Published in Flint Journal from December 17 to December 20, 2012
age 88, died Monday, December 17, 2012 at his residence. Funeral Mass
will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2012 at Holy Family
Catholic Church, 11804 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, Father Jonathan
Burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and 12-8 p.m. Thursday at the Swartz Funeral
Home, 1225 West Hill Road. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday
at the funeral home. Mr. Massar will be at the church from 10 a.m. Friday
until the time of the Funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greater Flint Area Baseball
and Softball Association.
James was born Flint, Michigan on September 14, 1924 and was a resident
of the Flint area all of his life. He graduated from Flint Central High
School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII.
He played Minor League Baseball for (5) years in Brooklyn Dodger Organization.
He officiated High School Basketball for 43 years; Football for 27 years
and worked State Finals 1954-55. James received the "Vern L. Norris
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Officiating"-MHSAA,
April 1995. He served as Clinician/Interpreter of Basketball Rules, various
Associations and Leagues. Jim was instrumental in creating "Code
of Ethics" for Coaches and Officials-Genesee County. He was a recipient
of the first "Jim Massar Service Award" from Genesee County
and Officials Association.
Mr. Massar worked 35 years at AC Spark Plug. He was Past President and
a Board of Director member of the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame
for more than 28 years. The GFASHOF Team Room at Genesys was renamed in
2011, "Jim Massar Team Room". He was inducted into the Greater
Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame 2012.
Surviving are four daughters, Debra (John) Goyette, Dianne (Tom) Kudza,
Denise (Dale) Keipert and Darlene (Bob) Gaydos; longtime companion, Jane
Workman; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Schifano
and Anna Turgeon; 2 sisters-in-law, Joan Petrill and Josephine Massar.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43
years, Shirley (Petrill), parents, Arcangel and Emmanuel, brother, Steve
brothers-in-law, Jack Schifano and Leroy Turgeon.