ATTLEBORO - James Edward Rhilinger, JR, fondly known as Jim to all, 68, of Sangerville, ME, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, in Attleboro.
He was the beloved husband of Edna (Howard) Rhilinger for 20 years before her passing in 2014.
Born on October 7th 1948, in Boston, Jim was the son of the late James and Margaret (Johnson) Rhilinger.
Jim grew up in both Plainville and North Attleboro, a graduate of the class of 1966 at Bishop Feehan High School, where he played football.
For many years, Jim worked for New England Telephone, Crosby Valve and Gauge and also at Partylite Gifts as a maintenance manager. He "retired" from Puritan Medical of Guilford, ME in 2014
An avid fan of music, Jim came out of retirement to work with GMCS of Rhode Island in the beginning of 2015, providing security to concerts and music festivals across New England. It was there that he could feed his love of music and could meet several of his favorite musicians in the process.
Jim had a great passion for nature, living among the woods and mountains of Maine for many years. He enjoyed capturing their beauty and sharing the photographs he took around his home and out on his adventures.
Jim was famous for his love of coffee, chocolate baked goods, plaid flannel and his dogs. Above all else, he was a very kind and generous man, who helped his family and his friends in any way that he could.
He is survived by three siblings; Steven Rhilinger of North Attleboro, Paul Rhilinger of Riverside, RI and Lois Forbes of the United Kingdom;
Four children and seven grandchildren; James E. Rhilinger III, his wife Kristin Mulrooney and their two children, Aida and James, of Alexandria, VA; Amy Rhilinger, her husband Jason Hancock and their son Cooper, of Plainville; Susan Saulnier and her three children, Seth, Noah, and Emily, of Attleboro; Amanda Frith, her husband Christopher, and their expectant daughter Ella-Mae. Jim is also survived by his two rambunctious and beloved dogs, Oscar the beagle and Stoner the black lab.
He is also survived by the mother of his children Linda (Svendsen) Fontaine of North Attleboro.
He was brother of the late Carolyn (Rhilinger) Rose and Joan (Rhilinger) Mayo.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, December 26 from 4-7 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro immediately followed by a service in the funeral home at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community VNA.