Obituaries

James W. Boudreau, Sr.

November 30th, 2019

James W. Boudreau, Sr., “Jim”, age 88, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lowell General Hospital on November 27, 2019.

Jim was born in Malden, MA on January 5, 1931; he was the dear son of Ulysses and Catherine Boudreau. Jim was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. Jim was always proud of his country even as a young boy; while in High School he was very involved in the Navy Cadet Program and following graduation he went on to enlist in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Jim was an Airplane Mechanic for the Air Force; he earned a rank of a Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in April of 1956 and returned home to his family.

Jim married his “sweetheart” Fern Marie Cray on June 10, 1961; the couple shared more than 52 years together before her passing in August of 2013. Jim and Fern moved to Wilmington in 1966 where they raised three sons; Jamie, George and Todd. Jim enjoyed spending time with “his boys” and was so proud of them; he was very involved in their sports especially Wilmington Youth Hockey where he donated his time and talents to help all the kids and the program. Jim loved to take his family camping all over New England throughout the years; everyone always had a great time.

Jim worked hard to provide for his family; he was self-employed as an electrician before a stroke disabled him at an early age. Jim fought hard to get back on his feet along with the help of his family and together they made the best of their new circumstances and had a many great times together throughout the years.

Jim and Fern retired to the “sun and fun” of Valrico, Florida where they made many good friends and had some great times through the years.

Jim was a great story-teller and could keep a captive audience with his great stories and knowledge of current events.. Jim was also known for his “sweet tooth” and enjoyed all kinds of desserts.

Jim will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” and a wonderful family man; he faced life’s challenges with perseverance and never gave up; a true inspiration with a positive attitude to carry him through. Jim will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim was the beloved husband of the late Fern M. (Cray) Boudreau, devoted father of Jamie Boudreau & his companion Lisa Johnson of Tewksbury, George Boudreau & his wife Joanne of Round Rock, TX and Todd Boudreau & his wife Rana of Wilmington. Loving “Gramps” of Lindsey, Jennifer, Phillip, Gregory, Hunter and Charlie Boudreau. Cherished son of the late Ulysses and Catherine (Pothier) Boudreau, dear brother of Robert Boudreau of Malden.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 4th for Visitation from 3:00-7:00 p.m. which will conclude with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Blaire House Patient Resource Fund, 10 Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA 01876.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “James W. Boudreau, Sr.”

  1. Patti & Lloyd Park says:

    So sorry to your family on the loss of your Dad. We remember him & your Mom fondly. Prayers to all of you.

  2. Jane woods says:

    My thoughts are with you.

  3. The Cohan family says:

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jamie, Lisa and the entire Boudreau family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for this very difficult time.
    John, JoAnne and Cassidy Cohan

  4. Frank West says:

    To the Boudreau family- Karen and I are saddened at the loss of your dad. We offer our deepest sympathies to the Boudreau family.

  5. Betsy (Palmer) Feeley says:

    To the Boudreau Family-

    Fond memories of both your Mom and Dad at the hockey games when my brothers played with you. Sending prayers to all of you at this time.

  6. Dawn Sherman says:

    Very sorry for your loss.

  7. Kevin Sutton says:

    To the Boudreau family, The Suttons are so sorry for your loss, Jim and Fern were great hard working people and would help you out anytime. I offer my condolences and my prayers to you.

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