James E. ‘Jim’ Landry, Jr.

July 27, 2015

James E. ‘Jim’ Landry, Jr.

JAMES E. “JIM” LANDRY, JR.- Of Woburn, unexpectedly, Monday, July 27th. Beloved husband of Margaret (McGrath) Landry. Devoted father of Leanne M. Landry and Karen M. McComiskey and her husband James, all of Woburn. Dear brother of Mary June O’Brien of IL. Cherished “Papa” of Kyle, Erin, Jack and Maura. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, August 1st at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the MMA Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund, C/O MMA Foundation, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.

OBITUARY:

James E. “Jim” Landry, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 27th in York, ME. The beloved husband of Margaret “Marge”(McGrath) Landry, he was seventy-two years of age.

Born in Boston, he was one of two children born to the late James and Mary (DeLucia) Landry. Raised in Cambridge and Somerville, he was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School, Class of 1960. He went on to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, graduating with the Class of 1963. Jim sailed for two years with the Merchant Marines following his graduation, and continued to stay actively involved with the Academy as a proud alumnus. Jim was also a member of the American Legion. He entered the professional world as a Mechanical and Structural Engineer. Jim began working for General Electric and later for the Shaw Group for over forty years, travelling all over the world.

Jim met his dear wife, Margaret “Marge” McGrath for the first time in high school. They went their respective ways for college and nursing school but would be brought back together by fate at a beach party in Nahant. It was such a fitting reunion for a couple that enjoyed the beach and ocean so much throughout their time together.

Jim and Marge married in 1966. They first settled in Malden, and then moved to the West Side of Woburn in 1968. They would bring two wonderful children into the world and were truly devoted to them. The family enjoyed trips to York Beach every summer, a destination that would remain near and dear to the family. Jim was a fixture at all of his daughters’ events. He was a tremendously proud softball coach and was the gracious host of many team dinners with pasta and homemade meatballs. The Landry’s also enjoyed a trip to Switzerland for February vacation.

As the years passed, and the family grew, Jim became a proud “Papa”. “Papa” could be depended upon for anything. He was dedicated to his grandchildren with the same passion and fervor with which he raised his two daughters. He could be found sitting in the first row at center ice for any and all of their hockey games. Whether it was a soccer game, a recital, a school event or another ritual of “waffles with Papa”, the love between “Papa” and his grandchildren was boundless.

Jim also had a passion for woodworking. He created many different projects from manger pieces to hot plates. Jim and Marge were able to travel throughout the world in their later years, always returning with the most entertaining stories. Jim had a great sense of humor, a true knack for storytelling and will be remembered for his kind, supportive, and loving demeanor.

Jim was sadly predeceased by his parents.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Margaret; his daughters, Leanne M. Landry and Karen M. McComiskey and her husband James, all of Woburn; his sister, Mary June O’Brien of IL; and his grandchildren, Kyle, Erin, Jack and Maura; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, August 1st at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the MMA Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund, C/O MMA Foundation, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.

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  1. Leanne, Karen, and family, I’m very sorry for your loss. Your dad was not only a great coach, but a wonderful person. I will always remember how kind he was.

    Kathy (Walsh) Latimer
    Westford, Ma

  2. Marge and Family,

    Our sincerest sympathy to you all on Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this great loss. We will all miss his unending support, smile, and sense of humor.

    Dee and Chuck Gilmor

  3. Marge, so sorry about the loss of your husband Jim. I am not able to attend the services, but please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Terry Gendron

  4. The following are e-mail responses from some of Jim’s MMA Classmates upon being notified of his passing.

    Dee and Chuck Gilmor

    Sad to report that Jim passed away this afternoon while in Maine.  I do not have
    any information yet, please pass this on and please keep Jim’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
     
    Rose and Peter Barthel

    I could not have received more devestating news. Jim and I have been friends since High School. Then as now there was  never a person that did not like Jim Landry.
    I cherish my memories and friendship through High School, MMA, and beyond.
    Jim Landry’s come along so rarely that their loss is so much greater.
    We have lost the best. I personally will never be the same.
     
    Joanne and Paul Kenny

    Jim was always there for all of us.  What a shock to read Peter’s message.  Paul’s comments are so appropriate.  Peter, please give Marge and family our sympathies.  This is why our continued lunches and get-togethers are so important to attend when we can.  So sad to hear.

    Marylaine and Dave Hobson

    The news of Jim’s passing came as a great shock. He was someone who always made those around him smile and laugh. He will be greatly missed.
    RIP Jim

    Ginny and Fred Walsh

    I am very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was and always will be remembered for his ability to make us all laugh. I regress as I remember his mannerisms which made all of us forget even if just for a moment the rigors we went through to graduate from MMA.

    Lee and Bill Baraldi

    Very sad news, Jim was a unique person that made all of us smile and laugh out loud on most occasions.
    Our lunches will never again be the same  without him.
    He will be greatly missed by all of us and the world will be different without Jim’s presence.

    With sadness

    Mary Ellen and Peter Lawrence

    Jim was special to me and though I rarely saw him he’ll be in my memory forever

    Lana and Connie Santavicca

    I am deeply saddened at the loss of a good friend, classmate and kind gentleman. He will always be missed by his classmates, and in particular me. May he rest in peace

    Dick and Karen Volkin

    I sit here thinking about my past life and trying to figure out if I could have done it better, I don’t think so, I am content. Will miss you Jim. Everything is getting a little scary as all of us get up there in years.

    Sue and Bill Butler

    Another very very sad notification in the loss of another classmate. Jim was one of the very best that I knew. He was liked by all and will be a sad loss.

