James “Jay” Tighe

December 24th, 2019

James D. Tighe, “Jay”, age 86, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on December 23, 2019.

Jay was born on November 3, 1933 in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late Richard and Anna Tighe. Jay moved to Wilmington as a young boy; he quickly fit right into the town where he made many lifelong friends. Jay attended Wilmington public schools and got involved in many sports throughout his life; he especially loved foot ball and was Co-Captain of the Wilmington High School Football team. Jay graduated Wilmington High School with the Class of 1952.

Jay continued to be very active throughout his life; for more than 40 years he played softball with his team the “Tighe Club”. Jay, along with his team went on to win two National Titles and had a lot of fun over the years. The team stayed close and made many special bonds as “family” and friends.

Jay was born to be a businessman; he was a hard worker, talented carpenter, he studied finance in school and could do anything he put his mind into. Jay started J. D. Builders many years ago; he saw the construction and real estate industries evolve and change through the years. Jay had an open mind and a keen sense of thinking which made him quite successful in his field.

Outside of work, Jay was a social butterfly, very friendly, quite a charmer and a big flirt. People were drawn to his magnetic personality, his warm smile and bellowing laugh. Jay went out of his way to be helpful and would do anything for anyone.

Jay loved his family, extended family and friends with all his heart and enjoyed entertaining everyone at home. He looked forward to traveling with family and friends; he always made everyone feel welcomed, loved and showed them a “good time”, everyone had fun when they were around Jay.

Jay enjoyed being around people and getting involved in his community; he served on countless Town boards throughout the years and looked forward to the concerts on Wilmington Common where he would get up and dance with anyone willing to dance with him. He just loved to dance; from slow dancing, to a Polka or a Waltz; he was a good dancer and light on his feet.

Jay will be fondly remembered as helpful, humble and an optimist; he was a wonderful family man and a great friend to many. If you would ask Jay to sum things up he would say “I’ve had a wonderful life” and that he did.

Jay was the beloved husband of Jeanette T. (Godfrey) Tighe, devoted father of Dana Tighe of Cambridge, Peter Tighe & wife Paula of Texas, Brian Tighe of Chelmsford and the late Kevin “Jake” Tighe, step-father of Todd Davidson of Wilmington, Anna Davidson of Tewksbury and the late Gregory Davidson. Cherished son of the late Richard and Anna (Munroe) Tighe, dear brother of Patricia Gilligan of Wilmington. Jay is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, December 28th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Jay’s life at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jay’s memory may be made to Angel Flight NE, Lawrence Municipal Airport, 492 Sutton St., North Andover, MA 01845 or


45 Entries in Guest Book for “James “Jay” Tighe”

  1. joseph aronofsky says:

    Well remembered.we had good times along time ago.God be with you.

  2. Beverly says:

    Jeannette, and your entire family, I am so, so sorry about the loss of Jay. He was a good man who married a great woman. He was a good friend to many people. He will be missed by many, many people. Very sorry. Love, Bev

  3. Marie Fantasia Nigro says:

    So sorry for your loss but know how happy he is to be with those who have gone before him. God bless.

  4. Don and Melissa Meader says:

    Rest In Peace dear Jay. You have lived a wonderful life and mean so much to so many. You have been such a role model and friend to Don. Jeanette and family, we are sending so much love to you and your family. Bless you.
    Love, Don and Melissa Meader

  5. Michael Beveridge says:

    My condolences to the family and friends of Jay. I was happy that he made the last two softball reunions and hope that all that attended let Jay realize how much impact he had on so many people! Rest easy, Jay and thank you for all you did.


  6. Mirella McDonough says:

    My heart goes out to Jeanette and family. I remember Jay as a very funny and loving man. He will be missed but rest assured he will be with his loved ones on the other side dancing up a storm. He was a great family man and husband. We will certainly miss him. Much love and prayers to his family who have been blessed to jave him in their lives. RIP Jay.

