James Robert Landry

August 27th, 2018

James Robert Landry, “Jimmy”, age 62, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife Heather at his side following a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Jimmy was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on May 6, 1956; he was the dear son of the late Gus and Lorraine Landry. Jimmy was raised and educated in Wilmington and was part of a tight-knit family.

Following graduation from high school, Jimmy, met the “love of his life” Heather MacDonald; from that point forward they were inseparable.

Jimmy worked hard and was a talented carpenter, in 1989, Jimmy and Heather departed for Charleston, South Carolina where he would be part of the rebuilding process following Hurricane Hugo’s destruction to the area. The couple lived in the Charleston area for a few years before relocating to Georgia where they resided for 15 years and made many new friends. Jimmy and Heather never forgot their roots so about 14 years ago they moved back ”home” to the Wilmington area to be closer to their families.

Jimmy continued his construction work and took a position with his friends at the Gearty Brothers Construction Company in Wilmington where he was employed until his illness forced him to retire.

Jimmy was a “good guy”; he was loyal, kind, and generous to a fault. Jimmy would give you the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket if you needed it; he never turned anyone away. He enjoyed following all Boston and New England sports teams. Jimmy had a quiet demeanor, but a great sense of humor and he loved a good joke.

Most of all Jimmy loved his wife, his family, and his friends with all his heart; he cherished the times they spent together and made countless memories throughout the years. Jimmy will forever be in the hearts of those he loved, and he will be greatly missed.

Jimmy was the beloved husband of Heather A. (MacDonald) Landry of Billerica, the cherished son of the late Gustave F. and Lorraine M. (Forrest) Landry, dear brother of Ed Landry of Haverhill, John Landry and his wife Pamela of Florida, Dottie Landry of Vermont, Missy Surette and her husband Mike of Nashua, NH, Joe Landry and his wife Cindi of Medford, the late Margo (Landry) Doucette and the late William Landry and his wife Susan Landry of Billerica. Jimmy is survived by his special godchildren Devin and Chase Champagne 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, September 8th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 7th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Str., Framingham, MA 01701.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “James Robert Landry”

  1. Jessica and Sophie says:

    I did not know jimmy well, however my daughter Sophie did, Heather was Sophie’s caretaker for several years and not a week went by without me hearing a story about jimmy.. he hung our ceiling light in our apartment for us, he brought by a tv when ours broke and he was always swinging by with pocket money and sweets for both his love heather and my little girl..Jimmy you left an indelible mark in my life and I am truly grateful

  2. Kelly Hersom Michaud says:

    So sorry to hear this. It’s been a long time since I seen you Heather. Take care of yourself turning this difficult time.

    Kelly Hersom Michaud

  3. Mike Shay says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. He was a true friend and will be sorely missed. I met Jimmy in 1980. I was a 19 year old kid first job working in construction. We were at a job in Lynn. A guy’s neighbor got a McCulloch chainsaw for Christmas and proceeded to cut down the granddaddy of all oak trees that was in his backyard. When he did it fell on the neighbor’s house and cut the whole corner off of the house. We were there to rebuild it. I had a load of lumber on my shoulder and I was walking around the back of the house when all of a sudden a giant snowball fell from the sky. This thing had to be 4 or 5 feet around. It dropped me to the ground and bout near knocked me unconscious. It was like being hit by an avalanche. I was laying flat on my back and when I opened my eyes there were Jimmy Johnny and Eddie up on the porch roof belly laughing. I got up and told him what I thought about it. That was my initiation into the wonderful world of construction…It was a test and I passed it, I became a member of the crew. Since then he’s always been someone that I could rely on and Trust. He always went out of his way to help me. And he always made me laugh. I’m going to miss you Mutt.

  4. Susan Pellerin says:

    Dear Heather-
    I am so very sorry to hear your beloved husband lost his battle. My heart breaks for you but trust me when I tell you that you will know he is right by your side when you need him the most. “May Jimmy always shine down over you from heaven”!!
    Love your surrogate sistah Sue
    God Bless to All!

  5. Kathy Boylen says:

    To the entire Landry family

    I am so sorry to hear that Jimmy has passed away I have known him since the 70s although I had not seen him in years. I hope you find peace in the memories you all share. He will be met by his family that passed before him and they will all be together again. My sincere condolences.

  6. Kim McDonough-Gawron says:

    Very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. God bless him and his family. Sorry for your loss Heather.

  7. Laura Palino says:

    Joe — We are so sorry for your loss. It’s been a rough few months for you, but you are brave and kind and God hears your prayers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. As in the past, we are here for you if you need listening ears or a shoulder to lean on.

    With love & friendship: Rob, Laura, Chris, & Angela Palino

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