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James passed away on June 30, 2017, at the Kaplan House in Danvers, Mass. He was born in Gloucester to John J. and M. Shirley (Lunderkin) Ketchopulos of Rockport.
He was educated in the Rockport schools and graduated from the Rockport High School, Class of 1958. He attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy and graduated from Newman Prepatory in Boston. He served in the Army Reserves for six years. He successfully owned and operated Performance Excavation in Gloucester for 30 years.
Jim had a love for the outdoors. His hobbies included gardening and was very proud of what it produced. He tied his own flies for his trout fishing trips in the deep woods of Maine or motoring around Gloucester Harbor. He always threw his catch back. He took pride in his wood working. He made several canoes and enjoyed carving ducks out of blocks of wood to name a few.
He had a very strong work ethic and a respect for others that he passed on to his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Elaine (Bradley) Ketchopuos; his two sons, Christopher (fiancee, Lori Sewall) and Derek Ketchopulos; a daughter, Maria Thornton Dufour; and four grandchildren, all of Gloucester. He is also survived by his sister, Judith Brosnan and his brother, John "Jack" Ketchopulos (Debra) of Rockport. He leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; son, Gary Thornton; and his nephew, Ross A. Ketchopulos.
His request to become a donor to the Anatomical Gift Program, at Tuft's University School of Medicine, was his wish with the hope of improving or saving someone's life.
There will be a Celebration of Life, at a later date.
Donations in his name, may be made out to The Kaplan House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.
Published on  July 8, 2017
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