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James Harold of Medford, MA passed into eternity on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at the age of 79.   

Jim was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend.

He was the devoted husband of 31 years to Mary Ann Harold (Frisoli). He was born in 1943 in Boston and was the son of the late James and Helen Harold. Surviving family members include his siblings Stephen Harold and wife Pat and Geradine Sharkey and husband Bill.   Loving father of Jeffrey Harold, Courtney Harold and Fawn Conklin.  Stepfather of Melissa Zizza and husband Steven, Christopher Morganti, Eric Morganti and wife Veronica and David Morganti and wife Alexandra.   James especially loved his grandchildren Sadie, Baylor, Hunter, Regan, Olivia, Katie, Christopher, Kevin, Michael, Patrick and Gianna.  

Jim owned The Rathskeller where he spent many years as part of the Boston music scene.  Jim loved spending time with his family and friends, his boat and music.  Jim had a sense of adventure and strength that will be remembered by all those whose lives he touched.

Visiting Hours at the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, on Sunday August 7, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 325 Cambridge Street, in Cambridge MA on Monday August 8, 2022, at 10:00 am.

The family thanks all who have prayed for Jim.  

Comments   
# Richard Guiney 2022-08-02 15:54
Jim loved his family and friends the most. He enjoyed our trips to Vegas . He was my best friendI for over 50 years and I will miss him and he will always be in my heart.
# Alexandra Morganti 2022-08-02 16:25
Rest In Peace Grandpa Jim. You will greatly missed by all of us. Never a dull moment when you were around and you always made everyone feel welcomed without judgement. I am truly grateful for having you become part of my family and my children to have such a wonderful grandfather who always showed how much you care. Although we are saddened that you are no longer with us, we rejoice knowing you have no more pain and will be resting with the Lord. We will try keep your spirit with us at all of our future family gatherings.
# John 2022-08-02 16:28
Rest in Peace Jimmy.
# James Ryan 2022-08-02 17:08
He gave me a "home"!
# Ralph Fatello 2022-08-02 17:23
Jim,
You gave me and my band a shot at working our way towards the coveted weekend slot. By 1978 we became regulars at The RAT. Truth is, we all loved the Rat. We ended up being headliners on the weekend, and you gave us the first night of the Police show. October 26th, 1978. You and I used to crack up by how many people claimed they were there that night. When Mitch passed, you put together that wonderful memorial show. You had a big heart brother. One of the last times I saw you. I told you “I loved you.” And you turned around without any hesitation and said, “I love you too Ralph.”
You were the best Jim Harold.
Give Mitch a hug from me.
I won’t forget you, and what you did for not only my band, but all the local bands.
It was an honor and a privilege to play the RAT.
My most sincere condolences to your family.
With love and respect.
Ralph Fatello
THE VINNY BAND
# Jim Melanson 2022-08-02 18:41
Rest In Power! You gave all of us a place to plant our feet and spread our wings.

Peace be with your family
# Lorraine Butler 2022-08-03 00:54
He is at peace now
# Julie & Ken Durbin 2022-08-03 10:25
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers to you for peace and comfort.
Julie & Ken Durbin
# Steven Cataldo 2022-08-03 20:18
Jim and I were great friends. Always and Forever. I will miss him dearly.
# Paul IANTOSA 2022-08-03 20:51
Jimmy was a generous and fun guy. I have nothing but wonderful memories of him .
Very happy guy .
# Joe Dattoli 2022-08-04 08:41
Rest In Peace Jim:
Thank you for everything that you did for our band in the early 70's. Playing the Rat was an honor and Jim Harold you are a legend in the Boston music scene. My sincerest condolences to your family.
Joe Dattoli
# Roberta Sclafani 2022-08-04 12:22
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Jim. By creating opportunities for countless musicians across generations his impact will never be forgotten. You and your family are in our prayers.
Roberta and Joey (from Frank's office)
# Cheryl Eagan-Donovan 2022-08-04 15:42
Sending our deepest condolences to Jim's family and many friends. He was a true pioneer, taking a chance on unknown bands in the 1970s including the Frantics and the Real Kids. The rest is history: he start a revolution in music. He will be missed in clubland!
# Rob Skeen 2022-08-04 18:56
My love and respect for Jim only grew. I met my wife at his club. He gave so much. May his family know he was truly loved.
# Joseph Harold 2022-08-05 18:32
I am so sad to hear about Jim's passing. He is an incredible human being and will be deeply missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences.

Joe and Katie Harold
# Jeanie Catz 2022-08-06 12:06
It's so hard to put into words how much I'll miss you. Thank you so much for telling me to quit Uno's and work for you. Thank you for all the memories and friendship throughout the years. I love you very much
# Donna Iannaccone 2022-08-06 14:42
I am so sorry Mary Ann, you are in my prayers.
With Sympathy,
Donna Iannaccone
# Kathleen Iannaccone 2022-08-06 14:46
Mary Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. My mother Arlene Iannaccone, my sister Sallyann Iannaccone also send their sympathy.
Please know that you are in our prayers.
With sympathy,
Kathleen Iannaccone
# Joe F 2022-08-07 07:43
RIP - Jimmy, Great Guy. He gave me and friends jobs at the" Rathskeller. The job didn't pay much, but we had a great experience. God Bless.
# Sharon Deyeso 2022-08-07 12:45
You were loved by Maryann
and a hard worker. Glad I met you at
my yard party. Be at peace. SD
# Sharon Deyeso 2022-08-07 12:48
You had a dynamic life and were hard working .. You were very lloed by Maryann. Glad I met you at my yard party..
# tim jackson 2022-08-07 19:14
So many stories and memories from having performed at the Rat with many different acts through the years. But decades later Jim became a friend apart from the noisy world of rock and roll after I put him on film - and so glad I did. Then I was to help raise a crew for his Fundraising Rat Suite CD and DVD. Then the boat trips. Boy, he loved to hear and tell tales and to live the good life.
He was adored by his friends, family, and cohorts. After 42 years of friendship, I wonder where did the time go? Jimmy leaves a legacy of a life uncompromised and well-lived. It is an inspiration for us all to follow our instincts, hold our friends close, and keep our dreams alive.
Well played, sir.
You are greatly missed.
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