James A. Lavin Jr., 67, of Spencer, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
He leaves two sons, Robert J. Lavin and his wife Heather of Clinton and Michael J. Lavin and his wife Wendy of Clifton Park, New York; four grandchildren, Isabella, Hannah, Ian and Kyle; a sister, Diane M. Lavin of Auburn, a niece Nicole and a nephew Devin.
James was born in Worcester, son of the late James A. and Marian J. (Milosh) Lavin. He grew up in Auburn and was a graduate of Auburn High School. He attended Nichols College in Dudley and the American Technical Institute, where he studied computer science electronics.
Jim worked in computer circuit board manufacturing for many years. He later became a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Serviced in Auburn, where he worked more than 20 years, before retiring in 2011.
Jim was a skilled baseball player. He was coached by his father through his childhood and won a Babe Ruth League championship. He also played varsity baseball at Auburn High School. He was an avid bowler first participating in the Catholic Men’s League with his father, and later bowling with his sons. He remained a great sports fan all his life, especially enjoying the New England Patriots.
Jim also enjoyed reading, and watching classic war movies and historical documentaries.
Calling hours are Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will be Monday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38103.