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Obituary for Jim W. Jadul

JADUL, Jim W. (James) of Arlington, MA passed away peacefully on April 29, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born in Ipswich, MA, son of the late Vandelia Cooke Dziadul and Walter James Dziadul. Beloved husband to his "bride" Joanne M. (Basteri) Jadul. Devoted father of Jacquelyn Overberg and her husband Steven, Brian Jadul and his wife DawnMarie, and Jeffrey Jadul and his wife Kristen. 'Grampy' to Kaelyn, Kyle, Emma, Ryan, Ava, Caroline, and Jack. Oldest brother of Joni Soffron, Jack Dziadul, and the late David Dziadul. Jim had a wonderful life and lived every minute of it.

At Ipswich High, Jim joined the Naval Reserve and upon graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and attended the Naval Submariner School in Groton, CT. He proudly served his country for 9 years as a diver, deckhand and navigator aboard some of the very first nuclear-class submarines. In 1964 while on duty as the navigator of his submarine, Jim discovered an underwater seamount off the coast of Sardinia, Italy, which could have been catastrophic for the sub and its entire crew; it was subsequently named 'Jadul Ridge'. Two years after Jim's discharge from the Navy he continued his military career in the United States Coast Guard Reserve serving for 32 years, retiring as a Commander. He had an incredible USCG resume, including: 1978 Reservist of the Year, Commanding Officer Reserve Group Boston; Letter of recognition for the 1982 World Airways incident in Boston Harbor; Commanding Officer, Reserve Group Merrimack River; Letter of Commendation for the Coordination of Sail Boston 1992; District One Inspection Team; and several Joint Task Force Operations that took him to Governor's Island, Panama, Jamaica, Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, El Salvador ~ and other places "too secret to tell".

In addition to his outstanding military career, Jim managed to receivehis BS Degree from Boston State College during a 30-year career at John Hancock Insurance Company retiring in 1996. But retirement wasn't in Jim's blood. He rediscovered his passion for the maritime industry and founded his own company, Nautical Needs, Limited. Jim took over the management of Admiral's Hill Marina in Chelsea, MA, earned his 100 Ton Masters Captains License and said goodbye to long-pants for good. This 2nd (or 3rd !) career lasted 18 years and in 2014 he finally retired for good to spend winters with Joanne in Marco Island, Florida and summers aboard their happy place, the vessel 'Olivus'.

His life was full and in addition to military, family and work, Jim was a consummate volunteer. From school PTA President and condo board member at Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis to serving as Past Commodore, Executive Board Member and lifetime member at Charlesgate Yacht Club, a 10-year finish-line VIP Grandstand volunteer for the John Hancock/BAA Boston Marathon, and Captain and organizer for the Charles River Clean Up Boat, he was always giving his time and his resources to others.

We welcome all family and friends to gather, honor and remember Jim and a life well-lived, Sunday May 7th, 2023 at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St. Arlington from 5 to 8 PM. Interment will be Monday, May 8that 10:45 AM at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to honor the care and comfort Jim received from Dr. Stone's team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the team at the Care Dimensions Hospice House, Lincoln.