  7. Mike Shay says:

    Jay was always easy gong cordial and funny. Working with Jay and Mike Bodnar was a time that I will always remember and a true learning experience.

  8. Bob & Dottie Peach says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to Jeanette and family. Jay was a very special person with a heart of gold. RIP my friend Jay

  9. Marie Mclenaghan says:

    Jay will be greatly missed by all his friends ,in Canada as well as the USA . WE I has a lot of good times over the years,especially when he was in Canada in June of this year, love and greatly missed Marie and Bunny xoxo

  10. Margie Pellerin says:

    I will miss you dearly ,say hello to Pete and Holly ,We will take care of Jeanette for you.

  11. Dave O'Neil says:

    Jeanette & family:

    My deepest condolences on Jay’s passing.
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Dan Swift says:

    Jay was a great guy, he had a sense of humor like no one I have ever meet. He will be missed. He had a great heart, when he was in the room no one felt out of place.

  13. Snooky says:

    Rest easy my Friend. We go aways back… All Good. You impacted parts of my life that hold true today. Your proud family has lost a truely great guy. Peace be with all who knew this Good man..

  14. Mae Peters says:

    Jeanette, please accept my deepest sympathy on your huge loss and especially at Christmas time. Jay was a good person and did a lot for Wilmington. If I can do anything please call me. Mae Peters.

  15. Frank West says:

    Karen and I as saddened to hear of Jay’s passing. May God bless him and his family at tbis time and always- we offer our deepest sympathies.

  16. Josephine Altovino says:

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  17. Donna says:

    Jay was a gem of a man; so fun-loving and enjoyed life to the fullest. He and Jeannette created a beautiful love story. May his gorgeous soul rest in peace.

  18. Gerald Courtney Jr. says:

    Jay your were always so witty and funny keeping things light. I was proud you saw something in me to want me on the TIGHE CLUB so well known in the softball World. I will miss you so very dearly but will hold on to my Great memories you were a Legend. My deepest Sympathy to Jeanette and Todd and family.

  19. Joanne Sullivan says:

    Jeanette and Family:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May your “better-half” as he always said, Rest in Eternal Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  20. Lynne Johnston says:

    Jay you were truly one of a kind. Funny, charming, always helpful and the most wonderful husband to your dearest Jeanette. You will be missed by many of us who considered you a friend, mentor and all around great guy. Jeanette, my heart breaks for you and your family. With all my sympathy, love and respect.

  21. Carol says:

    Sending love and prayers to you and your family. My heart aches for your loss. May he fly with Angel’s. Blessings to all.

  22. Lauren and Jeff Aubuchon says:

    Jay was such a special man and he will be greatly missed by so many. We were all very lucky to have him in our lives.

  23. Peter T. DaMore SR says:

    Jay Was a great guy i
    he will be missed .

  24. Dottye says:

    Jeanette, I am so sorry for your loss, he was a great man and loved by so many, my deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family, may he Rest In Peace.

  25. Janice Quandt says:

    Jay, you were always a very friendly happy person.. I remember you in so many ways and was very proud of your accomplishment throughout your life and as they say, a concerned, caring helpful, person. I will miss not seeing you around town, You were always around being yourself. As President of our class of 1952, you were there for all of use, and now, may God Bless You for all your devotions and take you home to his place in heaven Rest in Peace

  26. Margaret J. Freitas says:

    Jeannette, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jay was always so kind to Wayne and also to my late husband Moe and I. May he rest in peace and may God Bless you and keep you in his prayers.

  27. Barbara Calder says:

    Jeannette, so sorry to hear , my thoughts are with you, Barbara

  28. Libby and Steve Sabounjian says:

    So sorry to have lost such a kind and fun member of our community. Jay was a great example of uplifting spirit and will be missed. Our sympathy is sent to Jeannette and the whole family.

