorry to hear about Jim. We sure missed the after mass coffee chats with you both:). Rest in peace, Jim.

    Jeannie & Michael Veegh and the boys

  2. Dear, Rita, George, Susie and Jimmy, our deepest condolences on the passing of your husband and stepfather. My he rest in heavenly peace ??
    Dawn, Vincent, Abigail and Nicholas

  3. Our deepest condolences to Jimmy’s entire family. We loved chatting with him at Montaup in the mornings. He will be missed

    Kerry and Jack Ellis

  4. Suzanne, Jim and Jessica, our deepest condolences to your entire family. Time is the only healer. Stay strong and cherish all the memories that you have had. Stay strong and stay safe.

  5. On behalf of Montaup Country Club, members and staff please accept our sincerest condolences. Mr. Pezzullo was one of a kind and will be missed by many. Rest in peace Jim and may you forever have your coffee just the way you like it and shoes that always find you comfort. ?

  6. Lisa and Suzanne, thinking of both of you. So very sorry to hear about your dad. Our deepest sympathy to both of you. Love Kathy and Rick

  7. Condolences to the family and please cherish your memories of Jim. He was a kind soul and will be missed by many. I was fortunate to know Jim through Montaup Country Club and recall him sitting on the patio with Raponi having there coffee and a cigar. Rest in paradise Jim.

  8. DearRita, My sincere sympathy on the death of your husband,Jim.May he Rest In Peace.Love & prayers,Carol Lorden

  9. Lisa ,Suzanne and family.So very sorry to hear about Mr Pezzullo. So many memories growing up on Maple
    Avenue. The Andreozzi family’s prayers are with you.

  10. Lisa My deepest condolences to your entire family.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. He was a strong, humorous proud man, and you always knew what was on his mind. My sincere condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Jim, and try not to take over too soon.

  12. Those we love can never be more than a thought away; for as long as there’s a memory, they live on in our hearts. Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

  13. Lisa and Suzanne my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. He was quite an infamous person in Barrington and a great teacher to many. Peace and love to you all and your families

  14. My best to the family! Uncle Jimmy Rest In Peace! You are golden. I remember visiting as a little girl that Maple Street house…all the family in the neighborhood, the great food…the family love. God bless!

  15. Dear Rita, George, Susan & Jimmy….

    I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. & stepfather.
    We are all better for having known Jim & the world feels a little bit emptier without him.

    May the Big Pezu Rest In Peace
    Much love to you Jim…try not to criticize heaven. ?

  16. My heartfelt condolences to Lisa, Suzanne and Family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Robin & Frank

  17. Time passes. Jim was one of a kind.

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