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FRAMINGHAM – James M. Crosby, Sr., 78, of Framingham, Massachusetts, passed away on January 27, 2022.

Known as Jim to most, he was called Jimmy by his parents and most of his family, and Seamus by his Irish grandparents. Jim was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts on November 10, 1943.

Jim graduated from Framingham High School in 1962.

He went on to earn his black belt in karate and his pilot’s license.

He was married twice, first to Linda, the mother of his two sons, and then to Carol, the mother of his daughter.

A lover of music, he was a great jitterbug dancer and enjoyed Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, and B.B. King. Good with his hands and a lifelong mechanic, he could fix any car and date any movie by its automobiles. He enjoyed boating on Lake Winnipesaukee and attending NASCAR races. At home, Jim loved Native American history, researching his genealogy, watching black and white westerns, and was an avid reader.

James is predeceased by his mother and father, James J. Crosby and Frances G. (MacCormack) Crosby, his brothers Thomas A. and Steven J. Crosby, and son James M. Crosby, Jr. He is survived by his son, Sean E. Crosby, and daughter, Meghan E. Crosby Budinger, sisters Valerie F. (Crosby) Celmer and Mary-Beth (Crosby) Lovewell, and grandchildren Thara A. Crosby, Nicole C. (Crosby) Liddell, Brett M. Crosby, Riley M. Budinger, Brody J. Budinger and Georgia C. Budinger and several step-children, step-grandchildren, a niece and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held for James at St. Stephen Parish, 221 Concord Street in Framingham, on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Interment will be private. 

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.