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In Memoriam ~ James Piché

James Piché  ’84
Brother of John, Joe ’82, Mary ’85, and Gloria ’89  

James “Jimmy” Piché, age 57, surrounded by family, passed away on August 17, 2022 following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Minneapolis to Jack and Joanne Piché, smack dab in the middle of 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

He grew up in Mound but spent several of his early years on the family hobby farm in Cokato where he was in charge of caring for the chickens. Not a big fan of the farm, Jimmy preferred the high school life at St. John’s Prep in Collegeville playing football, hockey and basically anything else that was social or seemed exciting. Post high school, he extended the fun working summers at Rutger’s on Bay Lake, bartending, and driving with his buddy to Alaska.  

Jimmy loved people and was loved right back. Whether you knew Jimmy for a short time or a lifetime, you loved him. He was charismatic, fun loving, spontaneous and everyone’s favorite uncle. A wonderful story-teller, he relished the opportunity to tell a joke, proclaim a heroic moment from a hockey game or hunting trip, or share the latest, greatest news about his daughter, Sage. Family meant the world to him with Sage up at the top. He looked forward to and planned out every moment they got to be together. Nothing made him happier or more proud.   While a room full of family or friends brought Jimmy joy, he also delighted in the great outdoors, hunting pheasants and ducks with his dog, Duffy, and family, or going on a Canadian fishing trip with “the boys.”

Jimmy lived in Alaska and Washington State, toured all around the USA while driving truck over the road and resided the last few years in Duluth as a Territory Manager for Herc-U-Lift Inc.  

Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Sage, father, Jack, brothers, John, Joe (Darcy), sisters, Mary (Shawn), Gloria (David), nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was reunited in heaven with his mom, Joanne. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on September 9th at 3:00 p.m., Visitation at 2:00 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake, 2385 Commerce Blvd, Mound. Reception to follow at the Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd, Mound.