U.S. Army veteran and Double Eagle;  loved celebrating life’s moments

Published April 1, 2021

NORTH READING – James J. Timoney, 82, of North Reading and formerly of Malden, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 27, 2021 after a long illness.

Born in Boston on September 13, 1938, he was the son of the late Peter and Nora (Regan) Timoney. James was a graduate of Boston College High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Boston College, making him a “Double Eagle.” He was a U.S. Army veteran and served honorably from 1961-1966.

James worked at Travelers Insurance Company (Citigroup) in Property and Casualty Claims for 34 years until he retired in 1990. Prior to his career at Travelers, James worked for Jordan Marsh as a toy buyer. He was a resident of North Reading for 55 years and a member of St.Theresa’s Church.

A devoted husband and father, James is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia A. (Marshall) Timoney; his son Jeffrey and his wife Dena; his daughters, Deborah and Susan and her husband Larry. He was the proud grandfather of Ashleigh, Katherine, Alexia and Robert; the brother of the late Mary Timoney; and brothers-in-law Robert and Paul Marshall.

James loved being surrounded by family. He enjoyed celebrating life’s moments, big and small, and was never without his camera. He loved the holidays, especially Christmas, as well as shopping for the perfect gift and a few treats or surprises to make you smile. He always sent cards on birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions, and loved buying flowers and stuffed animals. James enjoyed spending time in the yard, gardening, grilling, going for car rides and family trips.

Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the CCS/North Reading Food Pantry, 150 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA 01864. Donations can be made online at https://nrfoodpantry.org/donate-1 or to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html. Arrangements are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.croswellfuneralhome.com.