James M. Odum

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James M. Odum

October 07, 1985 - December 29, 2018

James M. Odum Gloucester - James Michael Odum, 33, of Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2018 at Addison Gilbert Hospital.
He was born October 7, 1985. He was the son of Angela Contri-Stone of Gloucester MA and Lee Odum of Hillsboro NH. He attended Hillsboro-Derring High school and he received his GED at Job Core in Vermont. It was at Job Core, where his natural talent for manual labor flourished. He was a Jack of all trades, experienced in masonry, painting, carpentry and landscaping. The majority of his career was focused on masonry. As a child, James loved to play floor hockey, pee wee football and hacky sac. He never outgrew his love for animals. It did not matter if the animal was a dog, cat, or a turtle, he found trying to cross the street. James will be remembered as a loving friend with a big heart. For those that knew him, he always had a smirk on his face and would say "Hey, how have you been?" James's true passion in life was being a father to his son, Cody James Odum. James felt blessed to share the love and joy of parenthood with Sarah Tardif. He was an amazing father who loved his son wholeheartedly.
James is survived by his son Cody James Odum, his mother, Angela Contri-Stone, his father, Lee Odum and wife Robin. In addition, James leaves behind his two sisters Jennifer N. Ryan USN, her husband MMCS Justin H. Ryan USN, Leanne Odum, longtime partner of Samuel Parsons. Step siblings Michael, Emily, and Alexander; four nieces and four nephews; maternal grandmother Mary Contri. aunts Mary Cribbs, Brenda Odum, uncle's Thomas Odum Jr, and Jay Odum. Godmother/ Aunt Joanne Contri and Godfather Michael Longo as well as numerous cousins. He leaves behind close friends, Steve MacDougal and Keith Magnett, with a bond so tight they were more like brothers. James also leaves behind his girlfriend, Kylee Barreiro. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather James S Contri USN, paternal, Marjorie and Joel Wilson; great-grandmothers Angela Strescino and Dorothy Ball and great-grandfather Adolph Peura.
Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. A graveside service and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Eastern Ave, Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 5, 2019
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Leanne Odum
Jan 19, 2019
James was the most wonderful, caring and loving person in my life. He is and will always be the best brother a sister could ever ask for. James I will carry you in my heart, thoughts and till the end of time. I love you always baby brother. Xoxo
Michael S Tarr
Jan 07, 2019
All the year i knowing James great kid always happy Jame i will miss you you was a good person and always will be R.I.P buddy until i see you again much love
Heidi Anderson
Jan 06, 2019
My Deepest Condolences to the Family. James was a sweet guy always helping out when he could, and the cutest baby with a big smile on his face. Rest in Peace James and fly high with the Angels.

Heidi and Gary, Steve
Bet Reed
Jan 06, 2019
I worked with James at American Chimney Sweeps and he was one of the truly "good guys". Rest in peace James!
Karen Grenham
Jan 06, 2019
It so sad, James was a wonderful guy I worked with him at American chimney sweeps. He always came in with a smile on his face. He would sit with me and have coffee and we would have great conversations. I going to miss him! Fly with the angles James.
Jan 05, 2019
I am so so sorry for your loss!! I can't even believe this!! He was such a sweetheart, very respectful, considerate & the first to make sure you were doing okay! This truly is so so very sad!
Ellie scarcello
Jan 05, 2019
James was a great person. He was one of the most genuine guy I have ever met. He cared about everyone around him. Fly high James.
Michael Longo
Jan 05, 2019
Iโ€™m so glad I got to spend some time with James over the summer. He was a great guy and a good dad and will be truly missed by many. My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace James and I will see you again some day. God Bless
Jan 05, 2019
Growing up and visiting Gloucester every year I have very fond memories of hanging out with my cousins. James would I would always sneak over and get extra candy from the penny store that my grandmother and his great grandmother would give us $ for lol he was a really good person and I hope heโ€™s in peace nowโ€ฆ Fly high Cousin! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸผLove you and all the family back in Gloucest- I love all of you! ๐Ÿ’”
Nurse Tina ๐Ÿ’œ
Jan 05, 2019
My condolences to the Odum family. Gone too soon!

James was a kind-hearted man, so full of life. He talked about how much he loved his son.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sarah, Leanne, Sam, and the kiddos.

James, may you rest in peace.
Phyllisanne cusenza
Jan 05, 2019
To my CousinJames,Never Goodbye only till we see each other again Rest easy
With all my Love๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
Aunt Dini & Uncle Peter Favazza
Jan 05, 2019
James was a good person and always showed me respect. My heart goes out with deepest sympathy to the family and friends of James with this great loss. I love you James, fly high with the angels.
Megan Goulart
Jan 05, 2019
James was someone who could always share a laugh and brighten the day. So sad to see him pass so soon. โค
Jan 05, 2019
I will never get all the memories I have of James!! He was such a good guy. Never will he be forgotten. So sorry to his family for this loss.