Marlborough – James R. “Jim” Bush Jr., 93, died June 14, 2018 with his loving wife, Jean (Couto) Bush, by his side. Jim and Jean were together for 26 years. He was also the husband of the late Patricia C. (Riordan) Bush.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late Imre and Rozsa (Szur) Bush, and lived in Framingham for many years before moving to Marlborough in 1993.
Jim was a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, class of 1946, and Cornell University, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, He then served in the United States Navy during WWII reaching the rank of Ensign.
Jim worked many years as a manufacturer’s representative for the Stoddard Corp. and J.P. Adams Company for many years before retiring at the age of 75.
Jim was very proud of his Hungarian heritage, and served as an interpreter for refugees in 1956. He also spent time in the Philippines.
Jim had a passion for golf, volunteering as a marshal for 18 years at Pleasant Valley golf course in Sutton. For 21 years, he swam at Wayside Racquet and Swim Club. In 2011, he was awarded the George Fortin Fit for Life Award. He continued to swim into his 90s.
His greatest joy throughout his life was spending time with family and friends, particularly traveling around the world. After retiring, he enjoyed trips and cruises with senior centers. Jim could be found playing pitch several times a week.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Mark Bush and his wife Maria Santana Bush and Gregg Bush and his wife Elaine; three daughters, Kathleen Bush and her wife Mary Ritchie, Jacqueline Flynn and her husband David, and Eugenia Stevens and her husband Donald; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Buckley, Ryan and William Bush-Ritchie, Christina Bush, Tyearsky Ferguson, and Connor and Kylie Flynn; and two great-grandchildren, Brian and Caleb Buckley. He is also survived by Jean’s children, Eric and Angie, Renee and Scott, and Adam, and her seven grandchildren, EJ, Mia, Amanda, Dominic, Jared, Aiden, and Natalia.
His funeral will be held Friday, June 22, at 9 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery of Marlborough. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, June 21, from 5-8 p.m., at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough.
Memorial contributions can be made to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609.