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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On December 20, 2021 @ 4:21 pm In Obituary | 8 Comments

James Parisella 2

A kind, mentoring, and compassionate man, Jim passed away on Dec 16, 2021 while comfortable at home in hospice care after a recurrence of cancer. Born in Beverly, MA in 1954 to Joe and Mary Ann Parisella, the family moved to Tucson and set roots and grew to include siblings JoAnn (Fred), Carol (Dave), and Joey (Wendy). After high school, Jim served in the Air Force with deployments in Germany. Upon return, he worked as a letter carrier in Phoenix for over 40 years.

Jim married Margy (née Chrisney) on Nov 11, 1989 and had sons Anthony and Martin. He enjoyed hosting for Cardinal’s games and Thanksgiving as well as many vacations including San Diego (Del Mar) and cruises. He lived his perfect life and will be missed by many.

Visitation to be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 5:00-7:00pm with a Vigil at 6:00pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Avenue on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 12:00pm with burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “PARISELLA, JAMES”

Condolence from Jessica Alire on December 21st, 2021 5:49 am

Dear Margy, Anthony, and Martin, I’m terribly sorry for your loss, it is without a doubt a tremendous one. Jim and I would often run into each other while grocery shopping at Safeway. I enjoyed his joyful greetings and our little chats. He was one proud husband and father and rightfully so! He will be missed by so many. Please know, all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless

Condolence from Arlen Solochek on December 22nd, 2021 11:02 am


I saw Jim’s notice in the paper this morning. I’m so sorry for this huge loss to you and the boys, especially so close to Christmas. May his memory be a blessing always for you.

Arlen Solochek

Condolence from Kathryn Leonard on December 22nd, 2021 1:08 pm

“He lived his perfect life.” I love this. We should all be as lucky to be loved like Jim. My deepest condolences to all of you, Parisella Family.

Condolence from Deborah L Kartje on December 23rd, 2021 4:55 pm

Dear Margy, Anthony and Martin, our sincere condolences. Jim had such a large personality and will surely be missed by everyone that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers to you all. Deb and Cameron Kartje

Condolence from Carol brown parisella on December 23rd, 2021 5:01 pm

Margie, Anthony,Martin ,you mean the world to me your dad was the greatest Big Brother anyone could ever have. he had the heart of gold ❤ he would do anything for anyone. he love his family and his friends like family. he loved life! my heart feels for you guys I am so sorry… My heart is broken I will miss his weekly calls.. And go in on vacations with him… I pray and hope we can continue doing the things we Jimmy ❤ love to do..God bless .. Thank you for being my family..

Condolence from Deborah Brown on December 23rd, 2021 8:45 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Tom & Debbie Brown

Condolence from David & Patty Barry on December 24th, 2021 1:15 am

Margy, Anthony & Martin,

Jim will be the star that shines above our tree this Christmas. His love for the three of you always did shine through when we talked with him. He was a devoted husband and father. No words can express how much we are going to miss him. Our hearts break, but knowing that we will meet again and you will embrace him again can heal some of the enormous loss.

With Love,

David & Patty

Condolence from Michele Ciani on December 31st, 2021 10:22 am

Dear Margy, Anthony and Martin,
We are so sorry to hear that your wonderful husband and father passed away. His great smile and cheerful countenance were always a joy to encounter. He always had the best outlook on life and loved you all so very much. Mike enjoyed working the sidelines with Jim during the Saint Mary’s football games…many good memories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May Jim’s dear soul Rest In Peace.
Mike and Michele Ciani

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