Lawrence, MA — James F. "Jay" DeLuca, Sr., 80, a lifelong resident of Lawrence, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at the Hospice House in Haverhill surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 6, 1933, in Lawrence, son of the late Salvatrice "Sally" (Stagno) and Joseph DeLuca, Sr.
Jay was educated in the local schools of Lawrence and was a graduate of Lawrence High School. He was a parishioner of Corpus Christi Parish, Holy Rosary Church in Lawrence and worked as a Union Plasterer for various companies in the area. Jay served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Elks of Wakefield, Mass., the V.F.W. in North Andover, Mass., and the Amvets of Haverhill, Mass.
According to Jay's family he enjoyed hunting and gun collecting, loved to fish, being outdoors, and would especially love to take his yearly trips to Oregon to visit his grandchildren. Another memory the family shared was that he would always be working, during the week, weekends and with friends doing home projects.
His family members include his children, Joseph J. DeLuca and his wife, Mary Ellen DeLuca, of Talent, Ore., James F. DeLuca, Jr. of Seabrook, N.H., Regina C. DeLuca of Hampton, N.H.; his grandchildren, Francesca and her husband, Jason Hamasu, of Portland, Ore., Jonathan DeLuca of Medford, Ore., Eleazar DeLuca, Nevina DeLuca and Ezra DeLuca, all of Talent, Ore.; his sister, Lori DeLuca Eichhorn of Lawrence, Mass.; brother-in-law, Ed Eichhorn of No. Andover, Mass.; sister-in-law, Nancy DeLuca of Derry, N.H.; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was the brother of the late Salvatore DeLuca and Joseph DeLuca, Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call on Friday, August 16, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 122 Amesbury St., Lawrence, Mass. For online condolences and other information, please visit us at www.breenfuneralhome.com.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Corpus Christi Parish, Holy Rosary Church in Lawrence, Mass. Private burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830 or to Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, 600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02116; 617-727-5550.