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METHUEN, MA - James "Jimmy" Melnick, 66, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018, at Cedar View Nursing and Rehab Center in Methuen, Mass.
He was born in Lawrence, Mass., to the late Gregory and Helen (Fitzpatrick) Melnick. He attended Lawrence Public Schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1969. Jimmy was a gifted athlete and was the proud recipient of the Edward F. Cregg medal given for scholarship and athletic performance upon graduation. Jim received his college degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1973, where he majored in marketing. He went on to follow his dream of becoming a commodity trader, worked under the tutelage of Richard Dennis in Chicargo, Ill., and became one of thirteen successful traders who called themselves "The Turtles."
Jimmy loved spending Saturdays watching college football. He was a dedicated fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and the Boston Red Sox. He also had a passion for national politics. He was our source of the "true" news. Jim's fascination with the Rolling Stones spanned his whole life. Combine all these qualities with an amazing sense of humor and that was Jim.
Jim is survived by his brother, Gregory, and his wife Janet (Allen), his sisters, Dianne Russell, and her husband Robert, and Lauren Ambra and her husband Michael. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and longtime friend, Paula Melnick; all of whom loved him dearly.
At Jim's request, there will be no calling hours. In his memory he asked that you keep a prayer in your heart and a Rolling Stones song in your head because you never know..."This could be the last time...This could be the last time...Maybe the last time...I don't know."
If you desire to share a memory or two, or offer condolences, one may do so at the Eagle Tribune obituary guestbook.
Published on February 28, 2018
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