James "Big Jim" Horan

James "Big Jim" Horan died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday March 4, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lineberger. Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Patrick J. and Ellen M. (Killoran) Horan. Jim's baseball career at Cranston East High School is unmatched. Southpaw "Big Jim" Horan led the state as an undefeated pitcher in 1954. That same year, he also led the state as a hitter with a .450 batting average. Jim earned All-Star, All-Scholastic, and All-State titles. He was subsequently drafted by major league baseball teams and dominated during tryouts at Fenway Park, where he pitched strike after strike and hit for distance over the Green Monster. After graduating from Boston University, he began his career as a social worker for the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. He moved on to become a case manager at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections Adult Correctional Institute. He then worked as an exit counselor at the Rhode Island Institute of Mental Health until his retirement. He was also a self-employed house painter and jack-of-all-trades. Besides his wife Mary, he leaves his son David Lineberger and David's life partner Jennifer Blouin of Pawtucket, grandson Zavier Lineberger of Providence, beloved nieces Joan Fisher and her husband Daniel of Ft. Wayne, IN, Mary Ellen Horan and Catherine Horan both of Reading, MA, as well as his grandnieces and grandnephews Alex, Andrew, and Matthew Fisher, Rebecca, and Sarah Crowley, Thomas, Joshua, and Madeleine Gray. He also leaves many other cherished relatives and treasured friends. He will be remembered for his gregarious personality, exuberant laughter, animated storytelling, and his warm, loving devotion to family. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 12:00 noon in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery Cranston. Visitation will be held on Friday morning prior to the Service beginning at 10:00am

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Jeff Toste - 03/07/2017

Truly sorry for your loss.

Suzy Kaplan - 03/07/2017

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on the ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
by Elizabeth Frye

I am so sorry for the loss of "Big Jim" My heart is with you.

Philip mangione - 03/08/2017

He was my best friend throughout our college years and has remained a life long friend til the day he passed...You will be missed every day my friend and may you now rest in piece.

The Hannon Family - 03/08/2017

We remember many great visits to Cranston and much fun with the Horans and Killorans . God speed

Cherie Richer (cousin) - 03/09/2017

A sweet picture, a sweet man, and a sweet life, happy we could be a small part of it.... Rest in Peace and God Speed Jim

Michael Gray - 03/09/2017

Rest In Peace Big Jim.



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