James F. “Jay” Courtney, Sr.

May 9, 2020

James F. “Jay” Courtney, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean Conflict

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James F. “Jay” Courtney, Sr.  – of Woburn, May 9th. Beloved husband of the late Loretta M. (Foley) Courtney. Devoted father of James F. “Jay” Courtney Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Hamilton and Carolyn M. Priem and her husband Jeff of Wilmington.  Loving grandfather of Jameson and Jackson Courtney and Megan, Brian and Bradley Priem. Dear brother of the late William Courtney, Mary Byrnes and Lorraine Langill.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jay’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Attn: Contribution Services.

 

James F. “Jay” Courtney, Sr.  – of Woburn, died peacefully, May 9th at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford. The beloved husband of the late Loretta M. (Foley) Courtney, he was eighty-eight years of age.

Born in Woburn and a lifelong Woburnite, he was one of four children to the late William and Kathryn (Flaherty) Courtney. He graduated from Woburn High School along with the Class of 1949, where he was very athletic and a key member of the football team, earning the nickname of “Jay the Jet”. After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served his country proudly during the Korean Conflict, until being honorably discharged.

After returning from War, Jay worked for the US Post office in Woburn, where he remained for close to 30 years, retiring at the age of fifty-eight. After retiring, Jay enjoyed golfing every day  at the Woburn Country Club. He enjoyed being active and even ran the Boston Marathon in 1994 and played in his over 30 hockey league into his 70’s.

Jay’s greatest joy in life, however, was his family. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than spending time with his beautiful wife Loretta. Together, they could always be found Saturday afternoons in their beloved St. Anthony’s Church. Wherever she was, that was where he was happiest. Whether traveling, working in the yard or sitting at home while he watched a ball game as she read her book, being with her was all he truly needed. 

He enjoyed spending every summer at Hampton Beach where he would “ride the waves” like no other and play games all day with the kids.

He was able to travel to Hawaii, Alaska and Ireland before taking on his greatest adventure-that of “Grandpa”. His grandchildren were his world and he was their biggest cheerleader, always attending their various school and sporting events. He was a proud, passionate, loving and generous husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.

Devoted father of James F. “Jay” Courtney Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Hamilton and Carolyn M. Priem and her husband Jeff of Wilmington.  Loving grandfather of Jameson and Jackson Courtney and Megan, Brian and Bradley Priem. Dear brother of the late William Courtney, Mary Byrnes and Lorraine Langill.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jay’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Attn: Contribution Services.

 

Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jay’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Attn: Contribution Services.

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  1. Mary Lou Linnemann

    Fred and I are thinking about all of you and send our sympathy on th loss of your dad and Grandfather. We remember him as a real gentleman and we are sure he will be missed.

  2. Condolences:

    To the Family and Friends of a wonderful Man, my Family extends warmest prayers and thoughts to you and yours at this difficult time. Some folks me being one of them reflect back to a simple search of memories surrounding my engagements with Billy or comments made by others about him in my presence. I salute Billy for his life and they way he lived, not once did I ever hear a negative comment towards this Man.

    “Rest In Peace”

    Jim Byrne

  3. So sorry for the loss of your dad. We had some wonderful times in our younger days and have missed your mother every day.

  4. Helen Banks (Honey)

    I am very sorry for your loss, I will always remember the great times we had in our younger days and have missed your mother every day.

  5. Robert Cogan Jensen Beach Fl

    I had the pleasure of working with Jay at the PO.Jay was a perfect gentleman, always with a smile and always upbeat. He was a special person. Rest in Peace.

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