James E. Carras, age 85

of Braintree

James E. Carras, age 85

James E. Carras, age 85, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, August 20, 2020, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

James was born in Boston, to the late William E. and Delia A. (Powers) Carras. Raised and educated in Boston’s South End, he was a graduate of English High School, Class of 1953. He had lived in Braintree for the past three years, previously in Quincy for over fifty years.

Jim was proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Jim was a restaurateur in the Boston area for many years. He was the former owner and operator of the Hercules Club on Tremont Street in Boston in the 1960s, the Pines Lodge and Motel in Wrentham in the 1970s, and Middle Street Pizza in Weymouth in the 1980s. Jim went on to serve as the purchasing manager and oversaw kitchen operations at Father Bill’s Place in Quincy for several years.

Jim was a compassionate person known for helping others, especially those struggling with substance use disorders.

He was a talented cook and enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends. Most of all, he was devoted to his family and especially enjoyed supporting the activities and accomplishments of his beloved grandsons.

Devoted father of Christina M. Bythrow and her husband Daniel of Braintree, and the late William E. Carras.

Loving grandfather of Nicholas J. and Joseph D. Bythrow.

One of six siblings, he was the brother of John Carras of South Boston, and was predeceased by Mabel Ann Barry, Helen McCormick, Thomas Carras, and Ernest Carras.

Former husband and dear friend of Hazel M. (Malloch) Carras of Quincy.

Step-father of Barbara Robbins of Quincy, Louise Burns of Weymouth, and the late Louis Swank.

Jim is also survived by many step-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, August 24, from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Graveside Services, with military honors, will be conducted at The Gardens Cemetery, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, on Tuesday, August 25, at 10 o’clock. Those attending should gather at the cemetery office. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  • Dear Christina & The Carras Family,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful man! He helped so many including myself with his gentle, loving way.. God certainly got an angel back with Jimmy. May he rest in the sweetest of peace.
    Gratefully Chrissy Y.

  • Our Loss Heavens Gain Great 👍 Guy wonderful
    Family De Colores Happy Fourth Day

  • My condolences to all family of Jim. He left us all a shining example of Gods love. Peace…..

  • Jim was a great guy and a great friend. He loved his family so much ,helped many many people including myself for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless!

  • I’m sorry for your loss. Jim was a quiet but friendly and kind man. I first met him when I was opening a restaurant in Quincy Sq. He’d come around weekly to see how I was doing.
    I hired some men from Fr Bills because of Jim. He knew I needed help before I did. Later I would see him at my AA meetings. He was a power of example to many and will be missed.

  • I’m terribly sorry for your loss.
    Jimmy C. was a humble power of example who helped hundreds of people over the years with love, grace, and absolutely no expectations. He will be greatly missed, but I know he’ll be in the front row at heaven meetings with Steven, Joann, Frank, Donald, Rick, and all the Fort Square folks who’ve passed.

  • What a Kind Soul Jim was, always willing to listening & give his time to help others. I’ll miss my friend as so many others will as well. RIP 🙏❤

  • Dear family, my deepest condolences . Jim will always be remembered as an honorable, kind man. Our Earth Angel will be missed so much, The memories of the friendship will live within our hearts forever. God Bless,.

  • The hardest part of being a friend is saying goodbye

  • I will always remember the kindness and compassion Jimmy showed to myself and others. Our loss is certainly heavens gain.
    Rest In Peace in the arms of our loving God, Jim. 🙏🏻❤️

  • What an amazing person and what a remarkable life with prayers and sympathy🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Condolences to all of Jimmy,s family. His love and acceptance gave hope to so many. His memory will live forever in our hearts . God Bless, Ed Christopher

  • Dearest Chrissy and family,
    May I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your father. I met him back in the 1990s and he was the absolute kindest and sweetest man. He helped me in my recovery and many many others. Soft spoken and a very gentlemanly approach as he helped so many people. Selflessness always giving. I thank you the family for sharing this beautiful soul with so many of us unfortunates. Sending love and light to you always, 🙏😢💙

  • Oh Jimmy! What a wonderful man. I hadn’t known you as long as many people in your life, but in the 3 years I did, you sure did make a mark. It was always such a delight to see you, and everyone was always so happy when you walked in a room. I’ll miss your smile and your excitement about your grandsons and your love of Greek food. Rest in Heaven, my dear friend.