    Barbara and Don Haggerty

    I was very sad to here of Jim’s passing. My heart and prayers go out to his family and loved ones and may their grief and sorrow be relieved by the memory’s of their good times with Jim and for the very special and cheerful person that he was and that we all new and admired. Also, when I hear news of a very special person passing, such as Jim, it all so painfully brings up my recent loss of my wife Carol and son Barry and the grief and sadness, that I still carry and always will. Prayers and thoughts for Jim’s wife, Margaret and family are needed at this most difficult time.

    Alan Strudas

    Very sorry to hear about Jim. He and I worked together for quite a few years at Stone & Webster, and all good ones.

    Suzanne and Bill Travers

    Jimmy, We will miss you at the LUNCHES and at all the other EVENTS!

    Rest in PEACE

    Maureen & Billy McClellan

    To All,

    My most heart felt wishes to Jim’s family, he was one of the best. As we all as a class get older it gets time to ponder on what we have accomplished, could I have done it better, of course I could have, but I am content with what I have done.

    Sue and Bill Butler

    Hard to believe Jimmy is gone. We grew up together in the same Somerville neighborhood.
    After 8th grade Jimmy went to Malden Catholic (with Paul Kenny) and I went to Matignon.
    I can still remember the day Jimmy stopped by my house in June of 1960. He said I heard
    “you are going to Mass. Maritime, me too”. Then he said I hear they will make us do a lot of push ups.
    Jimmy will be missed by so many people….
     
    Bevelyn and Bill Hoey

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Jimmy Landry for their loss.  The world lost a great person.

    Bert and Jeanne Barker

    Our sincerest sympathy to Marge and family, we have all lost one of our best and will miss him greatly.

    Dee and Chuck Gilmor

  5. JIM was timeless and it was always fun
    to see him again whenever we met at
    various times throughout the years after
    we left MMA in ’63.

    May GOD Bless JIM today and always..

    My deepest sympathy to JIM’s family.

    Jerry Cronin, MMA 63

  6. Marge, I was shocked to hear of the passing of your husband Jim. I am truly sorry. I am unable to attend the services, but please know you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

    Terry Gendron

  7. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was one who made those around him smile and laugh.

    Fred & Ginny Walsh

  8. To the Landry Family

    I was so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. It was a shock.

    I worked with Jim for about 15 years at Stone & Webster on numerous projects, the most notable was the multi year assignment with Pacific Gas & Electric. The most memorable things were Jim’s casual style at directing and accomplishing difficult goals and, more importantly, the respect he had for all of his team members and the client. These character traits contributed to the high esteem he was held by everyone he came in contact with.

    Not only was Jim a great colleague, he was a true friend, who will be greatly missed.

    With great sympathy,
    Roger H. Sirois

  9. Marge n family.
    I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s sudden passing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will be
    Out of town n unable to attend services with our
    Lions friends but you will all be in my thoughts . Paul n Kathy also send their condolences.
    Anne Decubellis

  10. All of my sincerest condolences for your unexpected loss of Jim. In my over 40 years of working for S&W/Shaw/CBI, Jim was easily one of the top two management individuals I have ever reported to. He encouraged everyone and developed a culture where all were enthusiastic about solving the challenge at hand, and was the most accomplished in people skills of any engineer I have ever been associated with. From the other entries, it is also obvious that Jim carried himself with the same passion in his more important family life as well.
    Steve Thibault
    Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. I am very glad I recently saw Jim and Marge at hockey games this past winter. My mom (Ann Sullivan) loved going out with Jim and Marge. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Christine Sullivan Jones

  12. Marge,
    I was devastated to hear about Jim. I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Unfortunately, I am away, please know my heart is with you.
    Ellen

  13. Marge and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for a few years in Charlotte. His engaging smile and kind words for all are what I remember most.
    Chuck and Chris White

  14. Marge,
    We are saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and other members of your family.
    Carol and Jeff Kimball

  15. Marge,
    We are saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and other members of your family.
    Carol and Jeff Kimball

  16. Landry Family
    I am sorry for your loss. I knew Jim from MMA, Stone & Webster and the many breakfast/shopping trips to Harbor Freight stores with our Stone & Webster Alumni.Jim had a great sense of humor,always to be remembered.
    With Sympathy
    Ed Adamson MMA 65

  17. Dear Margie,Leann, Karen and June.
    So many memories of our Cuz, even though we are miles away we will miss him. So saddened by your and our loss. Know he will be watching over all of us.
    Love and prayers,
    Diane (Ellis) and Don Lamoreaux

  18. Steve & Clindy Barthel, Stephanie & Kevin Avila and Stevie Barthel.
    Jim you will be missed by many! Prayers to your family and friends!

  19. Dear Margie, Leanne, Karen and June, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person and clearly loved you all very much. Jimmy was such a wonderful cousin and friend to my father, he often came to visit him on his birthday each year. He will be missed but remembered always,
    Love, Susan (Ellis), John, Alexandra and Teagan Holland

  20. Margie,

    So sorry to hear about Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Bob La Crosse

  21. You will be sorely missed by all that knew you. My deepest sympathy to the entire Landry family. I wish I lived closer inorder to attend the services. Don & Barb Haggerty

  22. Our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family. Jim was a great friend at MMA and at Stone & Webster. We have known Jim for many years, and all were good ones. He would always bring a smile to your face when he walked into the room.

    Bill and Suzanne Travers

  23. I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times.

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller

    Sincerely, Gene

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