James F. Malerba

December 14, 1937 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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James Malerba Obituary

James F. “Jim” Malerba, of Naples, FL, formerly of North Haven, CT was called home to God on Monday, November 27, 2023 after a brief illness. He was born in New Haven, CT on December 14, 1937, to James and Concetta (Raffone) Malerba. Jim was the husband of the late Dorothy DeGross Malerba, brother of Ronald (Mia) Malerba of Hamden, and father of James E. (Lori ) Malerba of Stamford, and Jennifer L. Malerba of Shelton. He was also the proud grandfather of his four beloved grandchildren, Alexa, David, Hannah and James. Jim was a writer and editor in the utility and medical fields for more than 35 years and an adjunct instructor in writing, English composition, religion, and communications at several Connecticut universities for 44 years. He was a 1962 graduate of the University of Bridgeport, with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He subsequently earned Master’s degrees from the University of New Haven in Psychology, and from Yale University in Religion. Jim wrote extensively for the freelance market, publishing dozens of opinion articles in newspapers across the country and wrote feature articles in national magazines, with topics ranging from interviews of noted personalities to humor. Jim published three books on religious topics: “God is Everywhere-Even in Nursery Rhymes!”, “Seeing ‘Flower Petals’ Reveal Themselves Slowly: A Guide to Understanding and Interpreting the Parables of Jesus,” and “God’s Existence Makes Absolutely No Sense-That is Why I Believe”. Jim called himself “an incurable punster” and often shared his plays on words with family and friends (who nonetheless remained so). He was a daily communicant at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and St. Rita Church in Hamden and later at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, where he also facilitated courses on the parables of Jesus and on John’s Gospel. Jim and Dorothy and their children enjoyed vacations in Cape Cod, Disney World and Lake George and enjoyed exploring New England. Jim’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, December 7th from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven. His funeral cortege will depart the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (St. Paul VI Parish), 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN or to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, MA. Jim’s published books are available purchase at



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December 7, 2023

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Washington Memorial Funeral Home
4 Washington Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473

Mass of Christian Burial
December 7, 2023

12:00 PM
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Funeral Home, Whitney Ave, Hamden

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Burial in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven, CT. Telephone: 203 239-2557

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