James B. Pattison

July 10, 2006

James B. Pattison

JAMES B. PATTISON – in Woburn, July 10th. Beloved husband of Kathleen L. (Cullen) Pattison. Devoted father of Christopher J. of Woburn, Jeanne C. Pattison and her spouse, Dr. Franca Centorrino of Watertown, Maryellen Schissler and her husband Stephen of Burlington, Shawn H. Pattison of NYC, Brendan J. Pattison of Santa Monica, CA, and the late Robert E. Pattison. Dear brother of Barbara Davis of NM, Elizabeth “Betty” Kulus of IA, Nancy Petito and Martha Pattison, both of Chelmsford, David of Bedford, John of Marshfield, Donna Leonard of Ashby, Margie Cruikshank of VA, and the late Mary Pattison. Loving grandfather of Nicholas Moore of Woburn and Danielle, Lauren, and Sarah Schissler of Burlington. Brother-in-law of Jeanne Cronin of Stoneham, Jack Cullen of FL, and Jerry Cullen of Foxboro. A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 14th, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Calling hours at the funeral home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Mr. Pattison’s memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 ATTN: Contribution Services.

OBITUARY:

James “Jimmy??? Beamish Pattison, 73, a longtime resident of Woburn’s South End, died peacefully Monday, July 10, 2006 at home following his courageous battle with lung cancer. His bright eyes, quick wit, laughter and uplifting optimism will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was the loving husband of Kathleen L. (Cullen) Pattison for what would be 50 years this October.

Raised in Burlington, Jimmy was one of 10 children born to the late Harold and Sarah (Clarke) Pattison. The Pattisons were well known farmers in Burlington, operating a pig farm in the area where now the Burlington Mall and Northwest Office Park sit. A graduate of Burlington High, Jimmy continued his education, earning an engineering degree from Wentworth Institute. Answering his country’s call to duty, he was a decorated Army veteran, serving two years in the Korean War.

Upon his arrival back in the States from Korea, Jimmy began a long career as a plant engineer, working for a number of cold storage facilities in the Boston area, spending the latter part of his life working at Coldwater Seafood in Everett. A hard working man, he prided himself on his strong work ethic and providing for his six children.

His retirement four years ago didn’t slow him down; he continued working part-time doing the job he loved and pursuing his lifelong passion, fishing. Most mornings he could be found casting his line into Horn Pond. In his later years, he traveled numerous times to Alaska on fishing expeditions.

The family is eternally grateful to Dr. Paul Marcoux, Heidi Lombard, RN, and the rest of staff at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for their compassionate and brilliant care. In addition, the Pattisons are indebted to the staff of Hospice of the North Shore for their help, assisting in his care with dignity and compassion.

In addition to his wife Kathleen, Jimmy is survived by five of his six children – J. Christopher Pattison of Woburn, Jeanne C. Pattison and her spouse Dr. Franca Centorrino of Watertown, Maryellen (Pattison) Schissler and her husband Stephen of Burlington, Shawn H. Pattison of Manhattan, and Brendan J. Pattison of Santa Monica, CA.

A parent’s worst nightmare occurred on September 11, 2001 when his son Robert E. Pattison lost his life while working on the 110th floor of The World Trade Center.

He was the very proud Papa to his four grandchildren, Nicholas Moore of Woburn, and Danielle, Lauren and Sarah Schissler of Burlington. Jimmy also leaves his brothers, David of Bedford and John “Jackie” of Marshfield, and his sisters, Barbara Davis of New Mexico, Betty Kulus of Iowa, Nancy Petito and Martha Pattison, both of Chelmsford, Donna Leonard of Ashby, Margie Cruikshank of Virginia. He was also the brother of the late Mary Pattison. Additionally, Jimmy leaves a large circle of brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends in the area.

A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 14th, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Calling hours are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations in Mr. Pattison’s memory can be made to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Attn: Contribution Services.

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  1. Dear Kay & Family

    We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy. You are in our prayers every day.

    Love Laura (Martin) & Dick

    Barbara & Ron also send their sympathy to your family

  2. Aunt Kay and family –

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Jimmy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Pat Cullen

  3. Dear Aunt Kay and family:

    We were so sad to hear of the passing of Uncle Jimmy. Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Michael & Susan Cullen

  4. Mrs Pattison,

    I will never forget the kindness that you showed me growing up. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss and if there was any way I could be there I would. I will say a hundred prayers for you during this most difficult time. There is nothing more difficult than losing your best friend.

    I hope to talk to you soon.

    Love,

    Norma

  5. Mary Regan (neighbor). Jim taught me a valuable lesson I will never forget when I first moved onto the street 9 years ago. He came over and told me don’t plant anything before Memorial Day or you’ll be sorry. To this date, his words echo in my ears every spring when I get tempted to plant some flowers. I will also miss hearing him drive off at 4:30 in the morning. God love you and grant you and my son Kevin eternal rest.

  6. We’ll miss Big Brother and Uncle at all the family get-togethers, but will cherish his memory and funny stories forever.

  7. Denise, John, Colleen & Brian McSweeney

    We are all very sorry for your loss. Mr. Pattison was a very kind man. He will be missed.

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