James J. LeVangie

  • Born: March 28, 1941
  • Died: April 20, 2020
  • Location: Hooksett, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Joseph LeVangie, Jr., 79, was called home to God, surrounded by his family, in Manchester, NH on April 20, 2020 after a long illness. He was born at Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Jim was a 20-year career military policeman and a Vietnam Veteran, serving in both the Air Force and Army. He especially enjoyed his assignments as an accident investigator, "Mr. Safety", and as the Military Police Liaison to the local police on Okinawa. Music of every genre was his passion. While stationed in Okinawa, he was briefly assigned to his secondary MOS as a radio disc jockey with the "The East of Midnight Show" and in television production on Armed Forces Radio and Television Service - Far East Network. After retiring as a Military Police Instructor, Jim worked for 27 years in the U.S. Postal Service. Jim had a creative and inquisitive mind, actively learning about his varied interests. He was a member of the Nutfield Valley Model Railroad Club of Derry, N.H., and often used his photography skills on railroads all over New England. Jim was active in both his children's Scout troops, participating in many camping trips and hikes. He was a proud member of the American Legion - Officer Jeremy Charon Law Enforcement Post 122, Concord, N.H. Jim will be missed for his beautiful, spontaneous grin and great sense of humor. He was easy-going and friendly and would love to chat with anyone.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; Margaret C. (Goode) Catania and Charles M. Catania of Chicopee, Massachusetts and James J. LeVangie, Sr.; He is survived by his best friend and wife of almost 55 years, Rosemary (Murphy) LeVangie; his daughter Kathleen ML Volpone and her husband Michael Volpone of Newbury, MA and son Sean C. LeVangie of Hooksett NH; his five beloved grandchildren Patrick, Ryan, Erin, Meghan, and Thomas Volpone; and great-granddaughter Mellodi Volpone of Newbury, MA; his sister Corinne Hillhouse and her husband Rodney Hillhouse and their son Mark of Florida; his sister Hillary Williams and niece Deborah Tetlow and her husband Anthony Tetlow of Wales, UK; and a large clan of beloved relatives and friends.

A private service for the immediate family is being held on Saturday, April 25th, and Post-COVID a Funeral Mass and interment at The N.H. Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. followed by a Celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim's name to the Army Emergency Relief Fund.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Was good friends with Jim and Rosemary during my Air Force assignment in Okinawa. Condolences to one and all. Jim caused me to become a big music buff by recording album after album. Would love to hear from Rosemary as Kathy and I (David Cox) have thought often about our friends. 304-886-4578, living in West Virginia.

Posted by David Cox - Summit Point, WV - Served in the Military together   March 09, 2021

My family were neighbors to the LeVangie's when Mr. LeVangie's daughter and I were in our teens. I remember him having a great personality and liked Cheryl Tiegs. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Debbie (Gilmore) Richer - New Port Richey, FL - Friend   May 19, 2020

I have very fond memories of Mr. LeVangie. He was always smiling when he delivered the mail at Great West Trading Co. He was a wonderful man who lit up the room. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Danielle Gagnon - Manchester, NH - Acquaintance   May 02, 2020

Jimmy was my only sibling and although he was 13 years older than me, we were exceptionally close. Because my parents told me Jimmy never smoked ( a lie , he did for a very short time), I never even tried it. I still have all the letters he wrote to me, telling me to do good in school, to be good to Mom and Dad, etc. I idolized him and what a perfect guy to idolize! He used to call me Freckle Puss, he gave nicknames to all my friends! When we finally ended up in the same town in 1992, we got even closer. I was so blessed to have him for my brother and I can't wait to see his grin and hear his laugh again

Posted by Cori Hillhouse - Zephyrhills, FL - Family   May 02, 2020

Rosemary Sean and Kathy I felt like Jim was the brother I never had in so many ways. About the time I first met him at USPS I was going through a time of personal trauma because my service time was all spent in the states(due to choices I made) while others including Jim, went to Nam. Consequently I felt like a 2nd class veteran I was able to share my concerns with him and he would constantly remind me" where you served didn't matter You wore the uniform That's what is important" His encouragement lifted me out of my despondency and restored my self esteem. He helped me in many other ways as well and I do-and will - deeply miss him. My prayers for the family and may God's richest blessing and comfort surround you.

Posted by Art Ball - Manchester, NH - Coworker   April 30, 2020

Rosemary, Kathy, Sean, and everyone who loved Mr. LeVangie are fortunate and blessed to have had him in their lives. Mr. LeVangie was the best of men - a devoted husband and loving pop who laughed the best laugh I ever heard. I was so lucky to have met Mr. LeVangie through his beautiful daughter, Kathy. Beyond sorry for their profound loss - he'll be sorely missed but we look forward with joy to seeing his grin and hearing his laugh again someday.

Posted by Kathleen Meesey - Colorado Springs, CO - Family Friend   April 28, 2020

So many memories. I remember meeting the "older man" my sister was dating. The wedding, and the reception in the backyard, meeting Kathy for the first time when I was in NY. Playing charades and fun at Hampton Beach. Hold onto your memories. He was a special guy. Love to all.

Posted by Kathy French - Tewksbury, MA - Sister   April 27, 2020

Dear Rosemary and family, we're so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Kelly and Randy French.

Posted by Kelly & Randy French - Derry, NH - Family   April 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy/ uncle. After all this crazy stuff is over we will celebrate his life properly.

Posted by Michael Bennett - Tewksbury, MA - Family   April 25, 2020

I will miss Jim's laugh, extraordinary hello hugs, and infectious smile. I love all the stories he and my dad would tell. Especially the one about breakfast in Okinowa. My parents and Jim and Rosemary showed me that real friendship is a priceless treasure. Jim and Rosemary have always shown up for me and loved me like their own. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul like no other. I know one day, Jim will be there waiting for me with one of those extraordinary welcome hugs and a huge smile.

Posted by Becca Masone - Sparta, NJ - Family Friend   April 25, 2020

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