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Major James Edward Addas, US Army, Ret.
April 12, 1960 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Major James Edward Addas, U.S. Army, Retired passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024. The son of the late Raymond and Alice Addas, Jimmy or Jim, was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. He attended St. Peter’s Preparatory H.S. and grew his many lifelong friendships there. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and through its ROTC program in 1982, received a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. The first of his many assignments brought him to the DMZ in South Korea and from there he would go on to various assignments in Panama, the U.S. and Germany. While in Germany, he was called to serve in Operation Desert Storm. He was part of a unit that invaded Iraq and his actions earned him a Bronze Star for valor. He never talked about the experience that garnered the medal, but he was proud of the achievement. Jimmy loved his career in the Army and eventually retired when various health issues began to arise.
With an appetite for life, as well as steak, Jimmy loved to be around people. Being half Irish, Jimmy was definitely born with the gift of gab. Those that knew him would understand why we in the family always said “Jimmy can have a conversation with a telephone pole”! Of the many topics he could discuss, his New York Mets and Jets were at the top. A diehard fan of those teams, he endured the thrill of victory on occasion but more frequently, it was the agony of defeat. However, his loyalty was unwavering. If he wasn’t watching sports on the TV, Jim could be found with his nose stuck in a book or magazine. Some of those times, he would be reading about dogs or birds, both of which were near and dear to him. He loved his rottweilers, and his favorite dog, Max, was a true German rottweiler who grew up going to the office with him near Furstenburg.
Although many events shaped his life, none was more impactful than a blind date on a cold January day in NYC. It is on that date that he met his wife of more than 30 years, Rose. Together, they would experience life in his various military assignments including Panama. Upon his retirement from the Army, Jimmy and Rose became parents to their two beautiful daughters, Graziella (Gigi) and Isabella (Bella). True to his military background, the family would live in various places including Virginia (twice), Massachusetts, Florida and eventually settling in Lexington, SC. Watching his daughters grow into talented young adults was an extreme source of pride to him. His love and pride for his family cannot be measured.
Jim is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Paiano Addas; his two daughters, Graziella and Isabella; his sister, Joanne; and his nephews, Raymond L. Addas III, Anthony James Addas, Thomas Paiano and Nicholas Paiano.
He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond L. Addas, Jr.
A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30am, Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Transfiguration Catholic Church located at 9820 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood, SC 29016. The Committal service will be held 1pm Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family.