James F. Duggan, age 86

of Middleboro

James F. Duggan, age 86

James F. Duggan, age 86, of Middleboro, a former resident of Quincy for over 65 years before moving with his late wife, Susan, to Oak Point in Middleboro, died peacefully, Friday, October 2, 2020, at the Life Care Center of Plymouth.

James was born in Quincy, to the late Francis and Mary Hildegarde (O’Brien) Duggan. Raised in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1952, and the College of the Holy Cross, Class of 1956. He was a member of the ROTC program and was commissioned after graduation into the U.S. Air Force where he attained the rank of Captain. He was the former President and Treasurer of Duggan Brothers North Quincy Garage Chevrolet Dealership. He successfully continued in automobile sales working for President’s Chevrolet, and then served as Sales Manager for South Shore Buick for 25 years before his retirement. He was a past President of South Shore Auto Dealers Association and a Charter Member of the Kiwanis Club of Milton.

He enjoyed raising his family in Quincy and enjoyed summers in East Brewster on Cape Cod – memories which each of his children, friends, and family recall with great affection. He enjoyed the longtime friendship of Jack and Marilyn Lahive on Cape Cod and their families continue those friendships today. An avid and rabid fan of all the Boston sports teams, he was most proud of attending and encouraging the achievements of his children, grandchildren, niece and nephew at their numerous sporting events. Family gatherings included a “One on One” with Papa where you would be beckoned to a seat beside him and he would go through his litany of questions regarding your interests or job, your sports or achievements, your friends, and always, most importantly, encouraging your school work.

He was a longtime active parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy and a well-known coach for many years in the former Saint John’s Baseball League as coach of the Yankees, receiving a lifetime achievement award. He also coached numerous teams in the CYO Boys and Girls Youth Basketball leagues. Many who played or interacted with him were provided the same life lessons, encouragement, advice, and devotion he provided to his own children. Children of family friends and friends of his children continue to remind themselves of what they learned or heard from “Mr. Duggan”, who took an interest in each young person as if they were his own.

Beloved husband for sixty-three years of the late Susan J. (McGrath) Duggan, who died January 7, 2020.

Devoted father of Maureen S. Redmond and her husband Brian of Pembroke, James F. Duggan, Jr. and his partner Kathleen Kelly of Newington, Conn., Michael G. Duggan and his wife Karen of Guilford, Conn., Francis P. Duggan and his wife Karin of Glastonbury, Conn., Kathleen M. Kayne and her husband David of Trumbull, Conn., Patrick J. Duggan and his wife Susan of Holbrook, Teresa M. LaMonica and her husband John of Duxbury, and Virginia H. McGregor and her husband Adam of Marshfield.

Loving “Papa” of twenty-one grandchildren, their spouses, and six great-grandchildren. He was the grandfather of the late Paul James Duggan and Kellie Mary Duggan.

Jim is survived by his sister-in-law Carol McGrath, his niece Karen A. Geary and her husband Ted, his nephew Daniel P. McGrath, and a grandniece and grandnephew. He also leaves deep family connections with the late Ernest Bizzozero and his wife Joan, as well as the O’Brien and Kiley families who remained a part of his life from childhood.

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

For those who wish, donations in James’ memory may be made to The Kellie Duggan Foundation, 7 Cornfield Lane, Guilford, CT 06437 or www.kellieduggan.org/donate.


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  • You will be missed. My prayers are with you . You were a good friend to me.

  • He was a very nice man who raised great kids. Sorry for your loss

  • Jane and I extend our sincere condolences to the entire Duggan family. We were good friends to Jim and his wife for many years while we lived in Braintree and bought cars from him for 30 years.Susan and Jane both graduated from Cardinal Cushing College.

  • Jane and I extend our sincere condolences. We were very good friends for years when we lived in Braintree and we bought lots of cars from Jim for 30 years every couple years. That was always an enjoyable give and take which we both enjoyed. It always gave us a chance to catch up on family matters. Jane and Susan both graduated from Cardinal Cushing Collage in Brookline.

  • Ginny and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • My condolences to the Duggan family, I will keep the family in my prayers.

  • It was always a treat to see Mr. Duggan (always with Mrs. Duggan, of course)–his love for his family felt immense. All the Duggans are in my thoughts and heart. I hope your many good memories bring you some comfort now and in the coming days.

  • My deepest condolences to the Duggan family, I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Our condolences to the entire family from one of his roommates at Holy Cross. Jim was a good friend and served as an usher at our wedding. We loved both Jim and Susan . I enjoyed a “back-in-touch” type phone call with him just a couple of months ago. Your life was well lived, well done, Jim,.
    God Bless you. Bill Haupt

  • Mike, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with your dad and your family. May God bless your dad.

  • We were saddened that current events prevented us from joining you to celebrate Jim’s life of excellence, love of family and service to others.. Your Colorado cousins send you our sympathy for your loss of a beloved father and grandfather. We are grateful for his time on this earth and honor a life well lived.

  • I so enjoyed reacquainting with Jim and my East Coast cousins In Jan at Sue’s services. The Duggan Family will always have a special place in my heart.

  • We were so saddened to learn of your Dad’s passing and please know we will keep him and your Mom in our prayers. We always enjoyed their company and their relaxed fun loving style of just being “nice people” to be around. I did not always enjoy coaching against him back in those days BUT we did have fun and as the obit said he was a great mentor for so many boys/young men. Also fondly recall several gatherings at Viden Rd. and the laughter and fun discussions!!

    They were a model couple for us and certainly great parents, citizens of the community/parish and great friends. God Bless and be strong….continue to make them proud!

  • Jim Duggan was a gentleman and I am sorry to hear of his passing.
    Love to all of his kids and grandkids.

  • Just found out about your Dad’s passing. Your Mom’s & his friendship will always be with us. Your parents were a model for us as we started our married life in Quincy. We are sorry for your loss. Prayers for Jim from us as he joins your Mom in heaven. Love Paul & Paula Ruozzi.

  • Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He & your Mom were so kind to us & role models for us when we started our family in Quincy. Great family man & remember how much he bragged & loved all of you. He is united in heaven with your Mom. Our love and prayers to all.

  • Maureen, Jimmy, Michael, Fran, Kathy, PJ, Terry, Ginny- My apologies for this sympathy note being so late. I was saddened to hear about your dad. He and your mom were truly amazing people. We grew up in a great neighborhood. We had great parents that were involved in our lives and in the community. And they were great friends to one another. Very loyal friends. Your dad and mom were also very good to my sister Allyson. I will appreciate that always!
    Please know that you and your families are in my thoughts.
    Best, Neil