James Malcolm Litsey was taken unexpectedly on August 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm. He was a man of high character; patriotic, generous, slow to anger, always forgiving, never in a rush, he always had a word of encouragement and wisdom when asked. Jim had a unique opinion on life, one that rose above common perspectives.
He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Joyce “Joy” Paretti Litsey. His mother-in-law, Joyce B. Paretti. By his children: Daphne Rose Litsey, James M. Litsey and Angelique; Jon A. Peltier and Elizabeth; Marc T. Peltier and Priscilla; Vanessa A. Sieracki and Mark. By his grandchildren: Jessica Boyd and Dustin, Sydney Treme’, Justin Treme’, James Boyd, Joshua Peltier, Nicholas Peltier, Maggie Wilson, Matthew Peltier, Vanessa Peltier, Jon Peltier, Dominic Sieracki, James “TJ” Litsey and Samantha Litsey. Brother Gordon E. Litsey and Rose and Brother-in-law, David West. Brother-in-laws, Thomas (Butch) A. Paretti, III (Arlene) and Joseph (Joe) Paretti (Elizabeth). Nieces and Nephews: Melissa Shoshani and Joe, David West, James West, Whitney Litsey and Tara Litsey. Great-nieces: Mia and Layla Shoshani.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon Edward Litsey and Rose Ella West Litsey, his father-in-law, Thomas A. Paretti, his sister June “Susie” Litsey West, nephew Eric Litsey and niece Devon Litsey.
Jim was born on September 9, 1954 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Leitchfield, Kentucky before moving to Louisiana in his mid-20’s. He had a passion for aviation and become a licensed pilot. He had strong work ethic and was an electrician for ConstructCo, Inc. for 25 years, working tirelessly until the day of his passing.
The greatest treasure of Jim’s life was his bride of 29 years, theirs is the epitome of a loving marriage. Jim’s commitment to Joy, to his children and grandchildren was unwavering and inspirational. He was dependable and loyal, always offering help, even when not requested. His happiest moments were when his family gathered to eat, laugh, and share stories. He was always seen smiling, the pride he had for his family was palpable. His loss is immeasurable, but his gentle strength and loving nature will be remembered in the hearts of his family and friends.
Visitation is 9:00 AM until 4:30 on Saturday, August 26, 2017 for those who would like to celebrate Jim’s life. Please join Jim’s family and friends at JACOB SCHOEN & SON, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70119. A Mass will commence at 1:30 PM in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel.