Highly decorated US Army veteran

Published in the December 22, 2017 edition

MELROSE — James P. “Jim” Mooney, 85, LTC Army (retired), of Melrose, died at his home surrounded by his family on December 12.  Jim was the beloved husband of Claire M. (Tivnan) Mooney for 60 years. Loving father of Patricia E. Lambert and her husband A.J., Paula A. Smith and her husband Robert, Michael J. Mooney and his wife Laura, all of N.H., Mary Kate Perrotti and her husband David of Melrose, and Sean D. Mooney and his wife Shawntel of Okla.  Cherished grandfather of Michael, Anthony, Christopher, James, Nicholas, Steven, Alyssa, Andrea, Brian, Julie, Caitlin and Colleen. Great grandfather of Lyla and Lorenzo. Special Papa of Gately and Nevaeh. Caring brother of the late Charles, William, Edward and Louise Mooney and Mary Rogers. Brother in law of Robert Tivnan and his late wife Sheila and the late Edward Tivnan and his late wife Andrea.

Jim was born on July 14, 1932. He was the youngest child of Patrick and Mary Ellen and brother to Charlie, Mary, Billy, Eddie and Louise. He was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Clements High School, Class of 1950. Upon graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Army where he climbed the ranks, retiring in 1972 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Jim received many accolades throughout his military career, including the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal.

While home one weekend to attend a friend’s wedding, Jim met the love of his life, Claire Marie Tivnan. Jim and Claire were married on April 19, 1958. Their 60+ years together were filled with love, family, faith, and a lot of military moving. Each of their five children were born in different states where Jim was stationed.

After retiring from the Army, Jim went to work for Waldo Brothers Construction Inc., retiring after 25 years in 1997. During that time, he went to Northeastern University at night and received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Never one to stay idle for long, Jim then went to work for his son-in-law Bob at New England Auto Engineering in Tewksbury, working right up until this past November.

Jim was very active with the Knight of Columbus, Council 128, since moving to Melrose in 1972. He held several different positions, including Grand Knight and Financial Secretary. His Brother Knights held a special place in his heart.

Jim was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends. Since childhood, a favorite trip of his was spending time with family at White Horse Beach. Weekends spent at the Coast Guard Station in Nahant, a.k.a Papa’s Beach, the family’s annual week at Hampton Beach, hot summer days floating in Paula and Bob’s pool and trips up to Kate and Dave’s lake house. These memories were made even more special since he was usually surrounded by his 12 grandchildren, and most recently, his 2 great grandchildren.

His greatest love was his wife, Claire. Among their favorite things, Jim and Claire held a weekly date night on Friday nights at the Six Twenty-One. They enjoyed attending the North Shore Music Theater. And anyone driving up Bellevue Ave. at 5 o’clock was sure to see the two of them enjoying their manhattans on the front porch.

Jim was well loved and will be missed dearly.

Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, Dec. 17. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home was on Monday, Dec. 18, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose.  Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose, In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. U.S. Army Korean and Vietnam War Veteran. For directions and to sign online condolence visit www.gatelyfh.com.