James E. Chisholm

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“Helen- Fred and I are so saddened to hears of Jims' passing. He was such a great guy, full of fun and love. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Fred and Moe Heise - Naples, FL

“Ann,Jayne, and Family Very sorry for your loss . ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Kevin Boyle - Wakefield, MA

“To All of Jim's Family Members, I worked alongside Jim when I was a Corp Mom and, my late husband John was a Quartermaster for St. Joe's Band,...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Maurie Haver - WAKEFIELD, MA

“so sorry to hear of jims passing the nicest golfer at quashnet valley golf course we will all miss him. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: bob perry - mashpee, MA

“Dear Helen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. So sorry we could not make it up to the funeral. We'll be in touch with you soon...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Ken Bogan - Bellingham, MA

“To All of Jims Loved Ones, Special memories come to mind when I think of Jim. My dads good friend back in the day. Rotary Club luncheons. Golf!...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Michael Brownson - Wakefield, MA

“Ann & Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like he was quite the man in all regards. Our love and thoughts are with you. Penny &...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Penny Beaumont - NH

“Dave and Family: With sincere sympathy, Charlene Dennehey ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Charlene Dennehey - Tewksbury, MA

“Dear Jim, My thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time.Your Dad sounds like he was an inspirational man who touched many ...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Steve Romsey - MA

“Dear Jim, Teri, Kelsey, Katie and Family: Thinking of you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Love you, Nancy and Calvin ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Navarretta - CT

“Jim, Terri and girls. Lynette and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad. In reading his obiturary its apparent that...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Vinny & Lynette LoDestro - NY

“Ann, Jayne, Jim, Helen - what a wonderful tribute written for Jim. He will surely be missed by so many. He was always a dear friend to Bill & I and...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Audrey & Bill Perry - FL

“Gramps... It was so hard to say goodbye and let you go...I know you are in a better place now. I love you and always will..... Laura ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Laura Gecoya - middleton, MA

“Jim Terry and family, So sorry for your loss. Warm Regards Pauline & Jerry Goodman ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Pauline Goodman - East Greenwich, RI

“Our condolences goes out to Jayne,David and entire family our prays and thoughts are with you all. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: LOUIS ROCCO & FAMILY - MA

“We are so very sadden by the news of Jim's passing and wish to let you and the family know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very,...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Joe & Margaret Curran - Mashpee, MA

“Jim and Terry, We are so sorry about the loss of your Dad. You have our deepest sympathy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Carolyn Leblanc - Lynnfield, MA


James E. Chisholm, of Mashpee and Naples, FL, a former longtime resident of Wakefield, died peacefully at the Lahey Clinic on Friday evening, October 19th surrounded by his loving wife of 60 years, Helen, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jim was the founder and former President of JC Marketing Associates of Wakefield. Jim was born in Woonsocket, RI on April 30, 1930 to Earl and Lucy (Reynolds) Chisholm. He was a 1947 graduate of Woonsocket High School, and attended the University of Rhode Island and Northeastern University where he perfected the craft that eventually led him to Wakefield. He joined the United States Army at the age of 19, serving in the Korean War, earning the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. In his early years, Jim was a milkman, a volunteer firefighter, and a news reporter before his professor offered him a job at the newly opened American Mutual Life Insurance Company in Wakefield. He moved his young family to Wakefield in 1958 and eventually opened his own business, Business Building Ideas in 1964. The company became J. Chisholm Associates, and eventually JC Marketing Associates when his two daughters joined him in the family business. Jim hit the ground running in his adopted hometown of Wakefield, becoming active in many civic and community organizations. He was among the founding members and officers of the Wakefield Little League, a past President of the Wakefield Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, a Past President and Director of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Jaycees, President of the St. Joseph's Church Holy Name Society, and was a member and Director of the Bear Hill Golf Club. He was named Man of the Year by both the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce and the West Side Social Club for his contribution to his community. He was also active in many professional organizations, including serving as the President of the Massachusetts Industrial Editors Association, a member of Toastmasters and was a professional/motivational speaker. Jim was a mentor to many students, fledging business owners and local/municipal officials many of whom became lifelong friends. He gave more than he received, a lesson that he passed on to his three children and seven grandchildren. He was a maverick and pioneer in the public relations field in the Greater Boston area, long before many people knew exactly what it was. Jim and Helen moved to Mashpee in the mid-1990s when he became active in that community, serving as a Trustee of the Quashnet Valley Condominium Association for many years, and as a member of the Mashpee Community Cable Access Board. He still found the time to work as a driver for a Mashpee business that transported seriously ill and infirm patients to their hospital appointments, brightening their day with his unique brand of humor. Although he said golf was his first passion, Jim's real passion was his family and extended family. In addition to Helen, whom he married on May 10, 1952, he was the father of three loving children: Ann E. Hadley and her fiancé John Smolinsky of Georgetown; Jayne M. D'Onofrio and her husband David of Wakefield; and James E. Chisholm and his wife Teresa of Lynnfield. He was the loving Gramps of seven grandchildren: Laura Gecoya and her husband David of Middleton; Lea Hadley and Michael Rassiccia of Wakefield; David D'Onofrio and his wife Stacey of Lynnfield; Daniel D'Onofrio and his wife Tara of Melrose; Erika D'Onofrio of Wakefield; Kelsey Chisholm and Kaitlyn Chisholm of Lynnfield. He was the devoted great-grandfather of three: Dominick and Daniel Gecoya, and Alexandra D'Onofrio. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and their families. He was predeceased by his brothers Earl and William Chisholm. Jim's generosity and commitment to life was second-to-none. He always paid-it-forward, never asking for anything in return. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of his family and friends. Funeral from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave, Wakefield on Wednesday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10am. Visitation for relatives and friends at the Funeral Home, Tuesday 4-8pm. Interment, Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Memorial contributions can be made to the James E. and Helen F. Chisholm Fund, c/o Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, P.O. Box 321, Wakefield, MA 01880.