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James P. Fahey

June 29, 1924 ~ February 24, 2018 (age 93)
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Born in Somerville on June 29th, 1924, James (Jim) Fahey grew up on Ibbetsen Street in Somerville, and attended Somerville High School. At the age of 19 he, along with several of his closest friends, entered the U.S. Army. After completing his basic training in Watsonville, CA he was stationed in the Philippines for 21 months. He served his country in World War II until its end in 1945. At that time, he returned to Somerville High School to complete his education, and earned his High School diploma.


Jim proudly worked first as a bus driver and later as a train guard for the MBTA, from which he retired in 1988. He and his late wife, Mary (O’Rourke) purchased a home in 1992 in Guilford, New Hampshire where they lived for many years before returning to Massachusetts to spend time with their children and grandchildren.


Jim took up skiing at the age of 50, and also enjoyed camping and biking in his spare time. He loved to travel by train into Boston for the day from his home in Central Mass, even into his early 90’s. His favorite eatery in Boston for many years was The No Name Restaurant on the waterfront. The staff and owner there came to know him over the years, and always welcomed him warmly. He and his family celebrated his 90th birthday there.


Jim will be remembered by his grandchildren, who called him Papa, for among other things, his love of McDonalds (“No tipping!”), the pleasure he would take in giving each of them a dollar, and his willingness to sometimes be silly to make them laugh.


Fahey, James P. in Worcester, formerly of Watertown & Somerville, February 24, 2018. Age 93. Beloved husband for 55 years of the late Mary R. (O’Rourke) Fahey. Devoted father of Paul J. of Somerville, Michael P. & his wife Denise of Holden, Eileen M. of Waltham, Stephen J. of Franklin, and Ann M. Russo & her husband Brian, Sr. of Holden. Loving grandfather of 8 grandchildren. Dear brother of the late Theresa Laffin, Claire Burns, and Margaret Leonard.


Funeral from the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St. Watertown on Thursday March 1st, at 8:00 AM, followed by Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Patrick, 212 Main St., Watertown at 9:00 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited.


Visiting hours Wednesday from 4-8 PM.


Interment Calvary Cemetery.


Retired employee MBTA. US Army Veteran, WWII.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in James’ name may be made to the Gavin Foundation, 675 East 4th St. South Boston, MA 02127 or at

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