To view Jim's Memorial Service CLICK HERE\n\n \n\nJames S. Piccirillo died suddenly on March 20, 2021 in Oro Valley, Arizona.\n\nJim grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, the youngest of two children born to Hilda Norbito Piccirillo and Serafino "Sam" Piccirillo. He loved electronics and science, and earned his HAM Radio license as a young teenager. He also earned the TRW and Westinghouse awards as a young teen, and attended St. Andrew's Presbyterian College's Science Scholars Program at the age of seventeen.\n\nJim attended the University of Connecticut and University of New Haven, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He loved designing products, and was Lead Inventor on three employment related U.S. Patents. His work brought him to Japan several times and also to Canada, Florida and California frequently. For the last twenty years of his employment, Jim was legally blind, with a Guide Dog by his side. Over the years, his hobbies included fixing cars, HAM Radio/Satellites, coin collecting and high-power rocketry.\n\nHe and his wife, Judy, married in 1999, and were lucky to travel to Italy, Australia and Spain. After traveling to Arizona in the early 1990's, they returned many times to vacation here. They fell in love with the Arizona weather and landscape and were awed by the Saguaros. They moved to Oro Valley in 2018.\n\nAlthough Jim was challenged by health issues, he never lost his caring ways, his desire to keep learning and creating, or his plentiful humor. He helped his wife foster Guide Dog puppies for Freedom Guide Dogs, in order to help others who were visually impaired. Jim enjoyed and took full advantage of the independence that was afforded by three beautiful and intelligent Guide Dogs during the past twenty-one years.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda and Serafino Piccirillo, grandparents, many aunts and uncles, his mother and father-in-law, Jane and Elwin Stannard, and his first Guide Dog, "Ponda".\n\nHe is survived by his wife, Judy Stannard; his retired Guide Dog, "Bina"; current Guide Dog, "Otis"; his sister, Susanne and husband Tom Koshis; niece, Tiffany Phillips and her husband Matthew and their daughter Alexis; and niece, Caroline Copeland and her husband Sean.\n\nHe also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Patricia King and husband William; brother-in-law, James Stannard and wife Arleen; brother-in-law, Tom Stannard; and sister-in-law, Amy Ercolani and partner Al Miller. Nephews and nieces include, Jeffrey King and wife Erin, Joshua King, Erin Grant and husband Eric, Kimber Raymond and husband Steven, Katie O'Brien, Erica Ercolani and wife Nicole, Garrett Ercolani; and great nieces and nephews, Brookelyn, Savannah, Magnolia, Kayden, Aubree and Wesley.\n\nA private outdoor service is planned for March in Oro Valley. A memorial service will be held in Connecticut, once family and friends can gather together safely.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, Jim's family asks that any donations be made in his name to Freedom Guide Dogs, 1210 Hardscrabble Road, Cassville, NY 13318.\n\n \n\n"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die"