James Robert Serafin, age 77, died of adenocarcinoma on September 4, 2021 in the Villages Cornerstone Hospice House with his wife at his side.
James is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen of The Villages, FL, his sons, Todd of Carlsbad, CA and Karl of Haymarket, VA, his two sisters, Helen Palo of Escanaba, Michigan and Ann Marie Durance of Bellaire, Michigan, and three grandchildren, Ryan Serafin, Piper Serafin, and Isabella Serafin.
Jim Serafin was born January 15, 1944 in Alexandria, VA to parents Paul Serafin and Martina Serafin. He graduated from Lawrence Inst. of Technology in Michigan with a degree in Construction Engineering. In 1973 Jim’s career path led him to Vineland NJ where he worked for Bechtel as an engineer at Hope Creek nuclear power plant for approximately ten years. He worked for TVA in Huntsville, AL for two years, then on to Aiken, SC as a Bechtel contractor for Westinghouse Savannah River. In 1997 Jim was hired as a Project Manager working with telecommunication projects throughout Europe and Indonesia.
In 1999, while Jim worked in California, his favorite pastime was taking sailing lessons. His entire career was spent making sure his family would have a secure financial future, a chance to travel the world, and take lots of trips to the ocean.
Eventually, Jim became the best cook ever.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Gastric Cancer Foundation.
A celebration of life for Jim will be planned for later in the year, time and place not yet determined.