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James M. Scott

Obituary for James M. Scott

December 18, 1931 - November 28, 2022
Wakefield, Massachusetts | Age 90


James (Jim) M. Scott, age 90, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, died peacefully on November 28, 2022. Born on December 18, 1931, he was raised in Wakefield, MA and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, class of 1949. Jim was the loving husband of 60 years of the late Yvonne Scott.

Jim was predeceased by his parents William D. Scott and Elena Scott, and his brother the late Sgt. Gerald F. Scott (MIA Korea), all of Wakefield. He is survived by his sister Claire Montejunas and her husband Joseph of Tennessee; and was the son-in-law of the late Dr. Thomas and Alfreda Grady of Lynn, MA.

Jim was the loving father of Leslie Scott-Lysan and her husband Paul Lysan, of Wakefield; Gerald Scott, of Saco, ME; James Scott and his wife Sharon, of Wakefield; Julie Scott, of Wakefield; Kevin Scott, of Wakefield; and Jean (Scott) Murtagh and her husband Kevin, of Troy, New York. He was the adoring "Papa" of James "Jamie" Scott and his wife Cassandra of Westford; Christopher Scott and his wife Ashley, of Peabody; Taylor (Scott) Prowse and her husband Brett, of Wakefield, Kelly (Scott) Mooney and her husband Connor of Salem; Annette Lysan, of Wakefield; Grady Murtagh and his wife Ashley of Nantucket; and Karen Murtagh of Troy, New York. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and was "Great Grand Papa" to 6 great-grandchildren.

Jim was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy as an aviation boatswain's mate with the 6th fleet on the USS Palau CVE- 122. A graduate of Northeastern University, he was also active in his beloved town of Wakefield. Jim spent nearly 39 years with the Wakefield Municipal Light Department, and served as Superintendent of the Electric Division. He enjoyed local and state politics and was a member and later the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 104. He was tremendously proud to have been the director of the Wakefield Youth Center. Jim was an elected member of the Wakefield Board of Selectmen, and served on various other elected and appointed town boards and committees. Jim was a proud member and a Past President of The Friends of Lake Quannapowitt. As part of his legacy, Jim's years of advocacy to preserve open space created lakeside open space along the shores of his beloved Lake Quannapowitt; preserved now for future generations to enjoy.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave, Wakefield, on Monday, December 5th from 4:00-7:00 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St. Wakefield, on Tuesday, December 6th at 10:00 AM. The mass will be followed by the burial at Forest Glade Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, PO Box 517, Wakefield, MA 01880; or to the Sweetser Lecture Series, PO Box 1734, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Friends of Lake Quannapowitt
    PO Box 517
    Wakefield, MA 01880
  • Sweetser Lecture Series
    PO Box 1734
    Wakefield, MA 01880

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McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
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