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James V. Migaiolo Sr., of Barrackville, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2017) at Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Fairmont, on April 25, 1929, the oldest of four sons, to Raffele and Barbara Migaiolo.
He is survived by his son, James V. Migaiolo Jr.; and two brothers, Joseph, of Morgantown, (sister-in-law Judith) and Tony of Vista, California, (deceased sister-in-law Eleanor).
His brother, Frank, of Victorville, California, passed in 2000, with his wife Marlene surviving.
In addition, he had nieces Julie Ridge, Sandy Rose, Kim Jett and Barbara Thomas; along with nephews Frank Migaiolo, John Migaiolo and Joseph R. Migaiolo; and several cousins.
While growing up, he ran the movie projector at the local union hall. After graduation as the 1947 valedictorian of Barrackville High School, he worked two summers at Barrackville's No. 41 mine while earning his bachelor's degree at Fairmont State.
After graduating from college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe during the Korean War. Achieving the rank of corporal, James was discharged when hostilities ended.
Upon returning home, he began teaching business (accounting, typing, etc.) related courses at East Fairmont High School. During his time there from 1955 to 1988, he earned his master's degree at West Virginia University, met his future wife, the late Dorothy Meredith Migaiolo, who was East Fairmont's physical education instructor, and had one son, James Jr., who survives them both.
Once he retired, he became vice president and later president of the Retired Teachers Association during the early 1990s.
James was a parishioner of All Saints Catholic Church in Barrackville until its closing. Afterward, he became a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Fairmont.
Some of his many hobbies included gardening, traveling, photography and spending time with friends and family.
Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont. A Catholic funeral liturgy will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Father Robert A. Perriello and Father William A. Anderson presiding. Interment will be follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. A Vigil Rite service led by Father William A. Anderson will be held 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or Jacob's Well, House of Prayer, 386 Varner Hollow Road, Salem, WV 26426.
Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com.
Published on January 7, 2017
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