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James F. Stearns Jr.


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
James F. Stearns Jr. Obituary
James F. Stearns Jr., age 90, recently of Cohasset and summer resident of Dennis, died peacefully, Friday, May 5, 2017 at the South Shore Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Milton on March 29, 1927 to the late James F. and Dorothy (Hunt) Stearns. He was raised in Weymouth and was a graduate of the former Weymouth Vocational School, Class of 1944, where he learned the trade of automobile mechanic. He was a World War II veteran having enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an aircraft mechanic. Jim was a lifelong resident of Weymouth and a thirty year summer resident of Dennis. He recently enjoyed his stay and the caring staff at Sunrise of Cohasset. Following the war, Jim learned the tool and die making trade at the former Mass Trade Shops School and in 1948 joined the former L. Antonelli Iron Works Company in West Quincy. He began his career by working in the shop and later in the business office. He attended night school at Northeastern University and in 1956 received his engineering degree and was a member of the Sigma Epsilon RHO Honor Society. Jim excelled at all phases of the iron fabrication industry and ultimately became President of the L. Antonelli Iron Works. He retired in 1989 after forty-one years of service. After retirement, Jim remained in the industry by working with his son, Jim, and serving as vice-president of the J.F. Stearns Steel Erecting Company of Pembroke for many years. Jim was generous in sharing his time and talents with many professional, community and charitable organizations. He served as a director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and the American Institute of Steel Construction, was past president of the Mass Building Congress, past president of the Structural Fabricators of New England and past president of the Metal Fabricators of Greater Boston. He was a past president and an active fifty-three year Legion of Honor member of the former Kiwanis Club of Quincy. He was also a member of the Quincy Lodge of Elks, the Knights of Columbus and the Quincy American Legion Post 95. Jim and his late wife, Rena, attended Cursillo and were active at the Holy Cross Retreat House and My Brothers Keeper, both in Easton. Jim was a founding member of the golf tournament and also served on the Development Board of My Brothers Keeper. In 1988, he was honored as the Saint Coletta Humanitarian of the Year. An avid golfer, he was a member of the South Shore Country Club. Jim was a man of faith and was past president of the Sacred Heart Church Holy Name Society in Weymouth. He was dedicated to his family and enjoyed supporting all the various activities and accomplishments of his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of the late Rena A. (Antonelli) Stearns. Devoted father of James F. Stearns IV and his wife Donna of Boston, Rita S. Walsh and her husband William of Norwell, Larry E. Stearns and his wife Dianne of Hanover, Joseph F. Stearns and his wife Karen of Plaistow, New Hampshire and Maria S. Courtney and her husband Michael of Hanover. Loving grandfather of Melanie S. Karlberg and her husband Kevin, James F. Stearns V, Monica M. Ankener and her husband Steven, Peter J. Walsh, Matthew L. Stearns, Mark R. Stearns, Shawn J. Stearns, Nicole B. Stearns, Derek J. Stearns, Nicholas M. Courtney, James D. Courtney and the late Andrew W. Walsh. Cherished great-grandfather of Olivia Marie Karlberg. One of four siblings, Jim was brother of Beverly Dwyer of Weymouth and her late husband George, pre-deceased by Betty Hebert and her late husband V. Leslie, Barbara Farren and her late husband Ernest. Dear son-in-law of the late Larry and Josephine M. (DeLuca) Antonelli. Brother-in-law of Benjamin DiBona and his late wife Loretta of Weymouth, David Montani and his late wife Christine of Dennis, Marie Bradley and her late husband W. Thomas of Hingham and Larry J. Antonelli of Boston. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, 720 Broad Street, Weymouth at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Wednesday 4 | 7 p.m. Interment with military honors in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. For those who wish, donations in Jims memory may be made to My Brothers Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Published in The Weymouth News from May 8 to May 17, 2017
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