James Joseph Wasmer

July 10, 2024

June 13, 1977 - June 25, 2024

Jimmy passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones after a stoic 17½ year battle with brain cancer at his home in Northfield, VT. He was born in Chappaqua, NY to Andrea Wasmer and James Tully. As a small child he was a beloved member of the Chappaqua community, riding the school bus with his father and helping out at the police department when needed. He relocated to Chatham, MA and graduated from Chatham High School in 1995. He was an avid reader and participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Read-A-Thon for over four years and raised more than $20,000. He was an Eagle Scout, huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, loved to ski, freshwater fish, cook and grill on his smoker.

He attended Norwich University Corp of Cadets in 1995 and prior to graduating he joined the Marines in 1999. As a Specialized Search Dog Handler he served with distinction in Iraq, contributing to the groundbreaking specialized search dog program as one of its pioneering teams. While stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, he met his beloved wife Christy Jo Carter of Saint James, MO. They married on May 19, 2001 and had a thrilling life together, constantly on the move and creating a tight knit community wherever they ended up. After relocating from North Carolina to Camp Pendleton, CA they welcomed their first baby girl Kylie Jo Wasmer.

Jimmy returned to Norwich and finished his degree in 2011. He and his family later moved to Anchorage, AK where he worked for the TSA as a Dog Handler. They eventually settled back in Northfield, VT.

He is survived by his adored wife Christy, daughters Kylie Jo and Kira, his mother Andrea Wasmer Durkee of Chatham, MA, his father James Tully (Jennifer) of Hancock, MA, sisters Danielle Durkee of Norway, ME and Caity Monahan (William) of Cohasset, MA and brother Brendan Tully (Kerry) of Troy, NY, in-laws Bruce and Nancy Carter of St James, MO, brother and sister-in-law Michael and Racheal Carter of Vanita, OK as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends from the Marines and his fellow Norwich University Alumni who may as well have been family. He will be greatly missed by his long-time best friends from growing up here in Chatham. They were the three musketeers. He is predeceased by his stepfather Ray A. Durkee of Chatham.

A service will take place July 27th at 1:00 at the Norwich University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to US War Dog Association in memory of James J. Wasmer at https://www.uswardogs.org/donations or by mail at: 102 West Pennsylvania, Ave Suite 501, Towson, MD 21204.