James S. Dooley

February 21, 2020

James S. Dooley
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean Conflict

James S. Dooley– of Tewksbury, passed away peacefully on Friday February 21st. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy A. (Foley) Dooley. Devoted father of James S. Jr and his wife Christine of Tewksbury, Kevin F. Dooley of Woburn, Stephen M. and his wife Carolyn of Lexington and J. Thomas M.D. and his wife Mary Pat of Winchester. Dear brother of the late Norman and Walter Dooley. Cherished “Puppie” of twenty-one (21) grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St. Woburn on Thursday, February 27th at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St. Woburn, at 11:30 a.m.   Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours in the Funeral Home from 9a.m. – 11 a.m. Prior to the Funeral. Interment to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 90 River Rd, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

James S. Dooley passed away peacefully on February 21, 2020, in Medford. He was 87 years of age.  Formerly of Lexington, Jim was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Foley) Dooley. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Stephen L. and the late Alice (Danton) Dooley. He is pre-deceased by his brothers, Norman F and Walter E Dooley.

Jim was raised and educated in Boston. Securing a position with Boston Edison shortly after his High School graduation.  Soon after, Jim took leave from Boston Edison and served his country in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Wright, during the Korean Conflict. 

It was the wedding of a Navy-buddy that he met his sweetheart, Dorothy. After months of dating, Dorothy asked Jim when he was going to propose to her.  They were married at St. Charles in Woburn on November 21, 1959.

The newlyweds settled first in Medford and later in Lexington. Bringing 4 healthy, active boys into the world.  Jim and Dorothy were inseparable and lived a quiet life with their family.  Saturdays were for family dinners with Jim’s father and brother, Pa and Norman.  They enjoyed yearly trips to Rockport, Boston Edison outings at Whalom Park, apple-picking and cookouts, which usually ended with a game of pickle in the backyard with Jim and his brother Norman guarding the bases. 

Jim retired in 1995 after a 44-year career. Jim and Dorothy enjoyed dinners at Jimmy’s Steakhouse, watching their grandchildren, and attending many of the grandchildren’s sporting events.  Jim provided the chauffeuring services as he and his bride visited friends and family.  They were especially fond of their annual summer trip to the concerts at Tanglewood.

Always a man with strong family values, Jim cared for his brother Norman throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Jim was devastated when he found his sweetheart had the same dreaded condition.  Jim and Dorothy moved to assisted living in Woburn in the spring of 2014.  Even while losing his sight to glaucoma, Jim cared lovingly for Dorothy until her passing in 2017. 

Jim will be remembered by all those who loved him as a homebody with a quick-wit, and a devout soul, who missed his dear wife everyday.

He is survived by sons James and his wife Christine of Tewksbury, Kevin of Woburn, Stephen and his wife Carolyn of Lexington, J. Thomas MD and his wife Mary Pat of Winchester, and 21-granchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street Woburn, Thursday, February 27, 2020. Interment in St Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn, Thursday 9-11am, prior to the Mass.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

 A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St. Woburn on Thursday, February 27th at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St. Woburn, at 11:30 a.m.   Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours in the Funeral Home from 9a.m. – 11 a.m. Prior to the Funeral. Interment to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 90 River Rd, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

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  1. Carolyn and Steve. I’m sharing your sadness from the loss of your sweet loved one. I wish it were possible to be there with you to say your final goodbyes. God has written his ending, and all praise to God for welcoming him into his arms for eternal peace. I love you both. And to ALL family and friends of your dad Steve, find much comfort in one and other. I’ll be praying for you all!

  2. I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays Always remember the good times you had with him

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