James J. Culhane, 68, of Marlborough


James J. CulhaneMarlborough – James J.  “Jim” Culhane, 68, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, after a brave battle with cancer. Jim was the husband of Karen (Doyle) Culhane, to whom he was married for 29 years.

He was born in Boston, the son of the late James J. and Eleanor (Flanagan) Culhane, and moved to Marlborough after getting married.

Jim was a graduate of Boston College High School, class of 1968, and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He worked many years as a logistics analyst for many companies, including BJ’s Wholesale Club, Citizens Bank and Dover Saddlery, until retiring in 2017.

Jim was an avid bridge player and was a Bronze Life Master of the American Contact Bridge League. In his later years, he enjoyed passing on his knowledge of bridge through teaching classes on the game to people eager to learn. He also enjoyed playing, and usually winning, Cribbage with his family and friends.

Always the true “gentle giant,” Jim’s size belied the true thoughtful, gentle, well-spoken gentleman he truly was. Jim could spend hours holding court about many topics.  Some of his favorites were books, classic Rock and Roll music, trivia and the New England sports teams. Besides his family and friends, his greatest love may have been the Boston Red Sox. Jim was an avid fan of “at home karaoke”, where his singing prowess could truly be appreciated.

Jim will truly be missed by all of his family and friends.

Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, James J. and Matthew V. Culhane, both of Marlborough; four brothers, Joseph Culhane of Winchester, Thomas Culhane of Baltimore, Md., Andrew Culhane of Arlington, and Robert Culhane of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Vincent Culhane, and a sister, Mary Culhane.

His funeral will be held Tuesday, June 5, at 11 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will be at a later date. Visiting hours will be held Monday, June 4, from 5-8 p.m., in the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Dana Farber Cancer Center, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or the Fidelity House, 25 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474.