Published in the September 28, 2018 edition

SAUGUS — James E. “Jim” Grayson, 79, returned home to God joining his beloved daughter Kathy Abramo on September 22, 2018.

Jim was born in Cambridge on February 24, 1939 to the late John J. and Margaret Alice (Donaghy) Grayson. He was raised in Cambridge, graduated from Cambridge Ringe & Latin High School and attended Bentley College. He was the director of grants and contracts at MIT, the New England Medical Center for 16 years and finished his career at the Beth Israel Deaconess Center in Boston.

Jim lived in Stoneham for many years and the past 15 years in Saugus. Mr. Grayson was a member of several professional organizations in his field, enjoyed his trips to Cape Cod and the Caribbean, was an avid reader and enjoyed reading books on WWII. Jim was a man of integrity, modesty, patience and had a great sense of humor. Jim loved to travel, try new restaurants but most of all he loved his family. The world is a sadder place without Jim Grayson.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Mary Ann (Santangelo) Grayson. Loving father of the late Kathy Abramo and her husband John of Melrose to whom we are ever so grateful for so many things. Caring brother of Alice Bonner and her late husband Gene of Maine and Susan Grayson Johnson and her husband Larry of Sudbury and the late John Joseph Grayson. Caring uncle of Susan Dearborn, Rebecca Johnson and the late Michael Bonner.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, September 27 from 12 noon – 2 p.m.. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services and interment will be private. Please omit flowers, contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Attn: Hematology and Oncology Department, 41 Mall Rd. Burlington, MA 01805. To send a message of condolence please visit