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James R. Busby

September 19th, 2013

James R. Busby, age 88, of Wilmington, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 18, 2013 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. 

James was born in Cambridge on January 20, 1925, the cherished son of the late George and Elizabeth (Doherty) Busby. James was raised in Somerville and was part of a large and loving family. While attending Somerville High School, he was drafted and enlisted in the United States Navy on March 29, 1943, during WWII. He proudly served aboard the USS Hall (DD-583) traveling throughout Europe and Asia. He received several commendations for his service to the country and was honorably discharged on January 28, 1946.   

After leaving the service, James married the love of his life, Norma T. Belliveau, on October 11, 1952 and they spent nearly 61 years together before her passing on August 9th of this year. James and Norma were always together. They were soul mates who truly loved each other. As a young couple, they moved from the city to Tewksbury where they lived for several years before settling in Wilmington for fifty years where they raised two wonderful children, Karen and Jim. James loved his family and always put them first. Working hard to provide for his family, James proudly spent many years as a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways and was a member of Teamsters Local #25 in Charlestown. He was very proud of his safe driving record and he received many awards for his driving skills.

 James enjoyed traveling and outings with family and friends. Whether it was a cruise, a trip to Foxwoods, a Red Sox game, or an outing for ice cream, he was always up for a good time. Family cookouts, celebrations, parties, and holidays were very special times for James.  He was known to be a prankster and a “big kid” at heart. He had a great sense of humor and many humorous memories were made whenever he got together with friends and the families of his brothers and sisters, the “Busby Clan.”  Many stories are still shared about their adventures and good natured fun.

James’s devotion to his wife was unwavering. He adored his children and their spouses, and when he became Grandpa/Papa he showered his grandchildren with unconditional love and support. James lit up whenever he was with them and cherished every moment they were together. He never missed a chance to spend time with his grandchildren, of whom he was so very proud.

James and Norma loved to go dancing. Whether it was ballroom dancing or square dancing, they always had a great time. James was also a lifetime member of the VFW in Medford and the Wilmington Senior Center where he enjoyed participating in their many activities, especially aerobics. In his spare time, James enjoyed gardening and grew beautiful flower gardens around his yard. He was an avid Red Sox fan and hardly ever missed a game no matter what was going on. James was very generous when it came to his time as he was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. James had a warm heart and always rooted for the underdog, even if he didn’t know that person. He will be remembered as a very joyful, loving, and compassionate man.

It goes without saying that James was deeply loved and “one of a kind” to his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who loved him.

James was the beloved husband of the late Norma T. (Belliveau) Busby, devoted father of Karen Diorio and her husband Jerry of Auburn, NH and James R. Busby Jr. and his wife Susan of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Kristen and Jason Diorio, Jamie, Katie, and Sarah Busby. He was the cherished son of the late George and Elizabeth (Doherty) Busby, dear brother of Elizabeth “Betty” Ober of Woburn, William “Billy” Busby of Nashua, NH, George Busby of Melrose, Robert “Bobby” Busby of Quincy, and the late Christine Viccario of Somerville, and Catherine “Kay”Hayden of Woburn. James is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 22nd from 4-8 p.m.

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9 Entries in Guest Book for “James R. Busby”

  1. terry collins says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Jayne Fitzgerald says:

    So Sorry My Heart goes out to all of you. I will miss him dearly. He was the Best Uncle! I loved him. He always made you laugh, he was the funniest person Ill ever know. He will always be in my heart and remembered for the thoughtful person he was. I Miss You Uncle James and I Love You So Much!!! HUGS

  3. Sandy Cote Martineau says:

    Karen , Jamie and family I am so sorry for your loss Jim was a great person always full of life I will miss him dearly.

  4. Nancy Ulbin says:

    Jamie, Karen and families. So sorry for your loss, and send condolences and love to you all Jimmy was a great man and loved everyone. He always loved to tease and make us laugh. I can not be there in person, but will keep you all in my heart.

  5. lou and Judy Marsolini says:

    Dear Karen, Jamie and families, What a beautiful description of Jim’ life, we are so sorry for your loss of both parents so close together but know that it’s the way they would want it to be. Always together forever. Sincerely. Lou and Judy

  6. SIMONEANDBERT RICE says:

    DEAR KAREN AND JAMIE,SOO SORRY YOU HAVE LOST SOO MUCH SO SOON ! WEHAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF BOTH .HAD GREAT FUN TIMES WITH JIM AND NORMA . WEALL KNOW THEY ARE TOGETHER AGAIN AND VERY HAPPY. LOVE BERT AND SIMONE

  7. SIMONEANDBERT RICE says:

    DEAR KAREN AND JAMIE,SOO SORRY YOU HAVE LOST SOO MUCH SO SOON ! WE HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF BOTH .HAD GREAT FUN TIMES WITH JIM AND NORMA . WE ALL KNOW THEY ARE TOGETHER AGAIN AND VERY HAPPY. LOVE BERT AND SIMONE

  8. Brian Bulger says:

    Dear Karen and Jamie,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. As child, I have fond memories
    of you Dad stopping over for coffee and donuts on Sunday morning to talk to my folks. He was always laughing and joking. Sincerely Brian Bulger

  9. Rich Bulger says:

    Dear Karen and Jamie, So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. May the many memories of jokes and laughter help you get through this difficult time. Your Dad truly loved life. My thoughts are with you all. Rich Bulger

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