Mr. James C. Worrick, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in Pittsfield, MA. Born in Wyandotte, Michigan on May 16, 1956, he was the son of the late Richard Worrick and Patsy (Brunton) Worrick and the third son of seven sons.
He was the beloved husband of Alison C. Worrick and devoted father of their son, Eric Worrick. Jim and Alison were married for 26 wonderful and blessed years together.
Jim doted on his wife and son and he loved them unconditionally. Jim was happiest when he was around his family of three. Jim had given Alison a lifetime’s worth of beautiful roses during their marriage. He had a heart of gold. He had a wonderful positivity everyday and a great sense of humor that had a lasting effect on those around him.
Jim grew up in the city of Worcester with his brothers and his mom. There he enjoyed playing various sports like street hockey and tackle football with his neighborhood friends and he had memories of playing competitive basketball with his brothers.
Jim had caddied at a country club in Worcester. He was helping to support his mom after his Dad’s passing. Jim was only 9 years old when that had occurred. It was hard work, but Jim also met some interesting people along the way. For those who remember Andre the Giant, the pro-wrestler, Jim was fortunate to have caddied for him on several occasions. Jim certainly walked quite a few miles. He also had the opportunity to coach a softball team during a summer too.
When Jim graduated from Burncoat High School in Worcester, he was mentored by the vice principal at that time. Jim had decided at a young age that he wanted to be a counselor to help people who were struggling in life. The vice principal helped to counsel and provided guidance that helped him find his way in life.
Jim also worked at a Worcester mill running loom labeling machines. He always took pride in knowing he could operate several looms at once. It was hard work but Jim took on the challenge.
Jim took an interest in Police work in the Worcester area. He became a Special Police Officer for the State of Mass. in which Jim was sworn in annually to carry honor and dignity by the governor at that time. He enjoyed many years working on that job before moving on.
Forwarding in time, Jim met the love of his life, Alison and together they moved westward. Jim had always enjoyed cooking, so naturally, he decided to work in the restaurant business. He often worked as a part of management for Abdow’s, A&W, and Friendly’s. He would also help with any task that needed to get done. He had a great rapport with employees and customers. He prepared many specialty dishes that customers enjoyed and asked for again. Jim also worked for The Key Program and helped numerous youths get their lives back on track.
His next journey in life led him even more westward. This is where he and Alison welcomed their son Eric into the world and changed his life forever. He thought he had been blessed once with true love, but now twice!
That was also the time when Jim’s interest with helping others continued with a career in human services. Though life experiences, lots of hard work and dedication, Jim achieved his own degree of learning. He climbed the ranks and served in many managerial positions. He also served on a crisis response team in various private facilities that served troubled youth.
Jim also found the time to volunteer, along with his son and wife at local food pantries and at an elementary and a middle school. Jim was always willing to help out any person who needed it. He carried a code of ethics and values throughout his entire life. He treated people he interacted with, like they were his own family and would go the extra mile for them.
His last employer was The Brien Center of Pittsfield. He worked as a Recovery Facilitator Specialist for many years. He helped numerous people while he worked there. Jim was an understanding, caring, supportive and sacrificing man. Some may refer to Jimmy as their guardian angel. Jim and his family of three wanted to open a fostering home to help individuals with various disabilities. In Jim’s honor, his son and wife want to make his dream a reality in the future.
In honor of our beloved Jimmy, his wife and son will always remember him as our full circle of love, our hero and our anchor. He was the brightest light in our lives. Love you forever Jimmy!
In addition to Alison and Eric, Jimmy is survived by his mother, Patsy Worrick of Worcester, his brothers, Rick (Kathy) Worrick of Worcester, Jeff Worrick of Attleboro, Robert (Cathy) Worrick of Ohio, Michael (Jeanne) Worrick of Plymouth, Larry Worrick of Worcester, and Jerry Worrick of Oakham, MA, his father in law, John Carroll, his brother in law Sean Carroll (Susie) and many nieces, nephews and other extended members of his family.
Jim’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the BMC ER staff, Dr. Cordini, the ambulance personnel and Pittsfield Police Officer Darren Derby.
Due to the restrictions in place because of COVID-19 and the extensive number of lives Jimmy touched over the years, funeral services were held privately for the family under the direction of Devanny-Condron Funeral Home and burial took place at Pittsfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family asks that you do something to make life a little easier for someone who needs help.
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