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Jim Rocco Priolo, Feb. 7, 1928 – May 24, 2016
Jim Priolo, the third of nine children, died May 24 at the age of 88 in Kansas City, Missouri. From the beginning of his long life, Jim had been a cherished son and brother, then beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. While his loss is greatly mourned, he will be lovingly remembered and kept in the hearts of all.
Jim lived his life with kindness, humor, a zest for life, love of family, and an unwavering faith in God. He was a young member of the United States Marine Corp at the close of World War II, having followed his two older brothers into military service. He entered school on the GI Bill and then returned to his birthplace in Amarillo, Texas, where he opened a plumbing shop, eventually becoming one of the youngest master plumbers of the time. After returning to the Kansas City area, he worked as a master plumber and was a member of the Plumbers & Gas Fitters Local No. 8 for many years. In addition, he married, became a father and grandfather, and lived a full and joyful life. Jim had a passion for big band, bee-bop, and jazz music which he shared with his son, Jim, Jr.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife Ann and their son Jim Jr.; wife Kathy and her son Melbourne (Buff) Harris and daughter Cindy Avants; stepchildren Darlene Salazar, Dale Dalton, and Judy Reyes; and his brothers Frank, Roy, Charles, Louis, and Toby.
He is survived by his grandson Michael Priolo of Kansas City, MO, daughter-in-law, Joan Priolo of Overland Park, KS, daughter-in-law, Renée Van Zandt-Priolo of Raytown, MO, his stepchildren Rick Harris of Providence, Rhode Island and Becky Fainter of Moberly, MO; brothers Bill of Amarillo, TX and Tom and sister Peggy, of San Antonio TX, nephew, Charles Justin Priolo of Amarillo; seven additional grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Jim was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raytown, MO.
A memorial service will be held for friends and family Friday, May 27, 2016 from 10 am to noon with a service being provided by Father Dave Hollaway at 11:30 am. The memorial and service will be held at the Heartland Cremation and Burial Society located at 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133. 816 313 1677