James J. McDermott

August 14, 1925August 4, 2017

James J. McDermott, 91, of N. Chatham, formerly of Eastham, and long time resident of Worcester, MA died on August 3, 2017. He was married to his high school sweet heart, Helen (Tauras), for 68 years before she died in 2014.

Jim was a WWII disabled veteran who joined the Navy 2 days after graduating from high school at 17 years old. He saw action in the Atlantic as a Signalman on board ships protecting against enemy submarines.

Jim was ‘Dad’ to James and Peggy of Eastham, Brian and Gail of Tewksbury, and to Donald and Kevin who predeceased Dad. Jim was ‘Gramps’ to Kelli and Chetan Nayak of Emmaus, PA; Jim and Sheira McDermott of San Diego, CA.; Kate and Rob Gillis of Tewksbury, and Dan McDermott of Tewksbury. Jim leaves 6 great grandchildren.

Jim, after the war, began work as a coil winder for Telechron in Worcester. After graduating valedictorian from New England School of Accounting, he became a buyer for GE in Ashland where he worked for 31 years. He moved on to work for T.J. Rafferty Steel. When the Steel Company closed, Jim went to work for the Mass Lottery. He volunteered as long time treasurer for his friend State Senator Daniel Foley. Jim was a member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard and a Life member of Disabled American Veterans.

Jim loved high school sporting events, especially rooting for teams his sons and his grandchildren played on or coached. He and Helen were active in St. Stephen Parish, then in Christ the King Church where he served as a Communicant, CCD teacher, and Lecturer. Jim and Helen retired to Eastham in 2000, a Cape Cod town they fell in love with long ago.

A celebration of life for Jim will take place on what would have been his 92nd birthday on Monday, August 14 at 11:00 AM at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Orleans, followed by burial at the National Cemetery in Bourne.

Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Lower Cape Outreach Council, P.O. Box 2013, Orleans, MA 02653.

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  • Memorial Mass Monday, August 14, 2017

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Anne O'Connor

September 9, 2017

Jim and Peggy, My step son-in law Dave Riley read the obituary in the Worcester paper. Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your Dad. I have fond memories of him and your Mom at your home on Blue Heron Way over the years I lived there. Love, Anne

August 26, 2017

Jim and Peggy, Kevin, and Brian and Gail
I just found out about Uncle Jim's passing
recently and wanted to send my sympathy to you.
Uncle Jim was such a nice person who always had a joke up his sleeve
and made everyone around him happy and laughing.
He will be greatly missed.
Marion Tauras

Sarah from the Victorian

August 13, 2017

Condolences to Jim's family and friends. I didn't know him well but I liked him. We talked sports and politics. It seems Jim died as he lived - his way.

Bill Robidoux

August 9, 2017

So sorry for your loss he was such a great man

Joe Robidoux

August 8, 2017

Jim, Peggy, Brian and Gail. So saddened by the news of your dads passing. Your mom and dad were always so welcoming to us on my family visits back east. I so enjoyed our talks about family and sports. So many fond and meaningful memories of Uncle Jim. God Bless. Joe and Patricia Robidoux

August 7, 2017

Uncle Jim was the best uncle and friend anyone could ever hope to have. I will miss him very much and will always cherish the beautiful memories.

Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Kathy Gionet McGrory

Ed Savage

August 7, 2017

Jim, I remember your Dad as a very positive and enthusiastic gentleman.
I had great respect for him. I wish you and your family peace in his memory.

Sandy//Bob Mazaika

August 6, 2017

Find comfort in your wonderful memories of your Dad. He lived a full life .

August 6, 2017

Jim and Peg, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your dad so well and so fondly. John Dufresne

Marie gagnon

August 6, 2017

I am so saddened to hear of uncle Jim's passing. He is with Helen and his loved ones who came before him. We loved uncle Jim who always had a smile and hug for us. We will miss him.
Marie ( Tauras) Gagnon and children