James B. “Jimbo” Leland, 59, of Framingham, formerly of Northborough, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at The Reservoir in Marlborough.
Born in Waltham, he was the son of the late Roger B. and Joan M. (Franzosa) Leland. He was raised in Northborough and was a graduate of the Fay School. He lived his entire life in Massachusetts, residing in Framingham for the last years of his life.
Jimbo was an avid fan of all Boston sports. His knowledge of the Red Sox and Patriots was above and beyond even the best commentator. He was always up for a good joke - whether he was telling the joke or hearing it. He had a simple, complete appreciation for anything anyone gave him or did for him. He loved a good meal, thoroughly enjoying everything that was put in front of him. He always had a smile on his face and greeted everyone with a warm, genuine hello. Even towards the end of his life, Jimbo never complained and faced everyday with an upbeat attitude. He was truly a kind and gentle soul who will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure to have met him.
He is survived by his stepmother, Lorraine Leland, of Northborough; his siblings, Mark C. Leland of Ohio, Leslie B. Leland of Ohio, Jeffrey B. Leland of Northborough, Michael B. Leland of Grafton, Jeanne L. Santella of Northborough and Pamela L. Lavoie of Millbury; his dear friends, Jane Fletcher of Northborough, Anne Fletcher of Illinois, and Andy Curtis of Berlin; as well as six nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, October 5, from 3 to 5 P.M. with a prayer service at 4:00 P.M. at the Pickering & Son Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. Burial in Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough, will be private.
The family requests that facial masks be worn at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Programs For People, 98 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA 01702