  29. David Newhouse jr says:

    My condolences to jeannette and family. Jay was a very big part of my dads life. They played a lot of ball together through the years. My dad (David sr.) was the “D” in J.D. Builders. I cut my teeth working with them on their construction jobs.
    I loved Jays dry sense of humor, and the funny stories I would hear from others.
    I have a lot of fond memories through the years. I will cherish them, and think of what good times we had because we knew him. I hope jay and my dad are talking about the good times, and getting ready to play their next game!

  30. Rt Rev and Mrs. Bill Murdoch says:

    Jeannette and Jay, We always thought of them together, always as the subject in the same sentence, Jeannette and Jay together. The pain of his loss or anyones loss at Christmas always seems harder. We, the folks on the Murdoch side of Jeannettes family, loved him as much as we loved Jeannette and that is saying a lot about the man.
    Christmas reminds us that God is not far away from our pain but has entered into our pain and taken up our suffering all the way to the cross. So the week we remember God became one of us to bring us home, we know that he is never far away from our pain, especially at Christmas.
    Sally and I love you Jeannette and all the great people of Wilmington Mass. where we had our start at the Wilmington Congregational Church and lived across from the Nichols Funeral home.
    Love and prayers to you all, Bill and Sally

  31. Mark Hutchinson says:

    I was so sad to hear about Jay. I loved how he loved life. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. Donna Benson says:

    Jeannette so very sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  33. Cheryl Gervais says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. I have you in my Thiughts and Prayers.

  34. Frank Callahan says:

    Jay I’m glad we met at Murray Printing. We had lots of good times. God bless your family.

  35. Sally Marrano says:

    Sending love & Prayers to his wife Jeanette & Family , Jay was such a wonderful person & Delight to be around. My Kids have such fond memories of him at all their Birthday Parties. God Bless Much Love Sally Chris Eden Josh & Christopher ??????????????????????????????

  36. Sharron Richardson says:

    Dear Jeanette, one of my fondest memories is of you and Jay as wonderful tour guides when I visited Boston. A day of street performers, history, beautiful sites – I would say that Boston is my favourite city. And, I got to drive the Duck, all thanks to you and Jay. I will remember him as a happy soul who naturally spread joy without even trying. Much love to you, and may your memories bring you some measure of peace XO

  37. Brenda J Crowe says:

    To Dana,and the rest of the Tighe family, I’m truly sadden by the loss of your father may you all have strength to get through this difficult time

  38. Ralph Newhouse sr says:

    Jeanette and Family.
    Sorry to here about Jay He was one of a kind A great competitor in whatever he did. Never forget the fun we had in town softball and the competition between him and Jack Pellerin. Hope. Jack Dave and him are together again. I learned life lessons from all of them

  39. Greg Vasil says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  40. Georgie says:

    Dear Jeanette,
    Carl and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our brother Jay. He was a special part of our family and will be forever missed. We have so many fond memories of time spent with you both. We will be here for you and the kids whenever you need us. Love Georgie XOXO

  41. Beth Ritchie Pidgeon says:

    To Peter and Paula, and to the entire Tighe Family, we send our thoughts and prayers. What a remarkable, well lived life!
    Beth and Bob Pidgeon

  42. Betty gervais says:

    Dear Jeanette,
    I am sorry for the loss of your husband. I never knew him but from reading all these entries it tells me he was a great and kind man. I remember you from Carlson R. E. and you are a very kind person also. Prayers for you and your family.
    Betty Gervais

  43. Rosemary Carriere says:

    Dear Jeanette,
    I just heard about the loss of your husband from my daughter-in-law Michelle
    Fenton Carriere. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. I met him once when you were selling my house in North Reading and new he was a special man in your life. I thank you for all you did for me and prayers go out to you and your family.

  44. Debra Arnold says:

    Our deepest condolences Jeanette to you and your family. Much love and peace.
    Debra and Scott Arnold

  45. Amanda reis says:

    To jay’s family:
    Jay had been of my regular customers at Dunkin’ Donuts for many years he was always a pleasure and quite the social man at
    The table of gentlemen he sat with I will
    Miss serving him and seeing him. Rest easy jay you will
    Be missed!

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