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James Rhilinger 12/14/2016

ATTLEBORO - James Edward Rhilinger, JR, fondly known as Jim to all, 68, of Sangerville, ME, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, in Attleboro.

He was the beloved husband of Edna (Howard) Rhilinger for 20 years before her passing in 2014.

Born on October 7th 1948, in Boston, Jim was the son of the late James and Margaret (Johnson) Rhilinger.

Jim grew up in both Plainville and North Attleboro, a graduate of the class of 1966 at Bishop Feehan High School, where he played football. 

For many years, Jim worked for New England Telephone, Crosby Valve and Gauge and also at Partylite Gifts as a maintenance manager.  He "retired" from Puritan Medical of Guilford, ME in 2014

An avid fan of music, Jim came out of retirement to work with GMCS of Rhode Island in the beginning of 2015, providing security to concerts and music festivals across New England.  It was there that he could feed his love of music and could meet several of his favorite musicians in the process. 

Jim had a great passion for nature, living among the woods and mountains of Maine for many years.  He enjoyed capturing their beauty and sharing the photographs he took around his home and out on his adventures.

Jim was famous for his love of coffee, chocolate baked goods, plaid flannel and his dogs.  Above all else, he was a very kind and generous man, who helped his family and his friends in any way that he could. 

He is survived by three siblings; Steven Rhilinger of North Attleboro, Paul Rhilinger of Riverside, RI and Lois Forbes of the United Kingdom;

Four children and seven grandchildren; James E. Rhilinger III, his wife Kristin Mulrooney and their two children, Aida and James, of Alexandria, VA; Amy Rhilinger, her husband Jason Hancock and their son Cooper, of Plainville; Susan Saulnier and her three children, Seth, Noah, and Emily, of Attleboro; Amanda Frith, her husband Christopher, and their expectant daughter Ella-Mae. Jim is also survived by his two rambunctious and beloved dogs, Oscar the beagle and Stoner the black lab.

He is also survived by the mother of his children Linda (Svendsen) Fontaine of North Attleboro.

He was brother of the late Carolyn (Rhilinger) Rose and Joan (Rhilinger) Mayo.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, December 26 from 4-7 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro immediately followed by a service in the funeral home at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community VNA.



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#15 Erin Poole 2017-01-06 00:13
Jim, I will miss you dearly. I will cherish the memories of morning coffee with a side of rediculous jokes, pulling into work blasting Led Zeppelin or Ozzy and waiting for you to smirk about it. Your smile was all anyone needed to see and the day instantly got better. I will miss your smile and pure heart. May you be in peace now with Edna by your side once again.
With Love,
Cranberry muffin
#14 Rebecca Barry 2016-12-26 20:02
hi Sue,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss. I know he must have been a wonderful man and I know how hard it is to lose not only a father, but a wonderful dad who was also a friend! I hope your memories bring you comfort. How blessed we were to have had such great Dads!
#13 Becky Bedard 2016-12-23 15:20
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Thoughts and prayers for you all during this difficult time!!
#12 Dottie Gallant 2016-12-23 14:02
My thoughts and prayers ore with you and your children. May the memories you have give you peace at this difficult time.
#11 Geo & Annette Magnan 2016-12-23 13:22
Our most heartfelt condolences to the Rhilenger family. Jim is and will always be a good friend. We shared many a laugh together and I'm sure he will bring his whitty ways to Heaven and bring a smile to all he touches. God Bless Jim, my friend. R.I.P......
#10 Valerie Zagami 2016-12-23 12:18
Jim's loss will be felt by many. He left his greatest legacy with his wonderful children who became such wonderful adults.
#9 Barbara Carney 2016-12-23 05:34
Susan, so sorry for the passing of your Dad. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
#8 Denise McEvoy 2016-12-23 03:28
Sue- I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.
#7 Paul Peterson 2016-12-23 02:36
Sue, words can't express how sorry I am for your loss. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.
#6 Mike&Brenda Brunelli 2016-12-23 02:26
Rest in peace my friend
So glad we were able to reconnect and got to enjoy each other's company once again
You will be missed
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family
#5 Sandra Fournier 2016-12-23 02:12
My sincerest condolences---a lthough I only met your dad a couple of times, it was always a pleasure. The kindness of his soul was apparent in each interaction.
#4 Linda Boyden 2016-12-22 23:00
Jimmy was a dear friend and fellow lover of word puns. Our friendship went back to our years at Bishop Feehan High School; waiting at the North End bus stop together with other Feehanites; years later we reconnected on Facebook. The world is a lesser place without Jim. My condolences go to his family.
#3 Jennifer Sweet 2016-12-22 20:19
For Sue: My sincerest condolences for the loss of your dad. There are no words to comfort you especially with the Holiday Season, but you are in my thoughts.
#2 Karen Harmon 2016-12-22 16:17
So sorry for your loss.. Jim was a great guy..Thoughts and prayers to all ... Karen
#1 Joseph Flaherty 2016-12-22 16:08
Jim will be missed my friend

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