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James A. “Jimmy” Ackerman

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) REVERE for James A. “Jimmy” Ackerman, who died on Wednesday, April 7th peacefully, in his sleep, at his Revere residence following a long illness, he was 68 years old. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) REVERE at 11:00 a.m. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions set forth by the Commonwealth of MA, the CDC, the Boston Archdiocese & the City of Revere will be in effect. Face masks must be worn at all times & social distancing must be maintained in the Funeral Home and at Church. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the Funeral Home and Church. Only 25 people are allowed in the Funeral Home at one time. Capacity limits in the Church also apply. Interment will be Private.

Jimmy was born in Chelsea and was raised & educated in Revere. He was a proud alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1971. He furthered his education attending North Shore Community College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Jimmy will be remembered for his kindness, humor, and intelligence. He was a self- taught linguist who spoke several languages fluently, among them: Greek, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese & French.  He had a natural ear for languages and was able to learn simply by listening and speaking with native speakers. Most recently he had been learning Arabic. He had a vast knowledge of cultures and history and an insatiable curiosity that endeared him to many non-English speakers, as he took the time to learn how to communicate with them.  He was able to use his linguistic abilities when he worked as a concierge at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, greeting and assisting people visiting the hospital in their own language. Jimmy was an avid gardener and landscaper and for many years, along with his mother, he grew a sumptuous vegetable garden. His love of culture and organic farming spread to his cooking where he prepared wonderful meals and freshly baked cookies for his family and he was the keeper of his mother’s many Greek recipes. Jimmy loved being outdoors and could be frequently seen along Revere Beach, either running or walking, from Elliot Circle to the Point of Pines. Although he had many personal struggles, Jimmy was always quick to help others displaying deep compassion and empathy. Jimmy found solace in his strong faith and his friendship with Bill W.

He is the devoted son of the late Thomas E. Ackerman & Mary P. (Theophiles) Ackerman. Cherished brother of Mary Lauriat & her husband Philip of Wakefield, Patricia “Patti” Ackerman- Felt, of Saugus, Janis DelGaizo & husband John of Lynnfield, Thomas F. Ackerman & wife Cindy of Lynnfield, Margaret “Peggy” Ackerman of Nahant, Michael Ackerman & wife Judy of Melrose, the late Stephen M. Ackerman & Jimmy’s partner of 30 years, Ricky Adams. He is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, and his dear friend John Catino.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215.


Services

Visiting Hours

Face masks must be worn at all times & social distancing must be maintained in the funeral home. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the funeral home. Only 25 people are allowed in the Funeral Home at one time. Guests are asked to visit briefly and to exit the funeral home to allow others to enter.

Monday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Funeral Mass

Face masks must be worn at all times & social distancing must be maintained at the church. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the church.

Monday, April 12th at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere

Interment

Will be Private


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  1. Mark, Beth, and Mel Levine
    May 2 2021

    Dear Ackerman Family,

    We are so sorry to learn of Jimmy’s passing. I was always so impressed with Jimmy’s intelligence and his kindness as well. Twenty years after I worked with him at Raimond Silver, Jimmy recognized me on the Blue Line and made me guess who he was. I wish I could have spent more time with him than that…he was truly a remarkable man. Please accept the heartfelt condolences of the Levine family.

  2. Al Kramer
    Apr 12 2021

    I was sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. You are all in my thoughts hoping that his kind soul that will surely be blessed will help you find some solace in mourning his loss.
    Al Kramer

  3. Patti Donovan
    Apr 11 2021

    Ackerman Family,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of Jimmy. May he Rest In Peace.

    Best, Patti & Alexey

  4. Robert & Cathy Boyan
    Apr 11 2021

    Ackerman Family

    So sorry to hear that Jimmy passed. Please know we will pray for him and will keep the Family in our thoughts.

    Robert and Cathy

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