Mr. James J. Medeiros 91, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Marco Island, Florida, beloved husband of Sara Clay (Winter) Medeiros, following a long illness passed away with his loving wife at his side at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Massachusetts. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Medeiros and Guiomar Pacheco. He was raised and educated in Cambridge, MA. An honorably discharged veteran, James served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific and a member of the Military Police. During the Korean War he served as a member of the United States Air force on a secret mission. During his military training he was associated with the Canine Special Forces Unit at Fort Royal, Virginia, training attack dogs to be used in combat. He served his country with the utmost valor. Coming back from the war he worked many years for Thibault Brothers Cadillac in Cambridge. Mr. Medeiros was the founder and proprietor of Peabody Chrysler-Jeep Automotive Sales on Rte. 114 in Peabody for over twenty-nine years until the time of his retirement in 2007. For many years James was known throughout the country for his progressive and professional manner in which he conducted his automotive dealership. His company earned many awards throughout the years for its success, commitment to community and advertising acumen. He was the proud father of "Pinky the Elephant" which drew much attention and notoriety to his successful dealership on Route 114. His long and highly successful career in the automotive sales industry included membership in the Massachusetts Auto Dealers Association and the 20 Group of the National Auto Dealers Association. A former resident of the Town of Danvers for over twenty year, James has resided at Ipswich Country Club since 1990. He was an award winning bowling champion called "Jumping Jim" in Peabody with many trophies to show it. He was an avid golfer who loved pursuing the perfection of his game daily on the driving ranges at Ipswich Country Club and Eagle Creek, both of which affectionately became known as the "Jimmy Medeiros Driving Ranges". He enjoyed spending his winters with his wife on Marco Island, Florida. He was a long time member of the Eagle Creek Country Club in Naples, FL, and currently the Hideaway Beach Club of Marco Island. He was a world traveler who had the good fortune of seeing much the world has to offer over his long and fruitful life. He was dedicated in all aspects of his life and lived his life to the fullest. He will be deeply missed. In addition to his loving wife Sara Clay (Winter) Medeiros of Ipswich and Marco Island, FL, James is survived by his daughters: Margaret M. Medieros of Danvers and Rhonda Sue Medeiros of Danvers; his sons, James J. Medeiros Jr. of Chelmsford and Stephen P. Medeiros of Danvers, his eight grandchildren, his three great grandchildren and three nieces. He was also the former husband of the late Marion S. (Hackworth) Medeiros who died in 1978, father of the late Michael J. Medeiros, brother of the late George and Joseph Medeiros, and uncle to the late John Medeiros. ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., (rte. 62) Danvers, Saturday at 8:15 A.M. followed by his funeral Mass in St. Richard's Church, Forest St., Danvers at 9 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting hours Friday from 4 to 7 P.M.. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in James' memory to the Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA, 01923 or to Avow Hospice of Naples, FL, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida, 34105. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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Published in The Danvers Herald from June 14 to June 21, 2012