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James and Gloria Floriani

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Heaven gained two angels. Gloria A. (Ferris) Floriani passed away within three months of losing her beloved husband of 53 years, James (Jamie) A. Floriani. Both died peacefully surrounded by family after a brief illness, Jamie on Sept. 17, 2023 and Gloria on Dec. 23, 2023. 

Jamie was born to Agnes I. (Kearns) Floriani and Louis E. Floriani on April 16, 1947.  He leaves behind his oldest brother Louis E. Floriani Jr. and sister-in-law Diane of North Adams. He also leaves behind his older sister Carole Ann Blair and his brother-in-law Raymond J. Blair also of North Adams.  In addition, he leaves many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gloria was born to Elizabeth M. (Solomon) Ferris and Ferris M. Ferris on January 5, 1949.  She was predeceased by her older sister Martha (Ferris) Perry and her husband Lauren "Butch" Perry of Priest River, Idaho. Gloria leaves behind her older brother Marshall Ferris of Lakeville, Minnesota, older sister Faith (Ferris) Barcome and her husband John Barcome of Wilbraham, and younger sister Anne (Ferris) Molloy and her husband William "Bill" Molloy of North Adams. In addition, she leaves many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jamie proudly graduated from Drury High School and attended Berkshire Community College. He worked at Sprague Electric Co. for 30 years until the company moved from North Adams. He then decided his second career would be helping others.

Gloria graduated from St. Joseph's High School and attended Mildred Elley Business School. She first worked at Aiken Chemical until they closed.  She was then employed by General Cable for many years until the company moved from Berkshires. She went on to work for McClelland's Hallmark, Patten Realty, and finally finished her career in medical billing before she retired.

The couple, lived in North Adams until a recent move to Williamstown.  Jamie and Gloria were amazing parents and grandparents. They loved their children and grandchildren very much. Gloria was unique and funny, she was strong-willed, and a bit stubborn, however, always stayed true to herself and her beliefs. Jamie was kind and genuine, he was profoundly religious, and showed compassion and empathy. Together they complimented each other and made the perfect couple. Their hospitality reached an array of folks and most likely included homemade pizza. They were always together, so it was no surprise they passed so close to one another. Their bond was unbreakable.

They are survived by their daughter, Tara Floriani and her husband, Dana Quartey of Worcester, and his son Andrew "AJ" Floriani and his wife Shellie who live in Coventry, Vermont. Jamie and Gloria had seven grandchildren, Desmond, Damori, Corrinne, Cole, Eli, Emilia, and Enzo.

There will be visitation held for both from 9a – 10a at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams, Massachusetts followed by a funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Immediately following the Mass, a Celebration of Life will be announced at the church. All are welcome to attend.  In lieu of flowers, please donate in Jamie and Gloria's memory to PopCares, PO Box 482, Williamstown, MA  01267.  

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Jamie was godfather to my son Michael. He was also my good friend. He will be missed.
from: Ernest Desantyon: 04-08-2024

There are people in your lives that just become family...and Jamie and Gloria over 40 years are part of mine. When my dad died 30 years was Jamie and Gloria that were always calling me, checking on me, I would stop by and check on them. Jamie never missed a house renovation I did..always coming to see the work being done. We shared lots of good times on 44 Cady Street...they will be missed.
from: Michael Zeppierion: 04-08-2024

Thank you all for the kind words. I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments so far. I know they would have too.

Please know that Pops Care is in memory of both Jamie and Gloria.
from: Tara Florianion: 04-07-2024

Tara, AJ, Anne and family, Our sincere condolences to all of you. Jamie and Gloria had memorable personalities. They had endless love and pride for their children and family. So sorry for your loss.
from: Linda and Jim Freeneyon: 04-06-2024

I lived a couple of houses away from the M. Ferris and son clan and knew the whole crew. Marshall was one of my best friends .Boy she sure looks like her Mom
Both families --top drawer
from: chip farleyon: 04-05-2024