  • What a Humble, Kind, Loving Man. From the 1st time I met him he was a true friend. Someone I could always count on being there & showing up. He made each person he came into contact with feel like they were the most important person in the room.

    He was so proud of his family & friends & always ur best cheerleader. He was so Proud & loved his grandson‘s Nick & Joe he spoke of you two so often even though we never met I felt like I’ve known you through his eyes & stories.

    He will be terribly missed. He will however, live in forever for so many in our hearts & memories. God Bless you
    Monsignor your work here is done. Heaven has gained one of the very best. Love u forever my Friend. ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️

  • To Jim Carras’s Family
    I worked with Jim at Father Bills for almi

  • To Jim campus is Family with JimConnolly school Miss Jenny is Bob at Bill’s is a dear sweet man and a very good friend I knew him for over 30 years he will be sorely missed at the foursquare work my condolences and blessings to you and your family during this time of loss sincerely Dianne Senter

  • May you RIP Jim, you have helped out so many people including myself. I will Be forever grateful I am going to miss you so much. There will never be another Jim Carras again. You was so proud of both of your grandchildren and talked about always going to there games you would never miss one. I know your going to be so happy to be reunited with your son Billy again. My Condolences to the family of Jim. Our loss Heaven’s gain.

  • A kind and compassionate man if I’ve ever known one. I’ll always remember his kindness to me and others in our family. Will miss you, Jimmy!

  • My condolences to Christina and and all of your family. Jim was the most thoughtful, patient and caring person. He helped save so many lives. Mine being one of many he saved. He taught me a lot about cooking at father bills. And delivering food to all the shelters all across Boston and surrounding areas. I will be forever grateful for all that he did for me and so many others. He will be missed by so many. May he rest in loving peace.🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • I’ve known Jim Carras since the early days of Fr Bill’s and My Brother’s Keeper. Whenever I hear Jim’s name the word that immediately comes to my mind is “humility.” Over the years, Jim called me many times looking for help…but never for himself…always for someone else. Jim was a “man for others.” Jesus said, “whatever you do for the least of these my brothers (and sisters) you do for me.” (Matt 25)….I’m sure they’re celebrating in Heaven at Jim’s arrival.

  • I am very grateful to Jimmy’s family for opening the services to the public. He was a great man, kind, caring, would and did help anyone of us. He helped myself and my sister and never left our life’s. The 11 years we knew him he was a blessing and always inspired me to do more and say less like he did. He even reached out to my mom during her own fight with breast cancer. You didn’t need to be in recovery for Jimmy to take a minute and offer help.
    Our family sends your family prayers and love!

  • I will miss Jimmy so much. I feel so incredibly blessed to have had him as a friend. Jimmy was so kind, so, so hilarious, so generous and the best snack guy ever. Jimmy cared about everyone in my family. He always asked about my kids, my Mom and always sincerely cared. I love Joe, Nick, and Chrissy, because to know and love Jimmy is to love them. They are a package deal. He radiates light and love and it was even brighter when he talked about his wonderful family. Jimmy you will forever be in my heart and I thank God he gave me a friend like you. I will try to carry some of that kindness with me and be a better person thanks to you.

  • My condolences to the family in your time of loss and mourning. Jimmy was the “first” man I ever met on my journey in recovery. He was the cook at Father Bill’s in 1989-1990 when I was a resident there & he told me everything would be okay and I could always talk with him. From there, we have had a 30-year relationship based on the A.A. Fellowship and family. He always talked about his love for his family, especially his grandchildren! Look up the word “humble” in any dictionary and you are sure to find Jimmy’s photo as the definition of the word!! Love you dearly and deeply my friend!! Rest In Peace; Welcome Home!! 🙏🏼❤️✌️

  • Our Uncle Jim will always be remembered as a loving Uncle, devoted brother to our Mom & Adored by our Dad. Sending our deepest & sincerest condolences to Chrissy & her family. Jim was so proud of them. Sending our love to Hazel who will always hold a special place in our hearts. Uncle Jim, we know that you have been reunited with your son Billy & we will always keep your loving memories close in our hearts.

