James F. Melvin, age 71, of Braintree, formerly of Dorchester, entered into eternal rest March 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband and lifetime friend for 52 years of Jeanne (Carter) of Dorchester; and devoted father of Christine Carmody and her husband Robert of Canton, Judi Conners and her husband Paul of West Bridgewater, and Suzanne Loughlin of Easton; loving grandfather of Jake and Andrew Conners of West Bridgewater, Sean, Amanda, and Amelia Loughlin of Easton and Robert and Kate Carmody of Canton; loving son of David Melvin and Mary and Jack Walsh; brother of the late David Melvin, Regina Donovan and John Melvin. Also survived by his sisters, Gloria Whalen of Dorchester and Mary Hilliard of Easton; and brothers, Thomas Melvin of Stoughton and Paul Melvin of Rockland; and many nieces and nephews. He was the cherished and loyal friend of Paul McDevitt and John Christian. Also, friend of Bill W. Jim was a substance abuse counselor and a former member of Teamsters Local 25. He dedicated much of his life to helping others overcome addiction and find purpose and serenity. Jim helped establish the Wyman Re-entry Program at the Long Island Shelter in Boston to support those making the transition to a new and better life and was also passionate about organizing fundraisers for his favorite charities. He was an avid sports and entertainment enthusiast who enjoyed having fun and laughing with family and friends at games, concerts, and other events - professional, amateur or those of his grandchildren. Funeral from the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., Milton Village, Friday, March 7, at 9 a.m. A celebration of Jims life will be held at a funeral Mass of Christian burial in the Church of St. Peters, 311 Bowdoin Street, Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. For those who wish, donations in Jims memory may be made to Edwina Martin Recovery House for Women, 678 North Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301, one of the charities he loved most.