Shrewsbury – James J. Hurley Jr. died Feb. 10, 2019 after a brief illness.
Born Dec. 29, 1932 in Worcester, son of the late James and Helen (McGillicuddy) Hurley, Jim moved to Emeraldale, his family’s farm in Shrewsbury, during junior high. He graduated from St. John’s High School, where, as an all All-City athlete, he captained both the football and baseball teams. Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame, class of 1954. He enjoyed returning to South Bend for reunions and for an annual football game with his son and grandson to see the boys play. Jim was a proud U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Alaska during the Korean War.
Jim met Anne, the love of his life, after Mass at St Mary’s where they married upon his return from service.
Jim’s career in the steel industry spanned several decades. He was president of Emerald-Ale Inc. which owned Belmont Liquors in Worcester and later worked at Hewlett Packard in Shrewsbury.
Jim and Anne enjoyed wintering on Marco Island. Gramp’s true passion was his grandchildren, never missing a school or sports event, the opportunity to drive them to any activity, or to take them to lunch at the Deli. Jim enjoyed playing senior softball for many years, and was instrumental in expanding the Shrewsbury team.
James was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Anne M. (Turnan) Hurley; an infant son, Paul; his parents, James and Helen (McGillicuddy) Hurley; his brother John Hurley; and sisters-in-law Jean, Marie, and Jeanne Hurley.
Jim is survived by his daughters, Annemarie Hurley, Colleen Gardner and her husband Scott of Shrewsbury; his son, James Hurley and his wife Patricia of Holden; his grandchildren, Caitlin, J. Joseph, Meaghan, Kristina, Eileen, Maura, Elizabeth, Victoria and Sheila; his great-grandson, Rory; his brother, David Hurley and his wife Dale; and nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Jim’s life by gathering for calling hours Friday, Feb. 15, from 4-7 p.m., at Britton Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Jim with a donation to Notre Dame Magazine, University of Notre Dame, 500 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or St John’s Food Pantry, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.