James E. ‘Jim’ McSweeney

July 1, 2016

James E. ‘Jim’ McSweeney
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

JAMES E. “JIM” MCSWEENEY in Woburn, July 1st at seventy one years of age. Beloved husband of Marsha (Row) McSweeney. Devoted father of James A. and Kevin E. McSweeney both of Woburn. Dear brother of Jean Nee and Alicia Bean both of South Boston, and the late Barbara Mahoney, Paul and Leo McSweeney and his late brothers in law John Nee and Russell Bean. Very “Special Grandfather” of Paul and Matthew Anderson of Rockland and long time friend John Sawyer of Woburn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday July 7th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

James E. “Jim” McSweeney passed away at his home , Friday July 1st amongst his beloved family. The devoted husband of Marsha (Row) McSweeney, Jim was seventy one years of age.

Born in Boston, Jim was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Manning) McSweeney. One of six children Jim was raised and educated in South Boston; he was a graduate of South Boston High School along with the Class of 1962. Following high school Jim enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War.

Upon returning from the War, Jim worked as a Glassier for fifteen years in Boston. He would replace or add beautiful new windows, often stained glass or with design throughout beautiful different homes and buildings in mostly the Boston area. During this time Jim was introduced to a student nurse, Marsha Row. Their relationship blossomed over the next several years, they married and next week it would have been forty two years.

They lived in Chelsea for a short time then here to Woburn where they have made their home, raised their children and was actively involved in the city. When his sons were younger it would often be fishing at horn Pond and as they grew, so did their sporting activities! Jim served as a manager, coach, board member, of baseball, soccer and basketball teams! He was there for his children at every turn, enjoying it all. Any time he spent with his children and wife he always considered very valuable and special.

Upon moving to Woburn Jim secured a position as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, right here in Woburn. His route was always in and about the downtown area, where everyone knew Jim. Always with his dog biscuit and lollipops making his way throughout town! Often offering to help anyone who even looked like they “may”need a little help! During the evenings Jim attended Newbury College earning a degree in Management .

At the turn of the new millennium, Jim became actively involved in the political realm of the city. He was elected to serve as Alderman of Ward Two from 2000 thru 2005. He worked tirelessly on any and all of the projects going on in the city and in his ward. He was a very strong proponent of the Shamrock School during its difficulties and saw that project of rebuilding right through to its completion.

Jim being a very proud Irishman, loved everything Irish! He and his wife travelled to Ireland on many occasions, and also enjoyed the island of Aruba also visiting,Florida, California and not too long ago enjoyed a wonderful trip down the California Coastline.

Truly a gentleman, Jim was a very caring, loving, brother, husband, father and friend, doing whatever he could do to help people out. A dry but funny wit, Jim loved his family, loved life and was a loyal friend to all right up to the end.

Sadly Jim was predeceased by his parents and siblings Barbara Mahoney, Paul and Leo McSweeney and his late brothers in law John Nee and Russell Bean.

Jim is lovingly survived by his wife Marsha (Row) McSweeney. Devoted father of James A. and Kevin E. McSweeney both of Woburn. Dear brother of Jean Nee and Alicia Bean both of South Boston Marsha (Row) McSweeney. Devoted father of James A. and Kevin E. McSweeney both of Woburn. Dear brother of Jean Nee and Alicia Bean both of South Boston, Marsha (Row) McSweeney. Very “Special Grandfather” of Paul and Matthew Anderson of Rockland and long time friend John Sawyer of Woburn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday July 7th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jim’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Marcia I am sorry for your loss and wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love and Peace,
    Helena Enos

  2. Dear Marsha and family…my thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of Jim. He was a true gentle-man. May he rest in peace.

    Denise Wall

  3. I will always have fond memories of Jim. To his entire family I send my thoughts and prayers. With prayer Margarette Masotta

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