James “Jim” Davey

March 27th, 2018

James J. Davey, “Jim”, age 90, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2018.

Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1927; he was the dear son of the late Martin and Annie Davey. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Cambridge.

At the age of 17, Jim enlisted in the United States Navy on September 19, 1944. During his active duty, Jim served aboard the USS Topeka as well as the USS Pasadena; he received several commendations including the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal that included two bronze stars. Jim was honorably discharged on April 25, 1946 and returned home to his family.

During his single years, Jim and his friends spent many summers at Hampton Beach where he met his wife Marguerite “Terri” Fortin. Jim and Terri married in September of 1954; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1959 and together they raised six children.

Jim was a hard worker and was always taking classes to improve his skills; in his early years he worked at the Navy Ship Yard in Charlestown before taking a position at Western Electric in Watertown. Jim worked as a PBX Inspector/Tester and retired in 1985.

Following his retirement, Jim was always willing to help his family and friends with any household projects they might be working on. He also loved his job as a school crossing guard making sure that the children got to school safely. He spent many hours in his yard gardening, bird watching and reading his daily paper on the patio to keep up with current events.

Every August 15th on his birthday, he was thrilled to be surrounded by his family and grandchildren to celebrate.

Jim and Terri especially looked forward to their many memorable trips around the country and cruises to Alaska, The Panama Canal and the Caribbean. Florida was also a favorite destination of his to escape to during our cold New England winters.

Jim will be remembered as a hard worker and a devoted family man; he went out of his way to help those in need. Jim will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was also extremely grateful and appreciative for all of the wonderful, caring and supportive people who were there for him during these last difficult years of his life.

Jim was the beloved husband of Marguerite “Terri” (Fortin) Davey, devoted father of Susan Harrison & husband Don and Bryan Davey & wife Karen all of Wilmington, Chris Davey & wife Sandra of North Andover, Peter Davey & wife Elaine of Groveland, Paul Davey of Dunstable and Joanne LaLiberte & husband Mark of Cary, NC. Loving Grandfather of Ryan Harrison & wife Richelle, Justin Harrison, Jimmy, Jenna, Bryan & Jason Davey, Cameron & Connor Davey, Ethan & Aidan Davey, Kevin & Patrick LaLiberte and great-granddaughters Madelyn & Colette Harrison. Cherished son of the late Martin and Annie (McGowan) Davey, dear brother of the late Kathleen Barry, John Davey, Owen Davey and Martin “Mattie” Davey. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, March 30th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment with Military honors will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in James’ memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “James “Jim” Davey”

  1. Lynda says:

    God’s speed Jim. One of a generation with values that are under rated today. I’m happy to have known you.

  2. Peggy Russo says:

    Auntie Terri, Susan, Bryan, Chris, Peter, Paul, and Joanne,
    Thinking of you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wonderful memories of our trips to the beach every year for his birthday. Watching him with Dad (Leo), and Uncle John, stroll the beach. May he RIP.

  3. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    Sissy, Sonny & Pee Wee are all together now, probably at the beach…! Lots of great memories I will treasure…

    “Death leaves a heartache
    no one can heal;
    Love leaves a memory no
    one can steal.”

  4. Ross Spinelli says:

    Chris and Sandy I am sorry for your loss my condolences to the family
    You are in my prayers..

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