James Carmelo Severino

October 5, 1933 - April 26, 2021

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James Carmelo Severino

Oct. 5, 1933 – April 26, 2021

                James (Jim) Severino was born on Oct. 5, 1933, in Spokane, WA, and passed away peacefully with his family at his side on April 26, 2021. 

                Jim’s life centered around his love of family, friends, Seahawks, and Sons of Italy, but family always came first.  He was especially fond of family gatherings and activities with his many friends.  Jim looked forward to days spent barbecuing and playing Bocce with friends and family in his handmade Bocce court, and his yard and fountain were always a source of pride and inspiration.   

                Jim served with honor in the Army National Guard and served every community he lived in as his career took his family many places.  He built floats for the Spokane Lilac parade, and served in many roles with the Order of the Sons of Italy (now OSDIA), including president of the local Seattle Fedele lodge and 2 terms as the State President.  Many of Jim’s closest friends were those he met through his association with the Order.  Jim was also very active in the South Chapter of the Seahawkers booster club, serving in various roles over the years and constantly rooting for his favorite team.  A season ticket holder from the team’s first season, he was thrilled when the Seahawks finally won a Super Bowl. 

Jim is survived by his daughters Kathy Hawley (Dan) and Pat Bulzomi (Mike), four grandchildren Michael, Kristin (Kip), Chris (Joey), and Tim (Heather); and sister Grace Grandinetti, and many other loving extended family members.  Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife Shirley, and sister Maryann and brother Carmen. 

Memorial services in person will be limited to immediate family only due to Covid-19 restrictions.  We are sad that we cannot welcome all his many friends and family members to the service, but please sign the online guest/memory book available at:  www.bonneywatson.com.  You can also livestream the service through Facebook or YouTube via links on the website for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church: https://www.stfoa.org/.  We hope to schedule a celebration of Jim’s life sometime soon once it is safe to host gatherings again.

                In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made in Jim’s honor to the Sons of Italy Seattle Fedele Lodge, Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, or your favorite charity.

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Alison Hawley-Washington
Alison Hawley-Washington
7 days ago

To the family of Jim,
W.C. and I are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Through the years he has been a wonderful part of our extended family. Always jovial, kind and family first. He will be missed. I’m just so sorry that we can’t attend his service because of Covid. He was lucky to have you as family because we know that you loved him with all your hearts. Our deepest sympathy to you. May Jim rest in peace. Love, Alison and W.C.

Patrick McNee
Patrick McNee
6 days ago

Patrick

Lisa Lucas (Severino)
Lisa Lucas (Severino)
5 days ago

You will be missed Uncle Jim. You always made family gatherings when I was younger more fun. Love you.

Mark Bulzomi
Mark Bulzomi
5 days ago

Mark

Diane Y Scillo
Diane Y Scillo
5 days ago

So sorry for your loss. When Jim worked at Garrett Freight he used to call on the Buyers at the UW .I worked in the same building as Purchasing and he would always stop my office for a chat. On another note I still have the Rosary Shirley purchased for me on her trip to Ireland. We often talked about what it was like for 2 Irish girls married to Italian men. God Bless you all for taking such good care of Jim in his later years.

Rosie and Jim Volpone
Rosie and Jim Volpone
5 days ago

Jim was one of the best men I have known. As an in law, he always had a kind word, quick smile and hug and welcome arms. I have enjoyed being with him in many capacities over the years, first as family but also through Sons of Italy. Jim and I send our heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a good, generous and kind man. More specifically a father, grandfather and friend. We have many memories at many family gatherings and on his home bocce court. Rest in peace with your beloved Shirley Jim, after a life well lived.

Steve Bulzomi
Steve Bulzomi
5 days ago

I am very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a kind, generous and affable man who was loved by all. Sincere condolences to Pat and Kathy to their families. He will be missed by all. Rest in Peace.

Michele Nestor
Michele Nestor
5 days ago

Jim was a wonderful friend to my Dad Michael Nestor. My Dad loved your Dad.

Pat Simon
Pat Simon
5 days ago

My heartfelt condolences to Patty, Kathy, and their families, and all the people who knew and cherished Jim. I found him to be a kind, generous, big personality, who radiated love and friendship to all he encountered. I remember with great pleasure all the times we met and loved his unique perspectives on everything we discussed. I know what a huge hole he leaves in your lives and I wish peace and comfort for all. I know, too, that he is healed, whole, and reunited with Shirley and I take comfort in that as I hope you do, too. May he rest in peace and joy.