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James Andrew Guterman

Passed away on July 25, 2016

James Andrew “Jimmy,” Guterman, 53, of Brookline, died unexpectedly on July 25, 2016. He was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Jane Kokernak, and three children, Eli of Queens, NY, and Lydia and Grace of Brookline. Predeceased by his father, Michael Guterman, Jimmy was the devoted son of Deanna and Ed Schey of West Orange, NJ, and brother to John Guterman, his wife Vibeke, and their children Erik and Katrina of Maplewood, NJ. He will be missed by his in-laws Stephen and Elizabeth Kokernak of East Dennis, Michael Kokernak of Boston, Brian Kokernak of Medford, Emily Kokernak and David Boardman of Brooklyn, NY, and Sally and Kenlie Millwood of Milton, and his nieces Elena and Sara Millwood and Anna Boardman. In addition, he leaves his step-brother Michael Schey, his wife Theresa, and their sons Adam and Matt of Livingston, NJ, as well as his loving aunt Helene Troum, uncles Newton Troum and Larry Baumgarten, and cousin Alissa Isaacson and her family, all of New Jersey, as well as his cousin Marjorie Baumgarten of Austin, TX. In his long career in journalism, consulting, and social media, Jimmy was an executive editor of NewCo, editorial director at Collective Next, founder and president of the Vineyard Group, and executive curator of TEDxBoston. He held editorial and writing positions with the Boston Phoenix, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, O’Reilly Media, and Forrester Magazine. A music critic for Rolling Stone, he also wrote and published books about the Sex Pistols, Bruce Springsteen, Sinead O’Connor, and Jerry Lee Lewis. A freelance record producer, his favorite project was one he initiated called The Sandinista Project, a tribute to The Clash, featuring performances by many friends in the music industry. Jimmy passed on his love and knowledge of music to his three children, who turned his passion into their talents.

A private service was held on July 31st and led by Cantor Michael McCloskey at Levine Chapel. Jimmy’s eldest child Eli, his brother John, and his lifelong friends Dave Yeskel, Mark Caro, and Owen O’Donnell all gave heartfelt tributes. Jimmy’s final resting place is at Walnut Hills Cemetery. Donations may be made in Jimmy’s memory to WBUR (Boston's NPR station) and Girls Rock Campaign Boston.


  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, July 31, 2016


James Andrew Guterman

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Mary Rutkowski

June 11, 2017

James was a new neighbor of ours when we moved to CH five years ago to the corner of Bonad and Grove Streets. He often stopped by on dog walks/strolls and stuck around to speak to me about our dogs (and share stories) or with my husband about our garden. He and his wife also had a lovely garden that they worked on as well. We swapped tips and ideas with him. He was chatty, kind and friendly - something we didn't find a lot of here in Bline, to be honest. When I was missing all our chatty, friendly neighbors in Dorchester - he'd remind me that there was some of that in CH. He always told us about his three wonderful children and how proud he was of all of them; he was especially honest about how much he was not looking forward to the last child finishing high school and how fast time flew when raising children and teens. We commiserated with him about this. He clearly adored his family. I was so sorry to hear about his passing. I had no idea that he had died; I thought his family had just moved away. My deepest sympathies to his wife and children, parents, siblings and extended family and friends. May his memory be a blessing to all who loved him. Thank you James for making a new town and neighborhood a lot more human and kind! Peace, Mary R.

David Gott

March 21, 2017

Knew him from Bayonne bumped into him in Boston... told him I just wrote a song that is 7 minutes long.. gutterman quipped" cut it in half, then You'll have 2 songs" that was jimmy