  • Jimmy carries has always been a friend to many. Always hung around late to talk with someone that just needed someone to listen. He was not a taker. He was a giver of himself, even if it was just a ride to the station. I will miss seeing him around the circuit and I will specially miss him calling just to see how I’m doing. GOD BLESS (YOU) MY FRIEND.

  • My condolences to the family during your time of loss and mourning. Jim was the very first person I met on my recovery journey in 1989 when he was the cook at Father Bill’s Place. He approached me, welcomed me and told me I could talk with him anytime and that everything was going to be okay…..he didn’t lie. That began a wonderful 30-year relationship based on the Fellowship of Alcoholics’ Anonymous and the institution of family. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored! Look up the definition of the word “humble” and you are guaranteed to see Jim’s picture there! Selfless, kind, compassionate, approachable and available. Welcome Home and Rest In Peace my friend!! You are loved, will be remembered fondly and often!!! 🙏🏼❤️✌️

  • You were my best friend Jimmy. I miss you so much. Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of life.

  • To Jim’s family: I’m so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a remarkable man. I met Jimmy at Fort Square nearly 20 years ago. He was a cornerstone in our group and touched so many lives, deeply.. Kind, loving and generous with his time. He gave to so many selflessly. He always greeted me so warmly with a handshake or a hug and warm smile. And he always asked about my family. He adored his grandsons Nick and Joe! I feel honored to have known him. My heart is heavy but also joyful knowing he is reunited with his dear son and other loved ones in heaven.. His spirit will endure and be with us at Fort Square always.

  • To the Carras Family-
    My heart is truly broken, Jimmy was always so caring and kind toward
    me and I always felt like I had a true friend in him, this is such a huge loss
    Unselfishly, I am glad he is at peace and joining other members of his family who have gone before him. I am truly blessed to have known him and been friends with him
    -Chris Sheehan

  • My condolences to you and your family. Jim was a great man with a huge heart. Heaven just gained a great angel.

  • My deepest condolences to John’s family. Jimmy was one of the most humble gentlemen I have ever known. I will miss him terribly. He helped so many people. He was always kind to everyone. Heaven has gained another angel. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Rest In Peace my friend. Welcome Home Jim!! 🙏🏼❤️✌️

  • I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was truly a treasure. He was always caring and available to anyone who asked for help. I will sincerely miss connecting with him at our meetings. God bless you Jimmy. We will all miss you.

  • Chrissy, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Thinking of you and your family .

  • My deepest condolences to the family.
    A kind, caring and generous man who taught me strength by relying on his Higher Power.
    You were heaven sent.
    God Bless you Jimmy.
    Your friend,

  • To the Carras family, I am sorry for the loss of your dad he was a great being, I met him about 25 years ago and there was a group of guys that I clicked with and they showed me another way Of life to be traveled, Jimmy had just called me about three weeks ago and wanted to come and visit me for a weekend down in Wellfleet he said he would drive down to to the bridge and I would pick him up from there,I was looking forward to it very saddened by his passing we used to keep in touch all the time and when I came up around Boston I used to try to get a hold of him And meet him for Even a cup of coffee. Jimmy has a lot of friends where he is now entered. His old friend Tom, Paul, Jerry,Mark, and I’m sure many many more to have open arms greeting him. Rest in peace my friend we will meet again.

  • My condolences to Jim’s family. He is now an Angel amongst Angels. Rest in peace Jimmy.

  • I love ya buddy. Your legacy will live on forever!! I miss you already.

  • Rip jim. You were genuine n sincere. Thanks for your help and friendship.

  • Dear Chrissy and Family,
    My deepest most heartfelt condolences to you all. May the beautiful memories you have of your dad bring you comfort during your most difficult days. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. XOXO

  • My prayers & love are w/u & your family at this different time. Love ya