James S. Tomasik, 71
James S. Tomasik, affectionately known by many as “Shad,” 71, of Dartmouth passed away Tuesday, July 9 in Charlton Memorial Hospital after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Adam and Cecelia (Janasiewicz) Tomasik, Jim grew up in Dartmouth and then spent 36 years in Acushnet.
He graduated in 1965 from Dartmouth High School, where he played multiple sports. He was most proud of being part of the 1964 Dartmouth High School undefeated football team which was later inducted into the Hall of Fame.
That same year, he was chosen to be on the All Bristol County football team. A well-rounded athlete, he also broke the school’s javelin throwing record during his first competition. Jim had fond memories of his time at Dartmouth High and helped the Dartmouth Alumni Board for many years organizing class reunions for a community he loved.
After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and served on the USS Randolph CUS-15 as an electronic technician, third class.
Jim later worked as a yard foreman at Whaling City Iron and then as a Mill Operator at Teledyn Rodney Metals for 31 years.
Jim was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #73. He was passionate about his charity work with the Elks Hoop and Soccer Shoot programs. He served as a trustee for many years. The Elks community was his second family, providing him many years of laughter and love.
In the early 70s Jim coached in the Greater New Bedford Little League. He always had a passion for sports and athletics, both playing and watching them. He lived his life with luster and was most happy being in his garden and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Bella.
Jim is survived by two daughters, Erin Tomasik of Dartmouth and Jennifer Arruda of Florida; two grandchildren, Lauren Golda of Dartmouth and Erik Golda of New Bedford; a brother, Paul Tomasik, and his wife, Mary, of New Bedford; his niece, Jennifer Tomasik, her husband, Jason Jagatic, and their children, Julianne and Jane; his niece, Kimberly Nicolai, her husband, Jeffrey, and their children, Scott and Ryan; and his fur baby, Bella.
His funeral will be Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 9 a.m. from the Waring-Sullivan Home at 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, July 12 4-8 p.m. For online tribute/directions, please visit www.waring-sullivan.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim’s name to All Sato Rescue, www.allsatorescue.org, or The Elks Lodge #73, maelks.org, or Massachusetts Elks Scholarship, 63 Bay State Rd., Lynnfield, MA 01940.