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Retired former First Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Joseph James Hurley, 88, of Framingham, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at Twin Oaks Care and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers, surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Jean F. (Welch) Hurley in 1996. He was born Sept. 13, 1922, the son of the late former Boston City School Committee Chairman and former assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph James Hurley and Irene Louise (Hines) Hurley. A Boston College Triple Eagle, Mr. Hurley graduated from Boston College High School, Class of 1939, and received his bachelors degree from Boston College, cum laude, Class of 1943. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an administrative NCO with the 492nd Air Service Group of the 9th Air Force and was stationed in the European Theatre from 1945 to 1946. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army, he graduated from Boston College Law School, cum laude, Class of 1949, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar as a practicing trial attorney in the same year. Mr. Hurley continued his studies, graduating from Harvard Law School, with a master's of law degree, Class of 1956. He had a diverse career as an attorney which included education responsibilities as a lecturer in law at the Boston College School of Business Administration, a Faculty Fellow at Harvard Law School, as well as a Professor of Law and Lecturer in Law at Suffolk Law School. Mr. Hurley served for many years as counsel to the Civil Defense Agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before his appointment as First Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Hurley served as chief of the Administrative Law Division in the attorney generals office. Mr. Hurley argued on behalf of the Commonwealth before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Branzburg v. Hayes in 1972. Mr. Hurley retired as a partner at the law firm of Nutter, McClennen and Fish in Boston. Mr. Hurley was also committed to serving his community. He was recognized as a knight hospitalier of St. John Jerusalem-Knights of Malta, served on the United Way of Massachusetts Bay Support Policies Committee, and served as chairman of the board of directors for the Catholic Charitable Bureau of Boston. He was the director of the Boston College Alumni Association from 1982 to 1984, and served as the chairman of the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals. Dedicated to his church, he was a lector and CCD instructor at both St. Jeremiahs Parish in Framingham and St. Anselms Parish in Sudbury. Mr. Hurley was also a member of the Holy Name Speakers Bureau and the Archdiocese of Boston Cardinals Ad Hoc Committee. He enjoyed reading, traveling and studying both history and languages. His biggest pleasure was spending time with his family. Mr. Hurley is survived by five children, Elisabeth J. Lisa and her husband, Robert Gravel, of Salem, David J. Hurley and John J. Hurley, both of Framingham, Mary V. Gosselin and her husband, Raymond, of Vineyard Haven, Margaret J. Hurley of Grafton; five grandchildren, Sarah Hurley of Framingham, Meaghan Reckis of Salem, Carl Gosselin of Vineyard Haven, Michael Joseph and Mary Elisabeth Stygles of Grafton; one great-grandchild, Marissa; a brother, James P. Hurley of Pennsylvania; cousin and lifelong friend, Dr. Robert D. Blute of Shrewsbury; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Robert J. Hurley; his daughter, Susan J. Hurley; two brothers, Boston Municipal Court Judge, The Honorable Walter J. Hurley and Boston City School Committee member, George F. Hurley; two sisters, Margaret and Mary Virginia Hurley. His funeral will be held Wednesday, May 11, at 9 a.m., at the Duckett |J.S. Waterman & Sons, Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Road, Rte. 20, Sudbury. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., at St. Anselms Parish, 100 Landham Road, Sudbury. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Catholic Charitable Bureau, 75 Kneeland St., Boston, MA 02111 or Hospice of Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Published in MetroWest Daily News from May 7 to May 9, 2011
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