Published in the November 4, 2016 edition
James was born in Melrose on Aug. 23, 1947 to the late William T. and Mary L. (Gilfeather) Hackett. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary Grammar School, Melrose High School, Class of 1965, from the University of Massachusetts Boston campus and has been a lifelong resident of Melrose.
While in college, Jim worked at the Museum of Science at nights before working as a quality control engineer at NEC (Nippon Electronic Corporation) for many years. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Church and was always generous to veterans, especially the disabled American veterans. Mr. Hackett was a voracious reader, enjoyed reading six newspapers a week including reading The Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal every day. James had an eidetic memory, loved history and enjoyed current events, music and poetry.
He was the loving brother of William T. Hackett and his wife Mary Ann of New Jersey; Anne M. Hackett of Melrose; and the late Kathryn C. Hackett. He was the cherished uncle of William F. Hackett Jr.; Kristen A. Hackett and her husband Richard, both of New Jersey, and James Cyrus Hackett and his wife Valerie of Ohio. He was the dear and close friend of Thomas Priestley of California; and the late Richard Green formerly of Lynn. He is also survived by many wonderful coworkers and friends.
Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, Oct. 29, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church, Herbert Street, Melrose. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in James’ name to St. Mary Parish, Fatima Garden Fund, 46 Myrtle St., Melrose MA 02176. To send a message of condolence, please visit www.gatelyfh.com.