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RYE, NH: James L. Koloshey, 73, of Rye, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 14, 2016, in the arms of his beloved wife, Valerie.

Jim was born in Haverhill, April 23, 1942, the son of the late Joseph J. and Mary (Zmuda) Koloshey.

He was raised in Haverhill and was a 1960 graduate of Haverhill High. It was at Haverhill High where he met and fell in love with Valerie Capodelupo. Jim and Valerie were married in 1963 while Jim was attending Merrimack College. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business, the couple settled in Atkinson and he went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Business from Northeastern University. Jim worked as an auditor at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before relocating to Washington, D.C. where he spent over 28 years with the Department of Defense. He retired in 1997 as a Program Director for the Inspector General’s Office where he directed hundreds of audits of various defense entities with a focus on fraud, waste and abuse and specializing in the intelligence and nuclear weapons programs.

Upon his retirement, Jim and Valerie built their dream home on Lake Mooselookmeguntic, near Rangeley, Maine, where they lived for a number of years before returning to the NH Seacoast in the early 2000s. Jim loved to hunt and fish and was an active member of the Chester Rod & Gun Club. He and Valerie were also members of the Portsmouth Elks. He was an avid history enthusiast with an emphasis on the Civil War period.

Above all else, Jim loved his family and time spent with family was the most important part of his life. One of his most recent and proudest moments was when he walked his granddaughter, Katherine, down the aisle at her wedding. Jim was also a lover of animals and was fortunate to always have a devoted dog by his side.

Jim is survived by Valerie, his wife and best friend for over 58 years, his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Suddeth of Chambersburg, Pa. and his son, John M. Koloshey and his wife, Lisa of Asheville, N.C. He also leaves his granddaughter, Katherine V. Stone and her husband, Matthew of Chambersburg, Pa.; his step-grandchildren, Robin Carnahan and her husband, Casey of Pittsburg, Pa. and Jon Farabee and his wife, Sabrina of Chicago, Ill. and his devoted German Drahthaar puppy, Greta.

Visitation and Mass were held last week and burial was in the Central Cemetery, Rye. Arrangements were by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home – Crematory, Hampton. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Jim’s memorial website and to sign his tribute wall.
Published on  March 24, 2016
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