James Michael Schiavo

by | Jul 12, 2012 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —James Michael Schiavo, 83, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on June 28, 2012.

He was born in Stamford, Conn., the son of James and Theresa Schiavo, of blessed memory.

Jim retired as a Lt. Colonel from an exemplary Army career in 1971. He spent the next 20 years working for Chesterfield County, Richmond, Va. In 1995 he moved to Virginia Beach to be near family. Jim enjoyed playing baseball and tennis and tending to his beautifully landscaped yard. He was active in community and neighborhood organizations and was a dedicated volunteer teacher for local literacy programs working in both educational environments and the prison system.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 60 wonderful years Dolores; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Don Keeling, grandson Matthew Mervis; daughter Lynn Riley and granddaughters Roxanne and Rachel Riley, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister Connie DeAngelis and sisterin- law Jo-Ann Tamburri, both of Stamford, Conn.; nephew Nicholas DeAngelis and nieces Carol Gill, Jamie Pinto and Ruth Ridgeway.

Jim’s love for his family, his courage throughout debilitating illnesses and his tremendous spirit for life have been an inspiration to all who knew him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Church of the Holy Family. Burial followed at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery, where Jim was laid to rest beside his former sonin- law, Robert Mervis.

Donations to Disabled American Veterans of Hampton Roads or Sentara Health Foundation, 6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 308, Norfolk, VA 23502. Condolences at www.hdoliver.com.