James J. MurrinDecember 6, 2017
MURRIN, James J., 88, of Florida, Marshfield and Dorchester, died peacefully on December 6, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret R. (Caulfield). Loving father of James J. Jr., and his wife Lorraine of Marshfield, Kathleen and her husband Paul Guinee of Cohasset and Helen and her husband Kevin Tarpey of Cohasset. Cherished grandfather ‘Papa Jim’ to James P., Olivia, Felicia and Timothy Murrin, Aisling, Paul Jr., Christine and Thomas Guinee, and Austin and Cecelia Tarpey.
Born in Dorchester, he was the devoted son of John Henry and Helen Gertrude (Quimby) Murrin. Though an only child, he grew up with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jim was a very proud 69+ year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, I.B.E.W., Local 103, and of the National Electrical Contractors Association, N.E.C.A., where he had a rewarding and successful career as a Master Electrician. He was also employed at the M.B.T.A. for 25 years. In 1974, he founded Aetna Fire Alarm Service Company when he saw a need for providing code-compliant fire alarm life-safety installations and inspections.
Like many millions of Americans during World War II, Jim considered himself a patriotic person. At the age of 16, Jim persuaded his mother’s best friend to sign the enlistment papers as his mom and became a U.S. Marine. After boot camp, he was sent to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina where he was honorably discharged in May of 1947. Jim was an active member and Past Commander of the John P. McKeon Post #146 AMVETS.
Proud brother-in-law of Nancy Hearn of Severna Park, MD, the late Francis Caulfield, Catherine & Jim Lawlor, Helen & Joe Mulherin, Mary & Donald Coombs, Robert Hearn, and James & Angela Caulfield. Proud uncle to many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.
He loved to travel and on his last trip to Europe with his family three years ago, he thoroughly enjoyed visiting the World War II sites and Normandy. For over 50 years he spent his summers in Marshfield enjoying days on his boat and relaxing on Fieldston Beach with his family and friends—the door was always open at the cottage! He also spent the past 30+ years at their ‘winter escape’ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he and his wife enjoyed their time with other ‘snow bird’ friends from Boston.
Visiting hours in the John J. O'Connor & Son Funeral Home, 740 Adams St. (near Gallivan Blvd.) DORCHESTER, Sunday 2 to 6pm. Funeral Mass in St. Brendan Church Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Brendan School. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery.