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James Callan
  • August 12, 1964
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  • July 28, 2021

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JAMES ANDREW CALLAN

James Andrew Callan (56) passed away on July 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.  Jim lived life well with faith, family and friends. A native Floridian, he was born in Orlando, Florida, was a student at St. Mary Magdalen School, a graduate of Lyman High School (1982) and Rollins College (1986), and a proud member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity with many life-long friends. Jim was married to Carmen W. Colon, his loving wife of 21 years whom he cherished. Professionally Jim worked in many fields. However, with his love of food and entertaining he gravitated to catering and worked for Arthur’s Catering for many years.  A favorite life experience combined his love of aviation and catering at the Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin.  Jim enjoyed hiking, golfing, and most of all laughing. Jim surprised many with an unexpected phone call or a letter.  He was quick to help his family and those in need. Jim was a deeply faithful man, who lived and shared God’s word.  

He is predeceased by his parents, Francis and Valerie Callan, and brother Edward J. Callan, MD.  He is survived by his spouse Carmen W. Colon, his twin-sister, Meg, sisters Lori, Monica and Ann, brothers Tom and Dan (Julie), his father-in-law Domingo Colon (Chefin), mother-in-law Elsa Vazquez, brothers-in-law Diego (Ednamarie), Javier (Yari) and Luis, and sisters-in-law Gloricela and Anne, nieces and nephew, Delaney, Claire, Paige, Matthew, Valerie, Crystal, and little Valerie. Jim is survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins in Texas, Connecticut and points beyond.

A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday August 21, 2021 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 and via livestream at https://boxcast.tv/view/funeral-mass-for-james-callan-gwv6mbypzmi8zcqw8qaj reception at 12 pm at Dubsdread Ballroom, 549 West Par Street, Orlando, FL 32804. Family requests only those who have been vaccinated attend and please wear masks.    

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Kids Beating Cancer  https://kidsbeatingcancer.com), your favorite charity or plant a tree in his memory.


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  1. Andy Diodati says:
    18 Aug 2021
    James Andrew, you were one of the best guys I’ve ever known. A true brother, a true friend, a true encourager, a true example. ‘til we meet again, YITB, Dio #360.

    To Wally and all Jim’s siblings, I know YOU know he was a treasure, and he absolutely treasured all of you. Maybe you all be attuned to God’s comfort and the joy that Jim is sending from his new home.

  2. Julie L Callan says:
    18 Aug 2021
    Jim was my husband's best friend his whole life. More than that, he was his person. Always sneaking off for hijinks and shenanigans, wherever they went hilarity followed. Jim knew life was too short not to enjoy it as much as possible.. Thank you for all love and laughter you shared with Dan and our family.

  3. Julie L Callan posted an image:
    18 Aug 2021
    Jim, his brother Dan and sister Monica waiting around before Tom's wedding.
    Jim, his brother Dan and sister Monica waiting around before Tom's wedding.

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