James “Jim” Cavalucci, 76, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of McDonald, Pennsylvania, passed away on February 17, 2023, in Leesburg Hospital. Jim was born on October 24, 1946, in Pittsburgh. He was the son of the late Frances “Fran” Marra and James Cavalucci. Jim was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. After his time in the service, he was a draftsman with Orbital Engineering and worked in IT at Aker Technologies. He was a member of the American Legion, ELKS, EAGLES, and the VFW.
There was truly nothing more important to Jim than family. While in Pennsylvania, Jim married his best friend, Wilma Colbert Cavalucci (2006) whom he loved dearly. They were lucky to share 34 wonderful years together. Jim took his vows seriously, especially in sickness and in health. He cared for his late wife as she courageously fought her health battles. Their love story was a perfect example for their two daughters. Jim’s daughters were the lights of his life and filled his life with so much joy. Just as he adored being a husband and father, he was a proud grandfather. Jim loved seeing another generation of his family live life and was so proud of their accomplishments and many achievements. While living in The Villages, Jim met his second wife, Joy, with whom he shared his love for travel, golf, and bocce. If Jim wasn’t on the golf course, he may have been working on his computer, volunteering at The Villages workshop or rooting for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. He loved the life they built in Florida and Michigan, where they spent their summers. He was lucky to have found love twice and be surrounded by so many of his friends. Surviving are his wife Joy Cavalucci; daughters Sherry (Gary) Widenhouse and Kelly (Thomas) Laughlin; grandchildren, Madison Widenhouse, Keaton (Megan) Widenhouse, and Abigail Laughlin; sister Donna Dougherty; and many nieces and nephews; stepchildren Darcy Draft, Denise (Dirk) Stone, Tim (Nicole) Draft; step grandchildren Amelia Walsh, Cameron Stone, and Austin, Tyler and Olivia Draft. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service in Jim’s honor will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. Inurnment will occur at Melrose Cemetery.
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