Falmouth – James F. Hinchey, 88, formerly of Shrewsbury, died Monday, June 11, 2012, surrounded by his family, at The Heritage of Falmouth. He fought heart failure with his “typical positive attitude.”
He is survived by his two sons, Robert Hinchey, and his wife, Denise, of Falmouth, their four children, Timothy Hinchey of N Attleboro, Jillian Hinchey of Somerville, Scott MacGillivary of Tiverton, R.I. and Michael MacGillivary of Worcester, and Stephen Hinchey and his two children, Jennifer and James of Burlington, VT. Mr. Hinchey is also survived by a sister, Margaret McCusker of Waltham, and several nieces and a nephew. He was blessed to have been married to Dorothy Hinchey, his wife of 51 years, who predeceased him in 1999.
He was born to the late Leo J. and Margaret Mary (O’Connor) Hinchey in Waltham, where he was raised and graduated from St. Mary's High School. Studies were interrupted when he enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II, where upon graduating from officer training school as a pilot he was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in Europe, where he successfully flew the P47 Thunderbolt and P51 Mustang as a member of the 353rd Fighter Group based in Raydon, England.
Upon his return, he resumed his education, graduating from St. Louis University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He became a successful businessman, finishing his career as National Sales Manager for Nichols Division of Parker Hannifan Corporation.
Jim enjoyed his many summers with his family at Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, N.H., and also winters in Juno Beach, Fla. He was an avid fisherman, sports fan and cribbage player, and especially loved watching his Red Sox win two World Series, a feat he “never thought I’d witness after 1946.”
A calling hour will be held Friday, June 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury, followed by an 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Interment with full military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
Memorial contributions can be made to Saint Mary's Church Capitol Campaign Fund, 20 Summer St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.