July 12, 2024

James J. Dias


James J. Dias, age 16, passed away on Saturday June 22nd, 2024 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Providence, RI, James was the son of Nelson and Rebecca (Perry) Dias. He grew up in Rehoboth, MA and attended high school at Bishop Feehan in nearby Attleboro.

Anyone who was fortunate enough to meet James knew him as a kind and gentle soul with a beautiful smile. Although taken from this earth too soon, the love and joy he brought into the world made a huge impact on all those he encountered, and he approached all things, including his illness, with grace and fearlessness. He set an example for everyone around him by maintaining a positive outlook on life through even the worst of circumstances. Full of courage and optimism, James was a patient, thoughtful, and caring person.

James was an accomplished athlete, enjoying and excelling in baseball and soccer. He was a bright student and had a passion for technology. Beyond an interest in gaming, James devoted himself to learning how to build two gaming computers, the second of which was his final project and accomplishment completed during the last week of his life. Most of all, James loved his family and friends deeply, and cherished their love and support.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his beloved sister, Juliana Dias of Rehoboth, grandparents Luis and Maria Luisa (Cordeiro) Dias of Fall River, Ann (Sousa) Perry and Mike Rosa of Barrington, Anthony and Susan (Browder) Perry of Florida, great-grandmother Gloria Sousa of Florida, uncles Alex (and Stephanie) Dias of Swansea and Jeff Perry (and Elizabeth DiMaio) of Johnston, and many other loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were in the care of Manuel Rogers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Tomorrow Fund in James' name.

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