Jim Worth, age 60, died peacefully in his Canton, MA (formerly of Westwood, MA) home on February 22nd, 2022.
Jim traveled the world but he remained a New Englander through and through.
Except when it came to his professional sports teams.
He rooted for the Yankees, Knicks, The Rangers and, believe it or not, the Jets.
He was raised in Westport, Conn., and went to Staples High, where he was a 6-foot-5 center on the basketball team and made lifelong friends.
Jim spent summers at the family's house on Cape Cod and developed a love for boating and lobster rolls.
While his friends spread out across the country, Jim graduated from Boston College with a marketing degree, and after several stops he settled in Boston into a career in sales.
Still a sportsman, Jim developed a love of skiing and golf and bonded with his best friends on the links and the slopes. Still single, he finally found the love of his life at Buff's Pub in Newton. Barb Forrence was a speech therapist living in the same town and she fell for Jim's sincerity, beautiful eyes, calming voice, and straightforwardness from the start.
They shared a summer of love on the Cape and became inseparable. They were married in 1996 at Ballymeade Country Club and honeymooned in Tahiti.
They continued to travel the world, sometimes to exotic locations and many times as a reward for Jim's excellence in sales.
A daughter, Leah Elizabeth Worth, was born in 2000 and was the light of her daddy's life. Jim taught her to ski and made her a fan of sports, especially his beloved BC — where he had season tickets to football and basketball. When Leah was accepted to BC, he cried. Maybe for the first time since Doug Flutie threw the Hail Mary.
Jim was the quintessential family man. Family time was spent exploring the coast of Maine, trying new restaurants, and planning the next vacation while cuddled on the couch with his girls. He loved his family more than he loved cars, boats, BC or the Cape -- and he loved those things a lot. He worked for decades to maintain that family home on the Cape, where he kept his boat and brought family and friends for summertime stays.
He loved his friends, traveling, playing golf, skiing and playing basketball with them, and sharing dinners, drinks and good times.
Jim was loving and loyal -- he worked for only two companies in his entire career -- and never had a bad word to say about anyone who didn't work for the Jets.
He remained positive and courageous while living with cancer, discussing things in a calm and collected way that put everybody at ease.
Jim will be desperately missed by his wife Barb, daughter Leah, mother Marilyn, sisters Christine (Arthur), and Julie (Mark). He leaves nieces and nephews and countless beloved friends.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to The First Parish of Westwood, MA or to the Boston College Athletic Department to upgrade their lousy Alumni Stadium sound system.
The family will receive visitors at Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home on Sunday February 27 from 2-4 pm at 55 High Rock Street, Westwood MA.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Parish of Westwood, 252 Nahatan Street, Westwood MA on Monday February 28 at 2pm. Strict COVID precautions, including the use of an N95/KN95 mask is required. Please contact the family if you prefer to watch the service via live streaming.