James Leo Corr, Sr., 89, of Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI, died peacefully, Friday, July 14, 2017 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA. James, ‘Red’ to those who knew him well, was born August 25,1927 in Providence, RI to the late Edward L. and Mary (Murphy) Corr. James was the husband, to the love of his life, Florence Vivian (Zerbus) Corr, for the last 63 years.
James grew up in the Fifth Ward of Newport, as part of a proud Irish-American family. He served in the US Army during WWII and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Upon returning to Newport, he began work at the Port of Davisville/Quonset. James then began working at the Newport Naval Station where he worked nights, and at Ray’s Auto, where he worked during the day as a mechanic. For years, he was working two jobs, raising his family, and still always made extra time for his family. James retired after many years at Raytheon where he worked in the transducer manufacturing facility. James was a longtime member of the Middletown Knights of Columbus, the Artillery Company of Newport, St. Lucy’s Church, and the Portsmouth Grange. He also volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts, specifically Portsmouth, Troop 82. He loved the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but always doted over the babies. When free time was available, James found peace outdoors, he enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, gardening and golf. He also had a knack for baking a delicious cinnamon bread.
James is survived by his wife Florence Vivian (Zerbus) Corr, and his six children, James Leo Corr Jr. of Middletown; Patrick Edward Corr of Middletown; Catherine Ann Tobin (Robert) of Tiverton; Deborah Jo Rand (Wesley) of Marlborough, CT and Las Vegas, NV; Christine Louise Lyon (Robert) of Lorton, VA; and Sean William Corr (Caroline O’Shea) of Portsmouth, as well as 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
James also leaves a brother, Richard Corr and a sister, Marie Cody, both of Newport, along with many nieces and nephews and friends.
James was preceded in death by his siblings, Edward Corr, Julia (Corr) Reed, Henry Corr, and John Corr.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, July 18, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport.
James’ funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. Please join us to celebrate James’ life at a reception immediately following the service in St. Lucy’s Hall.
Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or to St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842.