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My condolences to Nancy and all of Jim's family. I met Jim during his many years of public service, first through his work with Senator Kerry where he worked with my father (Jim King) and later as a lobbyist at the State House. Jim was a great person who always greeted me with a smile and was happy to help. His knowledge of political memorabilia was amazing. My father would often tell me that if I ever had a question

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Posted by: Sean King - Newburyport, MA - Friend   Feb 07, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
The Shaer family is such a great part of my memories of Agawam as a boy. My Dad took us to the market so many times and I was always in awe of all the Shaer "men" who were probably just older boys
My condolences to you.

Posted by: Michael Knight - Sapphire, NC   Feb 07, 2020

Dear Nancy and Shaer Family,
I wish you all well. Jim was a friend, but more importantly he was an all consuming person who gave of himself to those who asked. Dedication and trust were hallmark attributes that guided Jim's life. When something needed to get done, he was there to do it. Family, friends, and all who had the honor to work with Jim share the pain of his passing. The fragility of life makes us all need to

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Posted by: Joseph Nowak - Adams, MA   Feb 07, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My love and prayers go out to Nancy, John, Tom, Joe, and the entire family. Jim was a true gentleman. The Barketts and the Shaers go back many years with fond memories at St. Anthony's Church where Jim, John and I served mass as altar boys. Jim was intrumental in having Senator Kerry visit our Big E White Hut location years ago and made sure I received a personally signed photo of the

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Posted by: Bobby Barkett - Longmeadow, MA - Friend   Feb 05, 2020

My sympathies and prayers for the Shaer family.

Like so many, Jim and I knew each other from the Kerry campaign as I lived at that time in Chicopee. Jim's warm and supportive nature mixed with his passion for supporting candidates with compassion drew so many of us to him and the candidates he supported. Facebook had reconnected us electronically.

Jim, thank you for making this world a better place. May you rest in peace.

Posted by: Mary Przybylowicz-Waldron - Brockton, MA   Feb 04, 2020

So very sorry to hear about Jim. Remembering the good times and many laughs you all shared will help comfort you during this difficult time.
Sending Thoughts and Prayers to all.

Barbara Blazejowski

Posted by: A friend   Feb 04, 2020

Nancy, I was terribly saddened to hear the news of Jim's passing. Jim and I shared the common bonds of politics and lobbying and sports and many others. I will miss him. I am sorry we cannot be in Boston during this difficult time. I hope you will take solace in the comfort of his many friends and most importantly, all the people who received the blessings of his generous heart over the years.

Posted by: Bill Carito - Portland, ME   Feb 04, 2020

Jim Shaer was all Tom mentioned in the obit! He helped my daughter, Lindsey, when she went to work for Congressman Dale Kildee some 20 years ago. Jim gave her advice about getting a job on the hill and how to navigate.
My time with Jim revolved around sports, particularly the Red Sox. He was a big fan and always had thoughts on their play. Jim was fun to be around an very easy to know.
My deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of a great guy!

Posted by: William Beck - Fountain Hills, AZ - Friend   Feb 04, 2020

Tom, to you and your family, I extend my condolences to you over the passing of Jim. I remember moments with both you and Jim in HS, and met up with him once when I was working at Boston U about 12 years ago. He was more active in so many great works and influenced many more people.
Be at peace through your sorrow. A great man has left us.

Posted by: Bruce Fontaine - Pelham, NH   Feb 04, 2020

I remember Shaer's Market fondly, as well ast Jim's mother and father.

Posted by: A friend   Feb 04, 2020