James J. Gaughan, age 80

of Braintree

James J. Gaughan, age 80

Braintree, James J. Gaughan, age 80, a longtime Braintree resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the South Shore Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

James was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was raised and educated. He had lived in Braintree for many years.

He had been employed as a service technician for the former Boston Gas Company for twenty years and later worked for five years with the United Refrigeration Company in Braintree.

As a young man, Jim proudly served as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 through 1960.

Jim was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed the ocean and the beach. He also loved working in his yard, tending his garden and maintaining his pool.

Most of all, Jim was dedicated to his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson.

Beloved husband for forty-two years of Rita M. (Cappello) Gaughan.

Devoted father of Robert Merchant of Quincy, Scott Gaughan of Berkley and Derek Gaughan of East Bridgewater.

Loving grandfather of Chad, Kayla and Madeline. Cherished great grandfather of Liam.

Jim is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, February 18th at 10:30 a.m., followed by Military Honors. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. Interment Private.

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


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  • We will miss that wonderful smile! Our hearts are breaking to lose you, “James Joseph Michael Patrick Eloisus Gaughan” You were such a large part of my childhood! Love you very much!

  • Rita
    So sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Uncle Jimmy , you are and always will be my favorite uncle ,
    You had an amazing smile and a sweet personality to match.
    We are going to miss you , but will always have the memories
    We made . “Jesus Jimmy”
    Rest in sweetest peace ,
    Love always and forever
    Your favorite niece Jen Wagner

  • Rita Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Dear Rita, Maddie and family. Ron and I and my dad are so sorry for the loss of Jimmy. There are no words but find the strength to carry on and know you have so many who are there for you now and always. Love you.

  • Rita – I am so sorry to hear this news. Jim was such a pleasure to see at our grandparents’s meetings. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Peggy

  • There are no words to express the loss in our hearts and on our minds. You were truely a very dear friend of over 50+ years. The memories of all the special times we spent together will serve to comfort us for many years to come. You will be greatly missed by all who’s lives you have touched. Warm-hearted,good natured and patient with a contagious smile were just a few of your best assets. Rest In Peace with the arms of our lord to surround you. We love you.

  • It is with a HEAVY Jersey accent we say goodbye to Jimmy. From the very first time I met both of you, it was instant family! He was truly a gentleman. Always making sure people (Me included) were taken care of, and made to feel comfortable! He was kind, thoughtful, caring and yes handsome!!! We will miss his beautiful smile that lit up any room wherever he went!!! We are sending all our love to you Rita, and family during this very sad time. Love you infinity and beyond!