Southborough – James “Jim” B. Haugen, 60, of Southborough, passed away Aug. 20, 2019 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Tak) Haugen for the past 26 years.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., he was the son of the late Belva Jean (Lastine) Haugen and Roger Haugen. Jim graduated from Bloomington Lincoln High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
He was an avid hockey player and a four-time qualified runner of the Boston Marathon. Jim was also a dedicated coach of several of his children’s sports teams, particularly, Triboro Youth Hockey and he deeply valued his Kronos colleagues and friends, the “Kronites.”
As a gentle, kind, and humble soul, he was widely known by all who knew him as “the nicest guy ever.” He always reminded his friends and family members to “savor” every moment. Jim loved nothing more than to spend time with family and his dogs; to watch Boston and Minnesota sports teams; and to skate at the rink with his Old Time Hockey team each week.
He was the very loving and devoted father of his three children, Sophie, Tom, and Nick. He is also survived by his brother, Dale Haugen of Minnesota; sister-in-law Eunice Bae, her husband Paul, and their children, Joshua and Andrew Bae of California; father-in-law Wayne Tak of California; and many aunts, uncles, cousins; and several lifetime friends.
The family will receive family and friends for visiting hours Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 15 Common St., Southborough.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Jim Haugen Memorial Hockey Scholarship, c/o Joan Haugen, P.O. Box 512, Southborough, MA 01772.
To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit www.morrisSouthboroughhome.com.