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LYDON, James M. Formerly of Waltham, Wayland and Boston, passed after a brief illness at the age of 87 on July 31, 2016 in York, SC. During the Korean War, served as a First Lt. in the Air Force as an Electronic Counter Measures Officer. He served Boston Edison in many capacities for 37 years, retiring as Chief Operating Officer in 1987. He was greatly respected by colleagues and business associates for his calm, logical presence involving labor relations and contract negotiations and settlements for three locals of the Utilities Local of America. Jim was a Registered Professional Engineer, graduated from MIT and Harvard Business School. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Nuclear Energy Council, Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Electric Institute of Boston, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mass. Electric and Gas Institute, Mass. Taxpayers Foundation, Shawmut Bank of Boston and was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Public Relations Society of America and CIGRE - U.S. National Committee. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be missed at the Clover Club in Boston, Framingham Country Club and at New England Patriots games; he was a season ticket holder for many years and former President of the Stadium Club. A member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co., National Rifle Assoc. and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The husband of Jean (Coggar) Lydon of Marlborough, Jim was raised in Belmont; the youngest and last living of 7 children of Joseph and Winnifred (Duggan) Lydon. As a devoted father he leaves behind 6 children - Richard and his wife Diane of Townsend, Carol Lydon and Richard Cook of Palmer, Jay and his wife Sue of York, SC, Joseph Lydon and his wife Betty of Waltham, John and his wife Alberta of Phoenix, AZ and Ellen Oliveira and her husband Paul of Ashburnham. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services private.
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 14, 2016
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