James L. Driscoll, 78, passed away June 4, 2011. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Driscoll; children, Paula (James) Loseke of Pueblo, Becky (Mike) Cafasso of Pueblo and Andy (Renee) Driscoll of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Josh (Simone) Cafasso, Meghann Loseke, Jake Driscoll, Heather (Brian) Inglis, Dana Driscoll, Barry Loseke, Sabret and Gitana Cafasso; numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. Also survived by his dog, Doozie. Preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Violet Driscoll and brother, Donald Driscoll. Jim was born in Pueblo on June 14, 1932. He attended St. Leander's Catholic School and Centennial High School. He was a veteran of the US Navy and was stationed at Barbers Point in Honolulu, Hawaii, during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, Jim graduated from Pueblo Junior College, Colorado State Hospital Medical Technology Program and completed his BS and MS degrees at Western State College. While working on a national science project at Western State College, he contracted polio. He returned to Pueblo and was the Chief Medical Technologist at St. Mary Corwin Hospital for eight years, taught two years at Sisters of Charity Postulance Program and taught biology for 22 years at Central High School. He inspired countless students to go into the medical professions. Jim enjoyed the outdoors and his greatest daily joy was visiting with friends in his morning coffee club. Jim was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, teacher and friend, and will be greatly missed. Many thanks to Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Belmont Senior Care for their loving care and support. Special thank you for the guidance and expertise from the staff of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Msgr. Tom Adrians officiating, concluding with military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team. The family will greet in the funeral home banquet hall following the services. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or Alzheimer's Association through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Jim was a blessing to many,his influence so infinite! His candy bars motivated students to success! His military films were legendary! The respect for him at Central went beyond classroom walls. He was respected and admired for his love and dedication to his family. He epitomized a real man: one who loved his wife, raised his children “right” and led by wisdom and example. Jim gave students the gift of realizing they could accomplish, that the only limits they might face are those they allow themselves to create. His warmth, sense of humor, encouragement and knowledge made his classroom the place to be. People gravitated to him. His wisdom about Science and LIFE was immeasurable. Thank you for touching and changing so many lives. You helped make Central the legacy it is and set the bar for teaching. Family, thanks for sharing Jim. His legacy is the loving, compasionate human we should all be. He lives forever in stories, memories and our hearts.

  2. Dear Becky and Mike,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. It is so difficult to loose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sandie

  3. Dear Janice, I was saddened to hear that your husband James had passed away. Sounds like he had a wonderful life. So glad you got to share it with him. Sorry I did not know him. Take care.

  4. Jan and family,
    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you all. Mr. Driscoll was my biology teacher at Central in 1970. He was a great teacher and such a joy to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Jan, Becky and other family members: I have had the pleasure of working with Jim for most of my teaching/administrative career and found him to be so genuine and sincere. He was always so positive and always there to help. I know he was a great husband and a great father just by knowing the two of you. He will be missed by many; I will miss him as well. God Bless you guys.

  6. Mrs.Driscoll,
    I was very saddened to hear of your loss of Mr.Driscoll. He was a great teacher and I was very fond of him. He taught me a great lot. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. He was a great man and will be missed by many.
    Sincerely,
    Kenny Ryan

  7. Jan: Our families go back a long way – when our children were small and we lived in the same neighborhood. Remember how we carpooled our kids to Christ the King Catholic School? We kind of lost touch after we both moved to different neighborhoods in the city, but it was nice running into you and Jim, whether it was at McDonalds for morning coffee or out on the Mesa on a Sunday afternoon. You and Jim were a unique couple. I know you will miss him greatly.
    Paula and Becky – you two girls were like an extension of our family when you were little. It’s always nice now to see either one of you and know we can take up a conversation as if the years have not passed away. It’s like seeing each other as we were so many years ago. You are a beautiful family and we’re so grateful to have known you all. We will pray for your Dad. We know he will continue to guide you.
    Love you all.
    Al & Angie Duran

  8. I am sorry so for your loss. Mr. Driscoll was my biology teacher in the early 80’s. He invited guest speakers to his classroom to discuss their unique and interesting careers. One day he invited Jack Stucki, a Music Therapy and Biofeedback Practiitioner to come talk about the Mind-Body connection and how this approach helped many people. Long story short, I was hooked into this innovated approach to wellness and some 25 years later I have enjoyed a career in biofeedback therapy. Because of that day, in Mr. Driscoll’s class I have had the honor and privledge of assisting many, many people with pain, anxiety and stress disorders. I can’t begin to tell you how often I think back on that biology class and Mr. Driscoll’s insight to the many ways to motivated his students, his vision of the medical model’s holistic direction, and tremendous passion he had for his students. We have lost a terrific man, educator and leader. My condolences to the Driscoll Family.

  9. Dear Jan and members of Jim’s family: Our deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. As a colleague, I admired Jim for his cheerfulness; he never let a setback get in his way; he was a genuine educator who had the respect of students in his care.

  10. Jan, Paula, Becky and family. I met Jim 31 years ago as I took on a long term sub position at Central. He lead me through the paces of what to do and guided me daily as I had just lost my own father. He gave me strength and was so kind and sweet. Jan, working with you at Centennial, I learned more about your family and always asked what Jim was doing. I felt connected to him through you. Paula and Becky, the best part of your father lives on through you and your children. You are in my prayers and heart. Your father touched a lot of souls including mine. With deep condolences.

  11. Mr. Driscoll was my biology teacher at Central, class of ’78. I became his assistant and enjoyed going to class everyday. What a great man and a great teacher. Rest in peace Mr. D
    -Dennis

  12. We are sending our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Driscoll. He impacted my life by teaching me and having me be his assistant. He always taught me to think outside the box. Wow, the great things I have seen. I now have an 18-yr old daughter and teach her the same as she goes through her 2nd year of pre-med. His influence and faith were great to all! We send all of our love and prayers to the family. Thank you Mr Driscoll for beleiving in me!!

  13. We are sending our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Driscoll. He impacted my life by teaching me and having me be his assistant. He always taught me to think outside the box. Wow, the great things I have seen. I now have an 18-yr old daughter and teach her the same as she goes through her 2nd year of pre-med. His influence and faith were great to all! We send all of our love and prayers to the family. Thank you Mr Driscoll for beleiving in me!!

  14. My sympathies to the Driscoll family. Mr. Driscoll was my biology at Central, and because of his wonderful, funny, and true methods of teaching, I found my career. Amazing teacher!! I haven’t forgotten getting to wear the Ranger Rick hat after the zoology test.

  15. Mr. Driscoll was a wonderful teacher. I know he made a difference in many students’ lives. I wish his family the best.

  16. Jan, What can I say.. after so many years of knowing Jim and his being your other half… Our sympathy is with you and your family. I just am so sorry. Love, Nancy & Jim

  17. Becky, I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts & prayers are with you and the whole family.

  18. Jan and family: I was so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching in the same building with such a wonderful teacher. He was a true gentleman. I send you and your family my prayers and thoughts during this trying time.

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