James I. Boyd, age 79

of Quincy

James I. Boyd, age 79

James I. Boyd, age 79, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in the comfort of his loving family.

James was born in Quincy to the late Irving J. and Marjorie M. (Shea) Boyd. He was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1960, and attended Bentley School of Business.

He was employed for twenty-eight years as an accountant for the former Grass Instrument Company.

As a young man, Jim enjoyed sports, playing basketball and he was a competition level bowler, participating on television bowling contests. He was a lifelong member of the South Shore YMCA, where he made many enduring friendships.

Jim was also a lifelong parishioner of Saint Mary’s Parish in West Quincy, where he had served as a lector and as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

Devoted brother of Lorraine M. O’Brien and her husband Richard of Quincy.

Jim is also survived by several dear cousins and their families.

Longtime friend of Peter Yngve and his wife Ingrid of Weymouth and loving friend and companion of the late Jean Grayken.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, May 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


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  • Played basketball with “old Jimmy” at the Y back in the day. We had some great times and a lot of laughs. Wonderful guy with a gentle spirit, good sense of humor and a big heart. I will miss him. RIP Jimmy.

  • Bless you Jim! A kind and gentle man indeed, you will be missed by all of us lucky enough to know you. I’m not sure what my father is going to do without you…rest in peace.

  • Grand Uncle Cousin Jimmy Boyd…. to my two children Markus and Maggie Guadalupe. My Godfather (father’s cousin) is remembered as a wonderful, generous, loving man. All my life I was proud of him, his strength through pain, in sharp contrast to his tenderness of character. There were many miles and years of distance between us, but I always felt genuinely loved and thought of. I am eternally grateful my children met him and have memories of him, a truly remarkable man. My condolences to all who loved him.

  • Jim you are now at peace. You are a much loved cousin and a kind and gentle man.💕

  • I was so sad to read of Jim’s passing! I knew Jim probably for the past 20 years, from The Bank of Canton. I was a teller there for 24+ years and he was one of my favorite customers! He was the friendliest, sweetest, thoughtful and kindest man I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. In all the years I knew him, he never, ever once complained about his illness or disability. Lorraine, he thought the world of you! Rest in Sweet Heavenly Peace my friend, you deserve it ♥️

  • I played hoop with Jimmy on Thursday & Saturday nights since the lmid 90’s, then AM group @ the Quincy Y. He was a excellent shooter & just a fabulous guy. He will be missed.

  • So sorry for your loss. Played hoops with Jimmy since the ‘90s. He was a great athlete and even better person. I’m sure he is hooping it up and knocking down those pins upstairs.

  • We were sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy Boyd. If I had to remember Jim with just one word it would be SWEET! Lorraine and Pete please know you are in our prayers. Rembering our best time with you were duing our Square Danancing Days. We had some of the greatest fun ever.