My sincere condolences to the family of Gloria and Jamie. I knew Gloria and Jamie best from the time I worked with Gloria at General Cable from around 1981-1984. I also worked at Sprague from 1977-1981 and I know Jamie worked with some of my relatives, and half of North Adams no doubt. I smiled when I read the obit, especially the part that described their personalities. Thank you for sharing some of their life stories with us. Rest in peace you two.
from: Anne Gueston: 04-05-2024

To Jamie and Gloria’s family, Unfortunately when I met this extraordinary couple they were both having medical issues and I visited them weekly to fill their medications. They were so welcoming and friendly. Always kind and lighthearted. It was my pleasure to have met them. May they rest in peace. With sincere gratitude for having spent time with them.
Marie Evans
from: Marie Evanson: 04-04-2024

Two of the kindest people I had the pleasure of knowing .Their love for each other was evident. You never saw one without the other. What a beautiful love story. They cherished their children always talking of there accomplishments and how proud they were of them. May they continue their love story in heaven. God rest their souls.
from: Karen Cookon: 04-04-2024

Ann and family. Tom and I are saddened to hear the news of Gloria and Jaime. She was full of life and he always had time to talk with a smile. I’m sure they will be missed
from: Sue Bleauon: 04-04-2024

I met James when I attended Drury High School. He was always very kind and lent an ear on those bad/good days. He would tell me stories on how he helped other students and still to this day I remember them all. His kindness and compassion for everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him will live on. Miss you . Thank you for those little life lessons
from: GISSELLE M. PINKSTONon: 04-04-2024

They were both wonderful people and loved each other so much I worked with Jaime years ago he was such a wonderful person very sad condolences to everyone
from: Diane Oneilon: 04-03-2024

I worked with Jamie at Drury. He was a great guy and always supportive in a variety of ways.
from: Don Pecoron: 04-03-2024

I met Jamie at Drury High School and met Gloria after. They are the sweetest couple, so kind, so thoughtful, so caring! Jamie's kind ways guided many a troubled soul at Drury. I miss my dear friend!
from: Jean Kingon: 04-03-2024

Anne Marie, Bill and family: We are sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. May she and Jamie rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
from: Thom and Maryon: 04-03-2024

Gloria and Jamie were two of the nicest people I've ever met. I met Jamie when he worked at Drury and then I got to know Gloria. Their family meant everything to them .
from: Pam Kidderon: 04-02-2024

Jamie and Gloria will be missed by the Hassenpflug family. My brother Bill was closest in age to Jamie and unfortunately is not in good enough shape to attend; he has expressed his sorrow. Personally we will always remember his humility and good humor
from: Bryan & Lorie Hassenpflugon: 04-02-2024

What AMAZING people they were! My condolences go out to the family in this tie of need. God Bless all.
from: Tom Ostranderon: 04-02-2024

Anne and family, I’m so very sad for your loss and keeping you in my prayers and the days to come.
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 04-02-2024

I knew Jamie and Gloria through General Cable. They were very kind and thoughtful. My condolences to the family.
from: Gerry hydeon: 04-02-2024

Two of the kindest, gentlest, most caring people I have ever met! They were my Godparents, and they were amazing!!!!!! I have a lot of great memories of our families together. And I am so glad that they went together, the way they always were!!! Love the hell out of you guys. Love always and forever!!! Your God daughter!!!!!
from: Colleen McDonaldon: 04-02-2024

We loved Gloria and Jamie with all our hearts and soul. Our condolences to Tara, AJ and the whole family
from: Cheryl and Franon: 04-02-2024

I worked on and off with Jamie at Drury High School for a few years. Jamie was a great guy, very kind and genuinely cared about every student he came in contact with. He and Gloria will be missed by many. Rest in peace.
from: Connie Yorkeon: 04-02-2024

Absolutely incredible people. I am glad to have known them.
from: Ann Bulletton: 04-02-2024

Dear Anne: So very sorry for your to all family...prayers...Mary Ellen Morrissey
from: MaryEllen Morrisseyon: 04-02-2024

Cole, Corrinne, Eli and Enzo, I am saddened to learn of the passing of your grandparents.
I never knew they lived in North Adams; I grew up in Adams. I hope all the memories of happy times spent with them bring you comfort at this sad time. Mrs. B (your “favorite” sub at CVS)
from: Deborah Breweron: 04-02-2024