James Paul Leavitt

July 13, 1926January 18, 2018
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BREWSTER, MA- James Paul Leavitt, 91, died peacefully on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Wingate at Brewster Nursing Home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy T. (Cronin) Leavitt, with whom he celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Born in Boston on July 13, 1926, he was a son of the late William and Charlotte (Foley) Leavitt. James proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII until being honorably discharged in 1946. Prior to his retirement, James spent his career working as an electrical technical writer for the Mitre Corporation.

In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, golfing and reading. James was an ordained deacon and served at Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster.

In addition to his wife, he is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, William Leavitt and his wife Jean of Stoneham, Mary Petersen and her husband Richard of Greenfield, and Susan Schneider and her husband Bruce of Brewster; a daughter in law, Holly Leavitt of Tewksbury; and eight grandchildren, as well as two great-grandchildren.

James was predeceased by his son, James Leavitt.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on FRIDAY, January 26th from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cape Parish, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster, MA 02631. His Funeral Mass will directly follow inside the church at 11 a.m. A committal service with military honors will take place at 1:30 p.m. in MA National Veterans Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.


  • Calling Hours Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Burial Friday, January 26, 2018

James Paul Leavitt

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Mary Petersen

February 26, 2018

Missing you! I think of you often and the dream was just what I needed! Love you so much, wish you could have stayed but you needed rest!!!

Susan Schneider

January 25, 2018

Dad, you are already much missed. I know you are at peace. Mom is well cared for so dont worry. Love you, Susan


January 25, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Florence Hodkinson

January 24, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. You and your Family are in our thoughts and prayers. Florence & George Hodkinson, Sr.

Holly Leavitt

January 24, 2018

The best Father-in-law a person could have. Love you always

Dave Pike

January 23, 2018

My other dad.

The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home

January 18, 2018

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.