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James Horbal, 52

ADAMS, Mass. — James Paul Horbal, "Hoss" age 52, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on April 4, 2024. He was born in Adams, Massachusetts, on May 18, 1971.

Jim was a devoted family man who cherished spending time with his wife, Debra, and his two sons, James and Luke. He was known for his love of traveling, fishing, hunting, and supporting his sons at their sporting events. Jim will be remembered for his laughter, love of country, and endless shenanigans. His passion for New England sports never wavered, no matter where he lived. He also mentored young men in football and served as an assistant coach for many teams. Jim excelled in all sports he played throughout his life.

Jim attended C.H. McCann Technical High School, class of 1989 and Western New England College graduate in 1993.

In his career, Jim served as a Deputy Sheriff in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He served overseas in many locations around the globe in support of the United States Government as well as the United Nations. For the last decade, he worked as a training officer with the DOD.

A ceremony to honor Hoss was held at Nelson Funeral Home on April 13, 2024.

Jim is survived by his wife, Debra Perry Horbal; sons, James P. and Luke E. Horbal; father, Paul J. Horbal; mother, Elaine M. "King" Horbal; sister, Lisa A. Landry (Chris); niece, Danielle H. Langlois (Andrew); niece, Taylor E. Whitmarsh; aunt, Brenda A. Boutin (Jef); uncle, Peter D. Horbal (Charlene); and uncle, Alan D. Horbal, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest & Thelma King, Peter & Doris Horbal, and great grandmother, Mildred Cone.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an organization that was very special to him.

Jim "Hoss" will be deeply missed by all who knew him, and his memory will live on in the hearts of those he touched. He was a larger than life person and his absence will be felt forever.

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Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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Pete & Family, I am so sorry to see that your Son Passed away. My condolences to you all. May our Lord give you comfort in this time of life. God be with and bless you all.
from: Richard Lavigneon: 05-12-2024

Dear Elaine, Paul and Lisa, I was sadden to read Jim’s obit and so sorry for your loss. I remember when he was born and baby sitting a few times! May peace be with you.
Bonnie Leary Seekell
from: on: 05-10-2024

Dear Elaine, Paul, Lisa, Debra, James and Luke, I would like to extend my condolences for the loss of Jim. I always enjoyed babysitting for Jim and Lisa as well as seeing him around the house when I delivered The Transcript years ago. I could also see him being a wonderful husband and father. Surely the heavens have gained another shining star!
from: Colleen Shaw Amidonon: 05-10-2024

While working in Bldg. 33, I remember you (Elaine) getting calls about who was going in the pool, when you or Paul was not at home. Think it was Jim and Lisa was calling. So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of Family and sending prayers.
from: Sharon Williamson: 05-09-2024

So sorry for your loss Lisa. Condolences to you and your family.
Donna (Halton) Palma
from: Donna Palmaon: 05-09-2024

I went to school with a Jim Doyle Horbal who left us way too soon. Good family all around.
from: chip farleyon: 05-08-2024

I worked as a counselor at McCann Technical School while Jim (Hoss) was in attendance. I admired his peer leadership, intellectual, and sports skills. Most of all I valued his insights beyond his years re relationships, responsibilities and the human condition. I am deeply sad to learn of his death ; I extend my prayers to and for his loved ones. It was a blessing to meet and know him on his life path.
from: Marilyn (Grande) Wilsonon: 05-08-2024

Our sympathy to your entire family. It was such heart- breaking news to lose such a smart, intelligent, kind, and generous young man. We will always remember him as a man who loved spending time with his family and we were fortunate to have had the chance to meet them. God Bless You Jim. May you rest in peace.
from: Judy & Jim Robertson: 05-07-2024

With heartfelt sympathy to the family of James Horbal. RIP James.
Gwen & Woody Boillat
from: on: 05-07-2024

Sincere heartfelt condolences to everyone! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Jim! <3
from: Kris Ziebaon: 05-06-2024