James  T. Pappalardo
  • Semper Fi Fund
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering

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“Jim, you were our favorite customer at the Gingerbread Bake Shop in Sag Harbor. We always enjoyed seeing you in the morning for coffee. You didn't...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Tierney - Little River, SC

“Jim was like a father to me; met him when I was in my 20s, working for the City of NY, and have stayed in touch over the years. We sat next to each...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: WILFRED SATHASIVAM - NY

“Our heart breaks for the loss of such a dear friend.We will miss you Jim. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Steve & Donna Phillips - NY

“Sadly Jim we knew each other not very long.I will never forget you Jim you soon became one of the best friends I ever had.My daughter could not have...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Doug White - Edina, MN - Friend

“Without a doubt, they truly don't make them like Mr. Pappalardo anymore. He is the first parent of a classmate I recall meeting at college, with his...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Brenda Barry - Family Friend

“Mr. Pappalardo was a very generous man. I remember playing every sport under the son with his son James. And every day he would walk the...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Kevin Ballard - New York, NY

“Jim Pappalardo was more than my best friend's dad. He was there at every important stage of my life, with a twinkle in his eye, a boisterous laugh, a...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Kirchheimer - IL

“I've been friends with Jim for about 20 years in which time I've come to know him as a very big hearted,caring man, he was always bragging about his...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Mark McMahon - Sag harbor, NY

“Jim came into our lives about 20 years ago when my husband Mark McMahon did some tree work for him at his Sag Harbor home. They quickly hit it off...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Cheryl mcmahon - sag harbor, NY

“You have been my upstairs neighbor for so long, it is nice to know you will be above me in heaven forever. Rest in peace. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Peter Sullivan - NYC, NY

“He was really a nice gregarious man and I loved to interact with him at pick up during those elementary school years of Katie and Allegra ! Our...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Susy Belli Alexander - New York, NY


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James T. Pappalardo, 89, died peacefully at home on April 14, 2019, after a long fight with prostate cancer. Born in Washington Heights on September 20, 1929, Jim was a graduate of St Ann's Academy and Fordham University, and a proud veteran of the United States Marines Corps, serving in Korea and Japan in the 1950s.

He was a well-known fixture of Peter Cooper, where he lived for over 50 years, and he will be sorely missed by those in the community and by the many people he touched with his gregarious warmth and kindness.

He is survived by his daughter Deirdre and son-in-law Dominic; his son James and daughter-in-law Angie; his three beloved grandchildren, Katie, Anna and Charlie; and his sister Diana and brother-in-law Bruno. He was preceded in death by his wife Susan, whom he married in 1966; his parents, Clara and Ernesto; and his siblings, Laura, Joseph, Elsie and Louis.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Semper Fi Fund or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.