NEW BERN — Mr. James Arthur Regan, 52, passed away, surrounded by the love of his family, on Thursday, February 21, 2013. He was taken too early, after a brief, but courageous, battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jim was always full of life, and loved by many for his wit, caring, short temper, unique personality, and ability to bring a smile to your face with his antics. He affected the lives of so many in his short time here on earth. He was born March 30, 1960, in Bay Shore, N.Y. to parents Ruth Anne Howe Regan and Harold John Regan, who preceded him in death. He was preceded in death by his wife Melanie Mead Regan in 2002, and best canine bud "Lucky" last year.
The family will receive friends Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in Havelock, N.C., followed by funeral Mass with Father Gregory Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Oaks Memorial Park. Reception will follow with food, drinks, music and memories. Open for all who loved him. Details available at time of service. Those wishing to offer words of hope, photos, and memories may go to www.pollockbest.com.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Kara A. Regan and husband, Thomas Lawrence, of Saint Louis, Mo.; his son, James "J.J." Regan, and wife Marcy Beth, of Havelock, N.C.; granddaughter Tyler Anne Lawrence, and canine companion "Lucy-Lu." He is expecting two more grandchildren in 2013. As the youngest of four children, Jim is also survived by Maureen DaBiero, and husband Sal, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Patricia Sparks, and husband Larry, of Havelock, N.C.; and Kim Bryant, and husband Curtis, of Suffolk, Va. He is well remembered by many nieces, nephews, grand-niece/nephews, in-laws, and close friends.
He graduated the Physician Assistant program at Wake Forest University in 1993 and has been a practicing Family Medicine/Urgent Care/Emergency Medicine PA in Eastern North Carolina for 20 years. He loved the medical field. He loved to teach and learn. He loved his patients and helping any in need. He most enjoyed the outdoors, boating, fishing, exploring, mining, treasure hunting, causing mischief, snow skiing, wonders of the world and universe, and ancient aliens.
He will be greatly missed and he was loved by so many!!
Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations is entrusted with the Regan Family.