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James F. McGlinchy, 83 - Class of 1951

Wednesday, June 16, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: jenny campbell
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AUBURN James F. McGlinchy, 83, of Auburn and formerly of Westborough, died Saturday, June 12, 2010 in the UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, following an illness.

He leaves his wife of 5 years, Charlotte A. (Bourbeau) Arsenault McGlinchy; his nine children, James McGlinchy of Arlington, VA, John McGlinchy of Worcester, Anne McDonald of Auburn, Dennis McGlinchy of Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ, Christine Hayman of Chewelah,WA, Madelyn Lombard of Millbury, Martha Peck of Gypsum, CO, Tim McGlinchy of Brimfield and Patrick McGlinchy of Worcester; his sister, Alice Kelleher of Cherry Hill, NJ; his 29 grandchildren, his six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Madelyn M. (McKnight) McGlinchy in 2000. He was also predeceased by his brother, Rev. Edward McGlinchy, SJ, and his two sisters, Margaret McCarthy and Elizabeth A. Masterson. He was born in Jersey City, NJ, son of the late John H. and Martha M. (Gerrity) McGlinchy. He graduated from Saint Peter's Prep School and Saint Peter's College, both in New Jersey. Jim spent several years in the US Army Air Forces during World War II.

Following college, Jim began a long career in writing and public relations. He worked as a staff reporter for the Herald Tribune for three years; then he went on to work for General Dynamics, and later at their Electric Boat Division in Connecticut. He returned to New York and worked for ITT, then Warner Lambert Company, and then in 1970 he moved to Massachusetts to work for the American Optical Company. He left the corporate world and continued to write freelance articles for newspapers. One of his proudest accomplishments was the writing and publication of his first novel in 2007. "CANAL BOY" a history story based in Jim's grandfathers life on the Erie Canal. Jim also loved to read, enjoyed gardening and was a licensed pilot. He enjoyed his Irish heritage, and recently participated in Gaelic classes. Jim's greatest love was spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of North American Martyrs Parish in Auburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, June 15th from 5-8 PM in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 16th from the funeral home with a Mass celebrated at 11 AM in North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn. Following cremation, burial in Hillside Cemetery will be private.

Instead of flowers, Jim's family requests that memorial donations be made to the Fr. Edward McGlinchy, SJ Scholarship Fund, Saint Peter's College, 2641 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306.

For directions or to leave a personal message of sympathy for Jim's family, please visit: 

www.brittonfuneralhomes.com


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