James J. McDonough

February 12th, 2014

James J. McDonough, age 62, of Stoneham, formerly of Woburn and Lynn, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 11, 2014, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

James was born on June 27, 1951, in Woburn, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Donald J. and Cecilia L. (Malloy) McDonough.  James was raised and educated in Burlington, MA, and part of a large and loving family.

James married his high school sweetheart Carole (Haynes) McDonough  on November 28th, 1971 and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. on January 31, 1974.  While serving in the Marine Corps., James became a dad to his daughter Sherry who was born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  During his tour of duty, James was part of the ordnance maint 2nd maint battalion; he earned several commendations and medals for his  faithful service to his country; James was honorably discharged from active duty in February of 1976 and went on to further serve the country as part of the Marine Reserve Unit until 1980.

Following his return from the Marines, James and Carole settled in Woburn, MA, where they raised their family.  The family soon expanded with the birth of their sons Daniel and Eric to join their big sister Sherry.  The family was complete and James took his role as a “dad” very seriously; not only was he a protective father but he worked hard and made many sacrifices to make sure his family had what they wanted and needed.  Family was always first and foremost to James, he loved his family unconditionally, cherished every moment spent with them, and beamed with pride as he watched his family grow.

James was known as a very hard worker, for many years he was a technician for the Acme Book Binding Company before his illness forced his retirement.  James’ work ethic and personality not only won over his many co-workers but also the owners of the company.  James became part of an extended family at work and was truly loved by everyone.

In his spare time, James enjoyed fishing, riding on his motorcycle, or just hanging with his family and friends.  James was fondly known as a “good and true” friend to many, he was always there to lend a hand or an ear when needed and never expected anything in return.

When James was diagnosed with cancer a year ago he faced it head on with courage and grace; always maintaining a thankful attitude for the many dedicated doctors and nurses who helped with his care.  James was truly an amazing person who will be greatly missed by all.

James is survived by his beloved children Sherry L. (McDonough) Rodrigues and her husband Ronaldo Rodrigues of Wilmington, Daniel McDonough and his wife Jamie of Stoneham, Eric McDonough of Virginia, formerly of Woburn, and Annabelle Cappello of Maine, as well as his former wife and dear friend Carole (Haynes) McDonough of Woburn, James was the loving “Grampy” of Finn McDonough, dear brother of Carol Patterson and her husband Tom of Kennebunk, ME, David McDonough of Biddeford, ME, formerly of Marshfield, Robert McDonough of Billerica, Steven McDonough of Biddeford, ME, Paul McDonough and his wife Diane of Nashua, NH, William McDonough of Biddeford, ME, Tom McDonough of Biddeford, ME, and Sandra McDonough and her husband Tony Daye of Sandford, ME.  James is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, February 15th for Visitation from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude with Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA  01867.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “James J. McDonough”

  1. Marlaina Pratt says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you…may you be at peace in heaven with my dad!!!

  2. Keri mcDonough says:

    Uncle Jimmy, We will miss and love you forever. May you continue to rest in peace.
    Love always,
    Your brother Bobby,
    niece and nephew
    Keri & Jordan

  3. Annabelle cappello says:

    Dad we will all miss you so so much and love you forever….Rest in peace I love you<3

  4. Brie Robert says:

    Though I did not know you personally, I have become very close with your son, Eric, and he has shared many stories about all his wonderful times with you. It has made me feel as though I knew you personally and because of this my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you rest in peace James McDonough. You are now in heaven with all the angels that have passed on before you.

    Love always,

    Your son, Eric’s close friend,


  5. Dan and Jean Haynes says:

    Jimmy Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. We will remember the fond memories of years gone by. May you rest in peace.

  6. elizabeth daye says:

    Uncle jimmy i will miss you dearly everyday and love you forever and will charish every memory i had with you rest in peace.

    love you <3

  7. Aunt Pat says:

    Aunt Mary and I send our deepest sympathy! God bless you all!!!!

  8. Jack Shea says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire McDonough family. I knew Jimmy for many years through his brother David. He was a great guy with a sense of humor that could light up any gathering. Rest in peace Jimmy, until we meet again on the other side. God Bless.

    Jack Shea
    Marshfield, Ma.

  9. K. Jackson says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for I too know the pain of losing someone as important as a father. May your family find comfort as I have in knowing that our loving heavenly Father promises us that very soon he will ’swallow up death forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces.’ (Isaiah 25:) What a wonderful day that will be!

  10. Paul Parisi says:


    You were a gentleman and a friend. You were an asset to Acme Bookbinding in many ways. From the phase boxes you made to preserve valuable books to the machines you fixed to enable us to manufacture new books, you always did a great job. Your willingness to do whatever was needed to serve our customers is an inspiration to all the staff in our company. We will miss you but remember your warm smile. Sleep well.

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