James Joseph Hyde
January 15, 1933 – January 12, 2021
James “Jim” Joseph Hyde, age 87, of Hingham, Mass. passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021 with his daughter, Marianne and son, Jamie by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ann (Bough) Hyde of Hingham, daughter Marianne Hyde and son-in-law Stas Zakrzewski of New York, son James “Jamie” Montgomery-Hyde and son-in-law Paul Montgomery-Hyde of Scituate and son Scott Hyde of Colorado. He was a proud grandfather of Zoe, Juliette, Danny and Teddy, a caring uncle to the Dellera family and a devoted Papa to his grand-pups Gus and Zen.
Born in Brookline in 1933, Jimmy was a proud son of Irish immigrant parents Anna and James. He often retold stories about his early life in his beloved hometown when a movie at Coolidge Corner Theatre cost 5 cents, and as the captain of the Brookline High School basketball team where he led them to many victories.
His love of sports was renowned. He paid rapt attention to Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots games and followed local teams closely. He was known to loudly officiate as he watched sporting events – even casual pick-up games – whether it was welcome or not. He was a founding member of the Cape Cod Senior Softball league, playing well into his seventies. The league brought him tremendous joy and lasting friendships for many years.
In 2018, the Republic of Korea Veterans honored Jim for his service in the Army during the Korean War with the Ambassador for Peace Medal. Jim often recalled how fortunate he was to make it home safely from the war, and he never forgot the cold and wet conditions the troops endured. Vowing never to be cold again, he was known to commandeer the thermostat wherever he went, always turning it up as high as possible.
While a bachelor living on Joy Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Jim was an enthusiastic entertainer and hosted many memorable parties. It was at one such party where Mary Ann Bough walked in, making an immediate impression on Jim. They soon courted and wed in 1967. It was the beginning of a life of family and friends filled with joy and world travels. The couple started their life in West Roxbury and then moved to Hanover where they raised their children and opened their doors to countless animals who needed a loving home.
The couple moved to Scituate in 1993 with their beloved Irish Setter Patrick. For many years they joyfully entertained family and friends at their home on the marsh near the banks of the North River. As Scituate became their home, Jim came to rely on the infinite wisdom of the Scituate Harbor Master turning to him not just for tides and boat navigation but as a source of local lore and life matters, such as how to challenge a water bill or if hunters are allowed on the marsh. He kept the Harbor Master very busy until his move to Hingham with Mary Ann.
At the end of a family call or gathering, Jim always declared to his loved ones, “I love you, Baby!” He adored his grandchildren in New York and Colorado. He took pride in their accomplishments and loved to see each of them grow into caring and empathic people who he knew would bring happiness and positive change to the world. One of his favorite rituals was taking his grandchildren daily to Morning Glories bakery for M&M cookies whenever they visited.
Jim was an avid and vocal participant in politics, and he never missed voting in an election. This fall while battling pneumonia he cast his ballot by mail and was thrilled to learn Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election.
Those that knew him will remember Jim his for his unflappable demeanor, sense of humor, kindness and love of his family. His curious spirit made him an expert on a wide range of topics including bat migration, all war movies and even Bigfoot lore and UFOs. He stayed curious and loving until his last day.
Jim’s family will plan a celebration of his life in the warmer months.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
James Joseph Hyde
January 23, 2021
Marianne,Stas,Jaime and Paul,
Was so sad to hear of your Dads passing. Your mom and dad were and are such a huge part of all our lives (Parker kids!). I was always glad to see Jim walk through the door at Morning Glories and made sure he had some extra cookie treats. I was not so glad to see his name on the caller ID at the SPD!!!!
He was always smiling and loved my mom so much. I hope Arlene and Mom greeted him at the Gates of Heaven and are now safe in God’s Arms.
Love to all and will celebrate Jim in warmer and safer days
January 22, 2021
I remember warmly Jim's greetings to everyone he met, to quick lunches at Marias, to the awards given out each year at the softball banquet in Jim's and Bob Murphy's names. To stories about the people/businesses around town. Jim was a good story-teller. To car pooling to away games, to chats about coyotes crossing the marsh. To Jim asking me about my sister Lil, as he called her, who went to school with him at Brookline High.
Jim was one of the best life had to offer.
Thank you for knowing you.
January 20, 2021
My prayers and thoughts are extended to the whole Hyde family in this sad time. Great picture, same great smile!. We go back to the Devotion playground in the early fifties. Jimmy lived across from the school and we lived across from the Station 5 firehouse. Jimmy was the best baseball player in the whole Coolidge Corner area followed by Peter Nelson. He had the flimsiest glove with little or no padding but he never missed a ball. I can see him now at third base. A great friend to all who knew him. An athlete whom everybody knew and loved. The memories flood back. Oh, for just one more baseball game on the Devotion playground. The years have flown by and it's nice to read of his full life. God rest his soul
January 20, 2021
To Mrs. Hyde, Marianne, Jamie, Scott and their families: I am so sorry as a neighbor from Hanover told me of Mr. Hyde's passing. He was such a fun, spirited person. The party began when Mr. Hyde walked into the room! I have not seen you or your Dad in many years but his kindess and larger-than-life personality left an impression. I remember my parents taking me to your parents' ski lodge and skiing for the day with Mr. Hyde and having a blast! Lol, he was quite a competitive athlete and I had trouble keeping up and I was 12! His loss leaves an enormous hole and I am so sorry for your family. I will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope it is comforting to know how many people loved your Dad, even from many years ago.
January 20, 2021
Condolences to the Hyde family from Phyllis Munday Bulger
January 16, 2021
To My Dear Sweet Jimmy And The Entire Hyde Family...
My late husband Brendan James Quealy Sr. and James Joseph Hyde
had been best of friends since the age of 5 yrs old and was best man at James and his lovely wife Mary Ann's wedding.
I myself have known this special man since my freshman year of high school.. over 72 yrs. and loved him dearly.
From the Quealy family to the Hyde family our deepest and heartfelt condolences.
January 16, 2021
I've been friends with Jimmy for over 70 years. I'm sorry that he has died. The world is not as nice a place as when he was here.
My condolences and prayers are with you all.