James "Jimmy" McGovern


James “Jimmy” McGovern of White Plains, (formerly of Warwick, NY) passed away after a brief illness on March 12, 2021. He was 47 years old.

Born in Bronx, NY on May 19, 1973, he was the son of James R. and Mary Ellen (Cossu) McGovern.

James was a graduate of Burke Catholic High School and Empire State College. He worked as an electrician with IBEW Local 3 in NYC and contributed to the rebuilding of Ground Zero after 9/11.

Jimmy was an avid fisherman. He was a true New Yorker and loved the Giants and the Yankees. A family statement reads, “Jimmy was simply the best. His kindness and compassion will outlive all of us.”

James is survived by his parents, James R. and Mary Ellen McGovern of Warwick; brother, Matthew McGovern of Queens; sister, Meaghan McGovern-Kennedy and her husband Robert Kennedy of Warwick; and nephews Bo and Finn Kennedy. He was also loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins, and many, many friends.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 16 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. and 7 to 9:00 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17 at St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick, followed by interment in Warwick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jimmy’s memory to Heroes in Deed, P.O. Box 324, Warwick, NY or online at www.heroesindeed.org

To view the Funeral Mass live online, click this link at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday:

McGovern, James - Funeral

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Dear Mary Ellen, Jim and Family, Jimmy always made me laugh growing up and I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I’ve told my kids so many funny stories about Jimmy and Danny torturing me when I was put “in charge” of them when we were kids! He is alive in my memories and in my heart. I am thinking of you during this time.
Lauren Daley
Mary Ellen , Jim & Family please accept our deepest sympathy. May the many fond memories you all have shared with Jimmy bring comfort during this difficult time. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Kathy & Joe Kelly
Kathy Kelly
I have many fond memories from childhood of Jimmy. All of my love to the entire McGovern family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Erin Sullivan
Dear Mary Ellen Jim and family, Our hearts are with you at this sad time. There are not enough words to express our deep sympathy in the loss of your dear Jimmy. He was so kind and funny little boy and became a truly special man . With much sadness and love, Linda and Lute and family
Linda and Lute Disy
Jim was amazing. Kind, and caring, always keeping it positive and adding humor and light wherever he was. My heart goes out to all who knew Jim and miss him as I do. May his soul rest in peace.
Jeanie Fay
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