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James E. "Jim" Grayson
  • ,In lieu of flowers, the Grayson family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
    41 Mall Rd.
    Attn. Hematology & Oncology Department
    Burlington, MA 01805

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“Maryann, Peggy and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Jim. He was a good friend. We will miss going to dinner to different restaurants, just...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Jimmy's death. I haven't seen him since I was a little girl and visited his family when they lived on Prospect St in Cambridge. ...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Patt Casey - Ocala, FL

“Mariann I am so sorry to hear of Jim passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am sorry now that I didn't wake him when i went to...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Mariann I am so sorry to hear of Jim passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am sorry now that I didn't wake him when i went to...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Grayson, who I came to greatly admire when we worked together at Tufts Medical Center. Jim was a...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Andrew Plaut - Boston, MA

“Mary AnnI am sorry to her of Jim's passing. He was a wonderful mentor and always found the funny side. So many times practical jokes were played at...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Monica Russell - Beverly, MA

“My friend/ remember recruiting you from MIT to then New England Medical Center. You were always a strong advocate for the faculty, pts and staff. ...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Frank Stout - El paso, TX

“Jim was my big brother and protector. From the time we were little kids until after we both reach our current ages, he was always there for me. Our...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: alice bonner - eliot, ME - Sister

“Maryann,I was shocked to learn about Jim's passing. He was one of my best friends growing up. we kept in touch by phone since I left Boston but I...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Harry Schade - Halifax, NS

“I wish a smooth journey to one of the nicest of our "Old Gang." He's left us with wonderful memories. My offerings to you are prayers and deepest...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Caryl Coffill - Somerville, MA

“Jim was my boss and friend for many years in and around BostonI can honestly say he did a lot for my career which we both enjoyed despite being...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Greg Shields - Dedham, MA

“Jim was my oldest and dearest friend. We have known each other for over 65 years. We bowled, partied, fished, and, in the later years, stayed in...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Robert Coffill

“Maryann,My thoughts are with you. Jim was such a great guy and he always had a smile. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Dean - Wakefield, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


James E. "Jim" Grayson returned home to God joining his beloved daughter Kathy Abramo on September 22, 2018. He was 79 years of age. Jim was born in Cambridge on February 24, 1939 to the late John J. & Margaret Alice (Donaghy) Grayson. He was raised in Cambridge, graduated from Cambridge Ringe & Latin High School and attended Bentley College. He was the director of grants & contracts at MIT, the New England Medical Center for 16 years and finishing his career at the Beth Israel Deaconess Center in Boston. Jim lived in Stoneham for many years and the past 15 years in Saugus. Mr. Grayson was a member of several professional organizations in his field, enjoyed his trips to Cape Cod and the Caribbean, was an avid reader and enjoyed reading books on WWII. Jim was a man of integrity, modesty, patience and had a great sense of humor. Jim Loved to travel, try new restaurants but most of all he loved his family. The world is a sadder place without Jim Grayson. He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Mary Ann (Santangelo) Grayson. Loving father of the late Kathy Abramo & her husband John of Melrose to who we are ever so grateful for so many things. Caring brother of Alice Bonner & her late husband Gene of Maine & Susan Grayson Johnson & her husband Larry of Sudbury and the late John Joseph Grayson. Caring uncle of Susan Dearborn, Rebecca Johnson and the late Michael Bonner. Also survived by a dear grandniece Gretchen. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 12:00-2:00PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services & interment will be private. Please omit flowers, contributions may be made in Jim's name to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Attn: Hematology & Oncology Department, 41 Mall Rd. Burlington, MA 01805.