WESTFIELD – James “Jimmy” A. Chaffee, Jr., 38, died unexpectedly on June 9, 2022, in Boston MA. He was born on January 19, 1984, in Springfield MA. He grew up Southwick, attended local schools and was a 2002 graduate of Westfield Vocational Technical High School.
He leaves his father James A. Chaffee, Sr. of Russell and his mother Jo-ann (Hawley) Chaffee predeceased him on October 24, 2017, his sisters Diana Kopecky and her husband Aaron of North Carolina, Melissa Chaffee and her partner Tim of Westfield, Jennifer Dennis and her husband Steve of Agawam, his nieces Sabrina and Jasmine and nephews Rj, Nick, Logan and Dj. And he leaves many aunts and uncles and cousins. He leaves his soul mate and best friend loving wife Kristin L. (Venne) Chaffee and his children Corey and Alexis, and his pride and joy fur baby Hiro.
Jim drove trucks 20 plus years, his passion for driving trucks and being on the open road was what he loved, being part of a trucking family, as well as his best friends, meant the world to him, and the good old sound of the Jake brakes his favorite. He had a love for car racing either Nascar watching his favorite driver to being around dirt track racing, the roar of the motors and smell in the air, and the time he took with being at all the family parties; always loved being with family, loved being at home with his kids and wife and dog; family was everything to him and loved more than anything and always looking forward to coming home to them. His contagious smile would light up a room and non-stop humor to make everyone laugh, never a dull moment, always on point, watch what you say, he always had a remark to go with it, usually some smart remark and a smile. Always the first to help someone, doesn’t matter who, and gave the shirt of his back and had biggest caring heart. He will be missed by many near and far; he touched so many hearts, but his family and true closest friends will miss and love him forever…Hit the left lane, hammer down grabbing gears, keep the shiny side up, watch your six, be safe bub; I’ll chat at you later, drive safe.
Calling hours for James will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2022, from 12-3pm at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield MA. A celebration of Life will follow at 3 pm. Firtionadams.com