VITALE, James; 86, of Hanover, VA, went to be with the Lord, Monday, September 30, 2019. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Mary Vitale, and their children, Carol Ann and Michael Vitale. James is survived by his children, Charles Vitale (Maury), Denise Vitale (Henry), Annette Shuff (Tom), Cecelia Peay (Tony), and Tony Vitale (Kellie). Jim was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, but his heart was big enough to adopt many other family members. Jim was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on October 9, 1932. After graduating high school, he joined the Merchant Marines, sailing around the world three times. He then served in the Army for two years, during which time he met his wife. James was a member of the VFW and served with the Richmond City Police. He was one of the founding members of the Catholic Church of the Redeemer, where he sang in the choir for over 40 years. Jim said, "If you couldn’t feel the love in a hug, it wasn’t worth giving." His sense of humor made everyone laugh until his last day. The family will receive friends and family at Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Parkway, Mechanicsville, VA 23111, Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm. The family will also receive friends and family at the Catholic Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd., Mechancisville, Va 23116, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00 am with a Mass of Christian Burial to immediately follow at 12:00 pm. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church of the Redeemer Choir.
To send flowers to James' family, please visit our floral section.