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James R. Pertuso “Tuse”, 59 of Georgetown, Texas, formally of West Warwick R.I. passed away unexpectedly on December 4, 2018.
Born in Paterson, N.J., Jim is the son of Ethel (Sowell) Morrill of West Warwick and the late James A. Pertuso. He was also pre-deceased by his brother, Jay M. Pertuso.
Jim is survived by his loving sisters JoAnn Sullivan and brother-in-law Jim of West Warwick, Jan Carpenter and brother-in-law Ken of Leander, TX, and his sister-in-law Danielle Pertuso of Alpine, TX.
Jim also leaves behind his nieces, Meghan and Sarah Sullivan, and Olivia Pertuso. Nephews, Gregory Sullivan and James Carpenter. A devoted family man, he was more than an Uncle to his Nieces and Nephews, “Uncle Tuse” was a mentor, friend, and third parent in each of their lives. Meghan, Gregory, Sarah, James and Olivia have lost someone who provided so much love, support, and guidance.
Jim proudly served as an E-3 in the United States Navy aboard the USS Queenfish, where he was affectionately called “Tiny” by his fellow submariners.
An avid sports fan, Jim was a huge supporter of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Pawtucket Red Sox, and the Providence Bruins. While in R.I., Jim was an active member of the Providence Bruins Booster Club, making lifelong friendships. Jim’s passion for sports continued when moving to Texas where he was an avid fan of the Round Rock Express Baseball Team, Austin Spurs basketball team and a season ticket holder with the Texas Stars AHL Hockey team.
Always a passionate volunteer, Jim was active in his local communities. In 2017 he was awarded a citation of recognition by the State of Rhode Island and the Town of West Warwick for his dedication to multiple organizations, including the West Warwick Manor’s Tenant Association, West Warwick Senior Center, and an Ambassador to the Health Equity Zone, Food Access Group, Food on the Move, and the Pop-up Farmer’s Market. Upon moving to Texas, he continued to volunteer and serve his community. Jim was a volunteer at the Stonehaven Community Association where he served on the Resident’s Council and the Madella Hilliard Neighborhood Center.
Throughout his career Jim worked as a cook in various restaurants including the Biltmore Hotel. Jim also worked for many years at Dave’s Marketplace in their basket division.
Loved by all who knew him, Jim’s impact on their lives will be forever felt. His larger than life personality lit up every room he entered, and his warm smile would brighten anyone’s day. We will keep him in our hearts always.
Jim's funeral will begin on Saturday, at 8:30 from the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road (Rt. 117) Warwick. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 62 Pleasant Street, West Warwick. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 28th from 4 to 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the West Warwick Community Center, 145 Washington Street, West Warwick, RI 02893 .and the Rhode Island Food Bank 200 Niantic Ave, Providence, RI 02907 in his memory would be appreciated.
West Warwick Community Center
145 Washington Street, West Warwick RI 02893
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue, Providence RI 02907