June 16, 1927 ~ October 11, 2013
James Acri, 86, passed away on October 11, 2013 at his home in Prospect, with family by his side. He was born in New Haven on June 16, 1927 to the late Pasquale and Grace Solimini Acri. Jim is remembered by his loving wife of 65 years, Jean Ann Acri (Kelly); daughters, Paula Magnuson of West Palm Beach, FL, Michelle DeFeo and her husband Albie of Branford, Gina Acri of Seymour, and Christine Hinckley and her husband Richard of Prospect; sons, Shawn Acri and his wife Cynthia of North Haven and James Acri Jr. of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and 1 great great-grandchild. Beside his parents, Jim was predeceased by his siblings, Monica Pellegrino, Pasquale Jr., Anthony, and Ralph Acri. After high school, at the age of 17, Jim joined the Merchant Marines and then the US Army after the occupation of Japan. Jim spent his career as an electrician and before retirement was the main supervisor at Cable Waves. He grew up in New Haven and later raised his family in East Haven. Jim was a lifelong parishioner at St. Michael's Parish in New Haven. After retirement, Jim and Jean became snow birds and spent their winters in Florida. Above anything else, family was most important to Jim, especially his grandchildren, whom he lived for. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday, October 16th from 5 to 7 p.m.at BEECHER &BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael's Church, 29 Wooster Place, New Haven on Thursday the 17th at 10 a.m. followed by interment with Military Honors in All Saints Mausoleum. Contributions in Jim's memory may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital, http://www.stjude.org.