James R. Mitchell

November 17, 1935 - October 18, 2020
James R. Mitchell

James (Jim) R. Mitchell, 84, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020, at home with his family.  As with everything in his life, he left this world with grit and humor.  All who knew him will miss his endless stories, ingenuity, and unconditional love!


He is survived by his two sons James D. Mitchell and wife Mary Rose Hirsh, Jon K. Mitchell and his wife Cheri, and daughter Susan L. Moore and her husband Bob; as well as his grandchildren Michelle L. Rioux, Michael S. Williams and Meagan L. Williams.  He is further survived by his siblings, Catherine L. (Kay) Doyle and her husband John of Seabrook Beach, N.H. and Frances M. (Fran) Monroe of Newburyport, MA and one brother Donald D. Mitchell and his wife Nancy of West Newbury, MA along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his wife Karen L. Mitchell, his father Gordon P. Mitchell, Sr., his mother Catherine L. Mitchell, brothers Gordon P. Mitchell, Jr., Raymond S. Mitchell and Frederick H. Mitchell.


The Mitchell family believes that mourning and the celebration of one’s life are done on each individual’s own terms.  The deceased requested that no formal services be held in observance of his passing.  He will be interred with his wife Karen at Arlington National Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, he requested that donations be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.



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  • October 22, 2020
    Peggy Kelley Kalashian says:
    So sorry to hear. He worked for my father, but he was not just an employee any family especially my dad thought the world of him. All 9 of the Kelley’s have been thinking of him and his family.

  • October 24, 2020
    Jim and Gen Dooley says:
    Sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. He was a special guy, always helpful and cheerful. When helping me one time fixing something on my car, he asked me to get him a wrench. When I gave him mine, he told me to put it back in Danielle’s toy box and he got his own. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • October 24, 2020
    Laurie Kincaid says:
    "Grampy", affectionately referred to by his granddaughter Michelle and all her friends at The Life Skills Learning Center and The E 3 Center... Your gracious and tireless service to us will always be cherished and remembered. From driving us here, there, and everywhere, to constructing and landscaping our awesome centers, in addition to your infectious joke telling that left us in stitches... all will forever draw a smile. You are greatly loved and will be greatly missed. Rest well my friend.

  • October 24, 2020
    William G. Lent Edith M. Lent says:
    My Mother always said that if you make one good friend in your life you have accomplished something, Jim Mitchell was my friend and neighbor for 23 years, as a friend I loved him, as a man I respected his love of family, especially his granddaughter Michelle, Michelle was his Heart. He had such fun with her humor and always tell me something funny she did or said. He was always in a good mood and just about every day he had a story to tell that was related to what I had just said He was always there for his family and neighbors, always friendly to all who entered his daily life, always a" How You Doing" to everyone. I don't recall him ever being in a bad mood. He was always busy doing something, and if he saw me doing something the wrong way he would come over and show me the correct way, like trimming boxwood I never quite got that clip, clip, clip down. I could go on and on talking about Jim, I shall miss him, he was such a part of my daily, however, I believe he was a blessing to anyone who came in contact with him. Rest in Peace Dear Friend.