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Obituary for James J. Driscoll

April 22, 1949 - April 2, 2017
Wakefield, Massachusetts | Age 67


James J. Driscoll, age 67, of Wakefield, formerly of Canton, died suddenly Sunday, April 2 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington.

Born in Belmont on April 22, 1949 he was the son of the late John and Catherine (Doherty) Driscoll.

Mr. Driscoll was a graduate of Hyde Park High School in Boston and then went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Boston. His professional life included being the owner of the historic restaurant Simco's On The Bridge in Mattapan. Later he worked at Verizon and the Boston Globe. In his recent retirement years, Mr. Driscoll enjoyed traveling, fitness, and spending time with his family. He also had a passion for cooking and his family always looked forward to his Christmas morning breakfasts and his apple pies. He was a good man who was known for being selfless, loving and understanding. His thoughtful nature always had him thinking of his family and his generous spirit found him picking up gifts for loved ones to express his appreciation.

He was the beloved husband of the late Arlene (Butkewich) Driscoll, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage before her passing in 2008. He was the loving father of James J. Driscoll, Jr. and his wife Jacquelyn of Lynnfield. He was the adoring grandfather of Jillian and James. He was the brother of John "Jack" Driscoll and his wife Joan of Centerville, Cathy Lutes and her husband James of Falmouth and Florida, Michele Caruso and her husband Salvatore of Saugus and Kimberly Driscoll of North Carolina and the late Mary Driscoll. He was the uncle of Anne Bastianelli and her husband Larry, Jennifer MacLachlan and her husband James, and Danni & Eileen Driscoll. He was the cousin of Carolyn Punch, Virginia Hall, Marylou Keenan, Anne Marie McDonald, Cathleen Lemmon, Brian, Kevin, Jimmy, and Gerry Sullivan and the late Peggy Wentland. He is also survived by his loving companion Eileen Spencer of Lynn, with whom he shared many happy memories over the last seven years.

His Funeral will be held from the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St., Stoneham on Friday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield at 10am. Interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home in Stoneham on Thursday from 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 Fifth Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • American Heart Association
    300 Fifth Ave.
    Suite 6
    Waltham, MA 02451

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Stoneham, MA 02180
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