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James V. “Vince” Marra

James V. “Vince” Marra

1926 - 2016

James “Vince” Marra Sr., 90, Holcomb Street, passed away at his home on May 10, 2016.
  Mr. Marra was born March 24, 1926 in Watertown a son of John and Mary Leana Marra. In January of 1944, he graduated from Watertown High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy. Due to having polio he tried three times to acquire a doctor’s release before finally being released to join the service. He proudly served as an Electricians Mate on the Battleship USS Texas until his discharge in June 7, 1946. While on the Texas, Mr. Marra saw combat action during the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  On November 24, 1949, he married Eleanor M. Memolo at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY. The couple have been married for sixty-seven years.
  After being discharged from the US Navy he joined Pearson and Timmerman of Watertown as a union electrician. Shortly thereafter, he joined his brothers at Marra’s service station on Arsenal Street until the business was sold in 1986. He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church, a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Italian American Civic Association. Mr. Marra enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and to garden, especially tending to his roses and vegetables. Always the mechanic, he loved to fix, repair and tinker with things. He was well respected for his patient outlook and taught his children the importance of self-sufficiency.
  Surviving besides his wife are a son, James (Jay) Jr. (Dawn), Ft. Calhoun, NE, three daughters, Pamela J. (Timothy) Clement, Patricia M. Virkler, Karen A. (Timothy) Adderley, all of Watertown, a sister, Rose DeFranco, Watertown, a sister-in-law, Christine (Dennis) Richardson, Jefferson, TX, nine grandchildren, Amy (Christopher) Gamber, Timothy (Meghan) Clement, David (Beverly) Virkler, John Clement, Michael Adderley and Allison Adderley, Anna Marra, Victoria Campbell, John “JD” Campbell and Ashley Campbell, six great grandchildren , several nieces and nephews. Two brothers Tony and Joe, and an infant sister all died before him.
  Calling hours will be Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2-5pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be held Monday, May 23, 2016 at 9:15 am with a 10 am funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Church with Reverend Joseph Christy officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with military honors. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY 13601. Mr. Marra’s obituary may also be viewed at Ray’s Tribute to Historic Battleship Texas BB-35 on facebook. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com

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Mrs. Marra, Pam, Patty, Karen & Jay
Thinking of you and knowing how hard it is to go through this. Your father was a great man - always a smile.  I remember my father taking me down to his gas station - saying “Vince can fix anything”!
Love and Prayers to all of you.

By Lisa Renzi on 05 23, 2016


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I was so very sorry to hear of Uncle Vince’s passing. Know you are in my thoughts as I know he will be sorely missed.

By Christine Marra Mooney on 05 19, 2016


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Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Your father was such a sweet gentle man.  We are so honored to have known him.

By Julie and Bill Adderley on 05 18, 2016


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So sorry to hear of the passing of your Husband/Father.  After reading his obituary—you could tell that he lived a very interesting and full life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

By Rob Engelstad on 05 18, 2016


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Karen and family,  Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dad.

By Nancy Datoush on 05 15, 2016


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Vince was so good to me when I was just out of college and owned a challenging vehicle.  He was always kind and sympathetic, but told me he was never happy to see my vehicle parked at the garage when he got to work! Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of this amazing man.

By Donna Strejlau on 05 14, 2016


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thoughts and prayers are with you and family, I remember when my dad Carl Price worked for Vince and tony and Joe at Marra, s gas station when I was growing up

By Cecil & Beverly Typhair on 05 12, 2016


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