James P. Hand

June 25, 1932April 8, 2013
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HAND, James P., of Norwood, formerly of Jamaica Plain, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2013.

He was born in Detroit, MI. Beloved husband of Gertrude (Cleary) Hand; loving father of Virginia Pittsley and her husband William of Portmouth, RI, Patricia Adelmann and her husband Jack of Plymouth, Donna Celuzza and her husband David of Lunenburg, James P. Hand Jr. and his wife of Kimberley of Attleboro, Eleanor Reilly and her husband Robert of Needham, Edward Hand and his wife Elizabeth of Clarence, NY, Susan Hand of Norwood, Thomas Hand and his partner Cara Meringolo of South Boston, Kathryn Savage and her husband Mark of Norwood, and Kelley Hand of Boston; devoted brother of Peter Hand of Norwood, Margaret Carew of Brooklyn, NY, Eleanor Carey of Chantilly, VA, and the late Thomas Hand and Mary Slattery. He was also survived by 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was son the late Peter and Nora (Kennedy) Hand.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12th at 8:00am from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte. 1A), Norwood, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00am in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 547 Washington Street, Norwood. Interment will follow the Mass in Mt. Benedict Cemetery, Boston. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 3:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of James P. Hand may be made to Answer For Cancer, c/o Attleboro High School, 100 Rathbun-Willard Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703 or to St. Catherine of Siena School, 249 Nahatan Street, Norwood, MA 02062.



  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 12, 2013


  • Interment

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Susan Hand

June 1, 2013

Miss You Dad

Ravi Goel

April 16, 2013

So sorry to hear your loss.. Thoughts and Prayers to the Hand's family..

Beth Smith

April 15, 2013

Sue- sending you and your family healing energy and sympathy. So sorry for your loss.

Susan Hand

April 15, 2013

Daddy I miss you.

Marylou McDermott

April 15, 2013

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hand family.

MaryAnne & Tony Pepe

April 14, 2013

Please accept out sincerest sympathy...Tony and MaryAnne Pepe, Plymouth, MA

Patti Scollins

April 13, 2013

Jim was a good fair man. I lived as a tenant in his house for a year. My condolences to the Hand family. Hope that you find peace and comfort at this difficult time.

April 12, 2013

The Fitchburg High School Class of 1966 wishes to express its deepest sympathy to our classmate David and his wife Donna on the passing of his dear father-in-law, Donna's beloved dad. Our condolences to the Hand family; we are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful gentleman.

Sandy P

April 11, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss Kelley, I will keep you and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love.

Peter James Hand Jr

April 11, 2013

Aunt Snookie and all my cousins you all are in my thoughts and prayers.Love Peter Jr.