James A. Oldham

June 6, 2016

James A. Oldham

JAMES A. OLDHAM – of Burlington, Monday, June 6th. Son of the late Dorothy (Investor) and Hartwell Oldham. Beloved husband of the late Marion (Doherty) Oldham. Devoted father of Karen E. Oldham of Woburn, Debbie J. Richardson and her husband David of Billerica, and Cindy M. Oldham of Burlington. Beloved brother of Bruce Oldham and his wife Carol and Gary Oldham and his wife Linda, all of Woburn. Brother-in-law of Janet Doherty of Woburn, Kevin Doherty and his wife Carmen of NH, the late Paul Doherty, John “Jackie” Doherty and Robert Doherty. Son-in-law of the late John and “Dolly” Doherty. Cherished grandfather of Matthew and Lauren Richardson and Jack Oldham. Also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 10th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours, Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in James’ memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

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James “Jack” Oldham passed away on Monday, June 6th after a courageous battle with cancer. Jack was born in Weymouth, Mass in August 1948. He was the youngest, beloved son of Dottie and Happy, and brother to Bruce and Gary. He was raised and educated in Woburn. At an early age Jack was fascinated with cars and what made them tick. He began “tinkering” with them as a teenager and self taught himself the craft of mechanics which would be his career for the next fifty years. Jack grew up on the Westside of Woburn and was hired as a young mechanic at the Volkswagon and the Gulf gas station. He became known as one of the best mechanics around. It was not uncommon for someone to say “Oh, I know him, he can fix anything” or “there’s nothing that man can’t fix”. As a young boy his parents vacationed with their sons on Cape Cod where he learned to sail, to boat, waterski, and quahog. They attempted to teach him to ski in the winter, but he would rather have his head under the hood of a car!

In 1966 Jack met Marion at a party. They were both 17 years old. A year later they were married at St. Charles Church. This was the beginning of their love story which would last for the next 47 years. They grew together as the years marched on. They had love, trust and admiration for each other and they became each other’s rock. They began their young married life by having and raising three daughters, Karen, Debbie and Cindy. Jack and Marion took their daughters on camping trips to New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Canada. Jack took an old school bus, turned it into a camper and painted it blue, and named it “the bluebird” . There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He continued to vacation on Cape Cod with friends and family, where he also taught his daughters to waterski and swim.

Jack loved to work. It was more of a hobby than a chore. He spent his career working for not only the Volkswagen and Gulf but also worked for CD White, GW Gately, the Town of Winchester and for the last 22 years for Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. When he turned 50 he said “hey why not” and opened his own business, Checker Cab of Woburn.

Jack loved his family and especially being proud Papa to his grandchildren Matthew, Lauren and Jack. Marion and Jack loved entertaining family and friends in their backyard by a fire, reminiscing of good times. His wife Marion was his biggest cheerleader in everything he worked to accomplish. She was “his world and his everything”;she was his rock. Those who knew Jack and Marion were fortunate enough to share many memorable moments. They are now reunited with each other.

Sadly, Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marion, his parents Dottie and Hartwell (Happy) Oldham, and his brothers-in-law Jackie, Robert and Paul Doherty. He is lovingly survived by his daughters Karen Oldham, Debbie Richardson and her husband David, and Cindy Oldham, along with his grandchildren Matthew, Lauren and Jack, his brothers Bruce, Gary and his wife Linda, his brother-in-law Kevin Doherty and his wife Carmen, his sister-in-law Janet Doherty and several nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 10th at 10:15am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30am. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours on Thursday from 4-8pm. Remembrances may be made in Jack’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Mass 01701


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  1. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Your Neighbors,
    Janice and Martin Witt

  2. Brenda and Dan Gately
    Very sorry for your loss. He was one of the greatest and his absence will be a loss to all of us. May he rest in peace.

  3. Oldham family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live with our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie, Sandy, Charlene, & Bobby

  4. Debbie, Cindy ,Karen
    You know how much I loved your Dad, He was the kindest man I have ever known. I will always have the best memory of him showing up on my wedding day driving my Limo all suited up. He always told me as a kid when you get married I will drive your limo and he kept his promise after all those years that’s what kind of man he was. He Loved you girls with all his heart. And he is now with your mom where he always was and wanted to be. I love you all and I am truly going to miss your dad as much as I miss your mom they both did so much for us as kids.

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We know that he has had many struggles in the past few years, and we pray that Karen, Debbie and Cindy will find comfort and peace in the knowledge that he his now safely home with Marion. May God give you serenity during this most difficult time.

    Leo and Barbara Donovan

  6. My deepest sympathy to the family. I wish you all the best at this difficult time. Dawn Pepe

  7. Karen, Debbie and Cindy,
    I cannot express how saddened I am by the passing of your Dad. I only hope that he has found some peace and is with Marian once again. My condolences that I can’t be there but I am there with you in spirit. Love and peace to all of you.

  8. Karen, Debbie & Cindy –

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was the epitome of a true gentleman. He was such a kind soul who had the most captivating smile. Jack just made everyone around him feel genuine happiness, and he will be missed by so many of us. No words can make losing him any easier, but we know you find extreme comfort knowing he is with your mom again.

    All our love –
    Colleen, Rich & Maddie

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