James Mattioli, known to many simply as "J," was a smart, active boy who looked up to his father, played sports and loved food, an obituary posted online through a funeral home said. "I need to go outside, Mom. I need fresh air," the family recalled James saying often. He loved baseball, basketball, swimming and arm wrestling. He "proudly" rode his bike without training wheels, his family said. His family, through the obituary, said that James was born four weeks early at Bridgeport Hospital and it became a joke that his early birth was caused by the fact that he was hungry. James loved hamburgers, omelets with bacon and French toast.
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