James P. “Big Jim” Duggan

June 5th, 2020

James P. Duggan, known as “Big Jim” to his family and friends, age 77, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on June 5, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Jim was born in Wilmington on October 4, 1942; he was the dear son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret Duggan and a member of the large Duggan brood of 14 siblings. Jim was raised and educated in Wilmington; a “true townie” throughout his life.

Jim married Beverly Watters on December 2, 1966; the couple shared over 50 years of marriage and raised three wonderful children, James, Denise and Timmy. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren who he loved to have fun with and push their buttons to get them riled up. Jim also looked forward to the times that they spent at their home in Ossipee, New Hampshire where everyone always had a great time and many wonderful memories were made.

Jim was a hard worker throughout his life; he along with his brothers started Silver Lake Forms which they ran for several years before he and his brother “Pee Wee” created JP Forms Company which they ran for over 20 years. Jim then got an opportunity to go and work for Union Local #88 in Boston and went to work in the tunnels for many years until his retirement.

Following retirement, Jim, could often be found working on his antique car or any kind of car for that matter. He enjoyed working on his heavy equipment and machinery to get them “running smooth”, he loved scrapping at the Farm in Wilmington, gardening but according to his family he did not have a green thumb. Though retired Jim was an essential part of Duggan Brothers daily operations and will be greatly missed by all.

Jim could be best described as a simple guy; he was hardworking and could fix just about anything, he enjoyed having a good time and was known to be a “character” and he loved his family with all his heart. Jim will be greatly missed and will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

Jim was the beloved husband of Beverly J. (Watters) Duggan, devoted father of James Duggan & his wife Carol of Tewksbury, Denise Carney & her husband Steve of Wilmington and Timmy Duggan & his fiancé Erin Kilbride of Tewksbury. Loving “Grampa” of Christine, Meghan, Kevin, Danny, Timmy, Maddie, Joey and Olivia. Dear son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret (Howes) Duggan, brother of Catherine Reinold, Mary Bammarito, William Duggan, Michael “Mickey” Duggan all of NH, Margaret Melvin of FL, Grace Carroll, Thomas Duggan both of Wilmington, Charles Duggan of Tewksbury and the late Henry “Hank” Duggan, John Duggan, Francis “PeeWee” Duggan, Eugene “Gene” Duggan and Joseph Duggan. Jim is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to Calling Hours on Tuesday, June 9 th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Nichols Funeral Home 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887. All guests attending the visitation are asked to remain outside until a funeral attendant escort you into the funeral home. Masks are required in the funeral home. A Graveside Service will take place at immediately following Visitation at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “James P. “Big Jim” Duggan”

  1. Thomas D. Gates says:


  2. Gale Fullerton Judd says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.


  3. Heather Asang says:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

  4. Bob & Darlene Mauriello says:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. ??????

  5. Kelly (Duggan) LeBlanc says:

    Our deepest condolences for your loss.

  6. Jennifer McNeal says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss.
    Lots of love and prayers

  7. Nancy - Jenni’s Mom says:

    May the memories be with you forever. So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers ??????

  8. Bob Smith says:

    Jim, Carol, Kevin and Chrissy – I’m so sorry for your loss. Words never really do anything to ease the pain of suffering or loss but please know that his life made such an impact on very many as I learned from his obituary and there’s meaning and love in there. He’ll always be in your hearts and minds and that is the greatest way to honor his life. My best wishes to your family as you go through this very tough time.

  9. James duggan says:

    To the Duggan family, At a time like this words seem so small . I know all to well the suffering that you are feeling. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in the memories you all share
    RIP Jim
    Our sincere condolences to all of you.
    Mark & Marie Forster

  10. Jan Duggan says:

    Beverly and Family, Sorry to hear about the passing of Jimmy, your husband and Dad to James, Denise, and Timmy. Sad to hear of another clan cousin’s passing. Keep photos out from happier times; it has certainly helped me in the past and the present. Hope it helps you all to know that others care about you and your feelings. RIP Jimmy. Cousin Jan

  11. Alice Newell says:

    RIP Jim!!! Thoughts and prayers to the entire Duggan family!!????????????????

  12. SANDRA GREEN says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of uncle Jim. He was always a regular visitor of my dad, his brother (Hank) in Canterbury and was always a welcoming happy face. He will be missed by many.
    I am so sorry Bev, lil Jimmy, Denise, and Tim. RIP Uncle Jimmy :(

  13. Ken ott says:

    My condolences to jim an tim Duggan and family RIP Jim Mr Duggan .
    I am sorry for your loss

  14. Lorraine Crosby says:

    So sorry for your loss

  15. Patty-Jo Hanley says:

    Beverly and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Jim. My heart breaks for all of you. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  16. Sandra Rogers says:

    Rest in peace

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