James Fiore LaVelle, 73, of Port Charlotte, FL, formally of East Haven passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 with his family by his side after a lengthy illness.  James was born in New Haven on March 15, 1945 and was the son of the late Fiore James LaVelle and Mary Edna Langley LaVelle.  He is survived by his daughters Joy (David) Grant, grandson Ty James of Port Charlotte, FL, and Nicole (Dennis) Corriveau, grandson Matthew James and granddaughter Avery Reese of East Haven and a sister Rose Marie (Martin) Higgins of East Hampton, CT.  Also survived by Rose Shea of Bridgeport.  James served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Vietnam era.  He was a truck driver for CF Freight for over twenty years and a member of the Teamsters Union Local #443. 

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Thursday morning at 9:30.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church at 10:00.  Interment will full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery.  The visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN  38101-9929