JAMES PATRICK MCDERMOTT
1930 - 2018
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McDERMOTT, James Patrick Those of you who had the privilege in knowing James Patrick McDermott had the true honor to meet a man of integrity, intellect and love. James (Jimmy…Jim…Dad…Papa) was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on January 25, 1930. He graduated from Boston College and went on to receive a M.A. in statistics from Columbia University. While a private in the Army, Jim quickly put his degree to work by collaborating with three fellow soldiers/ mathematicians in developing what is considered the first legitimate card-counting system that they eventually published in the book 'Playing Blackjack to Win'. While he never earned a dime on the 'Vegas tables' from his efforts, he and his fellow statisticians, known as 'The Four Horsemen of Aberdeen', where inducted into the Blackjack Hall-of-Fame in 2008 for their pioneering work. Jim went on to a distinguished career at IBM that lasted 33 years. While in New York City, Jim met the love of his life Diane Hardman. Their marriage on November 17, 1956 lasted nearly 62 years and had them travel the world from Little Rock to Lithuania; Botswana to Boise; Yellowstone to Yugoslavia, among hundreds of other places, rubbing elbows along the way with the likes of Olympic Athletes, African elephants and philosopher Mortimer Adler. Their union produced five children he affectionally referred to as Jeanie, Jimmy, Mark, Joanie, Marty. Jim's family expanded with the addition of each son/daughter-in-law and he loved Sean, Laura, Amy, David and Jeanne as if they were one of his own. His true joy came when he became 'Papa' and his focus and spoils turned to Kristin, Ciaran, Emma, Colleen, Lauren, James, Madeline, Dana, and Connor. Jim's huge heart, tremendous kindness, and sense of playfulness will live on in his wife, children and grandchildren. They will always picture him on the deck overlooking Cape Cod Bay after making the perfect 'Papa G&T'. Jim will also be remembered by his sister Miriam, his beloved sister-in-law Virginia and several nieces and nephews and their families. A celebration of Jim's life will occur on November 10th at the Royal Sonesta Boston at 40 Edwin Land Boulevard in Cambridge, MA from 1 to 5 pm. All are welcome to share their recollections of this great man. If you would like to honor Jim's life, donations can be made in his name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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Published in Boston Globe from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, 2018.
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December 24, 2018
So sad to read this article but glad to have known you both such fond memories of Jim and Dianne Esther Robbins
Esther Robbins
November 10, 2018
We are so grateful for all the good times we had together, from our extraordinary meeting through Margaret and Bernard Jones , through our many dinners and giggles, July 4th celebrations on the Cape. Thank you Diane, and much love to you all, Pam and Dave Driscoll
Pam and Dave Driscoll
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November 9, 2018
This obituary is a mic drop. What an extraordinary tribute to an extraordinary man who lead an extraordinary life. Sending endless vibes of love and peace to everyone who loved Jim -- especially to his daughter and my treasured friend Joan and to Diane who was always standing next to Jim every time I saw them since we met 28 years ago. I know that proximity truly represented the unwavering support Diane was to Jim throughout their 62 years together right up until he took his last breath.
Kel Kelly
November 8, 2018
Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.









November 7, 2018
Knowing Jim and his family for the last 36 year has been a gift. Time with him was always fun and somthing to look forward and I am grateful we could do this as often as we did, but then it was never often enough! Always interesting, always interested in others and life, always accepting with a wonderful smile and laugh. How he is missed, but the memories sustain me at this time. Love to the family.
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November 7, 2018
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November 5, 2018
Jim was a great guy and a long term client who I worked with while I was a Citigroup and now at UBS Financial Services for over 15 years. He was always a pleasure to deal with and he will be missed.
Thomas McKelvey
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November 4, 2018
Jim was the most upbeat , smart, fun, warm, good friend. I am so lucky to be able to call him FRIEND. To say I miss him...understatement. He lit up a room....his love of life was over the top.....he was THEEEE best friend, best host, ...........the world is a lesser place without you, JIM.
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