James G. Allen Jr., 78, formerly of Leicester, Mass., died peacefully with family by his side in his home Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.

He leaves his wife of 54 years, Constance M. “Connie” (Morin) Allen; his children, Christine Allen and her spouse, Raye Dene of Smithfield; Catherine Wailgum and her husband, Andrew, of Hopkinton, Mass., Celeste Conti and her husband, Jonathan, of Foxborough, Mass., and James Allen of San Francisco. He also leaves four grandchildren, Emma Wailgum, Henry Wailgum, Mia Conti and Ella Conti.

His daughter Candace M. (Allen) Scola died in 2002.

He was born in Whitinsville, Mass., a son of Mary (Talbot) and James G. Allen Sr., who both predeceased him. He graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1960. He enlisted in the Army in November 1960 and served until November 1963. He lived in Leicester for many years before moving to Maine 19 years ago.

Mr. Allen was a corrections officer with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services in Worcester for several years until he retired. Previously, he worked for General Motors in Framingham.

Jim loved hunting and fishing and the great outdoors and will be missed by his four dogs, who gave him immense joy.

The funeral was held Thursday, Feb. 25, with a Mass at St. Joseph Church in Holy Family Parish, 35 Hamilton St., Worcester, Mass. Burial with military honors followed in South Sutton Cemetery, Sutton, Mass. Calling hours were held Wednesday Feb. 24, at Dirsa-Morin Funeral Home, 298 Grafton St., Worcester, MA 01604. To leave a condolence, go to Mr. Allen’s online guestbook at worcesterfuneral.com, or it can be mailed in care of the funeral home.