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James J. "Jim" Babineau, Jr.

James J. "Jim" Babineau, Jr.
  • October 7, 1953 - December 16, 2017
  • Reading, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Othon Iliopoulos Laboratory VHL Research" Mass General Development Office
    125 Nashua St., Suite 540
    Boston, MA 02114-1101

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“I am so saddened by the news if Jim's passing. He was always a cheerful, competent, much admired colleague at Melrose Middle School where I taught...Read More »
1 of 58 | Posted by: Joanne Reilly - Melrose, MA

“Thank you JIMs for a BEAUTIFUL life......I love you THE UNIVERSE!!! ”
2 of 58 | Posted by: Mary Anne Babineau - Reading, MA

“Dear MaryAnne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Me. Babineau was always so friendly and kind. I am so sorry I was not able to express my...Read More »
3 of 58 | Posted by: Maria Robinson - Revere, MA

“Jimmy was a good friend of my brother since childhood and all the boys from Hillside Park. I remember him as a child wearing his Red Sox hat, coming...Read More »
4 of 58 | Posted by: Rosandra Macero Fedorko - WA

“Blessings to the Babineau family. Your dad was a gem, a first class gentleman, with a winning warm and kind smile. He raised a beautiful family. I...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Jennifer Porcaro-Knapp - MA

“My sympathies to all of you. I so enjoyed working with Jim during my time on the School Committee. ”
6 of 58 | Posted by: Susan Lawson Cann - Melrose, MA

“Loved and cherished as was your dad. You will be sadly missed by your wonderful family and many friends. Always in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
7 of 58 | Posted by: Gloria Babineau - FL - Family

“Dear Mary Anne - So very sorry to read of the passing of Jim. May you have wonderful memories to help sustain you at this difficult time. My deepest...Read More »
8 of 58 | Posted by: Linda Buttimer - Melrose, MA

“It was abundantly clear Mr. Babs took pride not only in his teachings, but the Melrose student body as a whole - I was fortunate enough to have Jim...Read More »
9 of 58 | Posted by: Joshua Farr - Winthrop, MA

“Mary Ann and family,So saddened by the loss of your dear Jim. Such an inspiration to so many people. All the kids adored him as he held them in high...Read More »
10 of 58 | Posted by: Paula Fowlie - Melrose, MA

“I had the honor and privilege of having Mr. Babineau for Home room and math in the MJHS. He made school and math enjoyable. I will always remember...Read More »
11 of 58 | Posted by: Mark Garipay - Melrose, MA

“Mr. Babineau was a fine man and educator. My sincere sympathy on his passing. Respectfully, Mrs. Paul Tighe and Family ”
12 of 58 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“It was my great honor to have known and worked with Jim. As his MTA Union representative we worked together on many issues regarding the Melrose...Read More »
13 of 58 | Posted by: Buddy Stevens - Reading, MA

“So sorry to hear of his passing. You and he were my favorite teachers. I still remember him picking me up at CoolidgeSchool and letting me sit in on...Read More »
14 of 58 | Posted by: John Murphy - Chelmsford, MA

“Words cannot describe how heartbroken I am to learn of Jim's passing. I worked with Jim at both the middle school and the high school. After...Read More »
15 of 58 | Posted by: Gale Babin - Melrose, MA

“"Mr. Babs" was my math teacher in my freshman year at MHS. Not only was he a great teacher but he was the nicest man ever! He was always full of...Read More »
16 of 58 | Posted by: Marissa Babin - Malden, MA

“Nicole, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. ”
17 of 58 | Posted by: Kim Maher - Melrose, MA

“Andrea,Nicole and the entire Babineau familyWe are very sorry to hear of your dad's passingFind peace and closeness in the good time memories you all...Read More »
18 of 58 | Posted by: Joan Hudd - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Mary Anne,I have such wonderful memories of you and Jim when you generously volunteered to help at East Boston Central Catholic. The two of you were...Read More »
19 of 58 | Posted by: Maryann Manfredonia - Revere, MA

“Andrea, sorry for the loss of your dad. May he rest in eternal peace. ”
20 of 58 | Posted by: Frani MacPherson - Charlestown, MA

“Babineau While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Hazel Gaylor-Burt - Brockton, MA

“Sending love and healing prayers to the Babineau family ”
22 of 58 | Posted by: Jennifer Banuskevich - NH

“Dear Maryanne and family.....I was so sorry to hear the sad news of dear Jim death... enjoy the times we spent at Haiti dinners ... Chrism Mass etc. ...Read More »
23 of 58 | Posted by: Pat Donovan - Bourne, MA - Friend

“Tricia and Darryl, I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. May he rest in peace. ”
24 of 58 | Posted by: Ruth Cronin-McNeill - Las Vegas, NV

“I have very fond memories of Mr. Babineau as my algebra teacher at MJHS. He was not only an excellent teacher, he was a special personwho not only...Read More »
25 of 58 | Posted by: Mark O'Donnell - Palm Harbor, FL

“A genuine good man. ”
26 of 58 | Posted by: Father Paco - Framingham, MA

“I had the pleasure of having Mr.Babineau as my math teacher in 7th grade. I was telling my daughter the other day that I still remembered my 7th...Read More »
27 of 58 | Posted by: Lyne Carvill - Worcester, MA

“Mr. Babineau was, without a doubt, my favorite Melrose High teacher. So sorry to hear about his passing. May he rest in peace. ”
28 of 58 | Posted by: Tracy Cadigan - Melrose, MA

“R.I.P. Mr Babineau, you were a great teacher and you were really good to me at a time in my life when I was a mess. You made me enjoy coming to math...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: Jason DeAngelis - Melrose, MA

“Julie, my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayer are with you, may you give strength to your...Read More »
30 of 58 | Posted by: Dena Georgeles - Chelsea, MA

“Maryann and family. Sending prayers and blessings. ”
31 of 58 | Posted by: Marie Butler - Tewkesbury

“Mr. Babineau was my math teacher at Melrose Jr. High School in the late 70's. He is the only math teacher I ever had who actually made math make...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Linda Paine Hohn - Wexford, PA

“Jim and I taught math at the junior high school way back in the 80's. I remember him as such a joyful person with a big smile and hearty laugh. I...Read More »
33 of 58 | Posted by: Mardi Lowery - Wenham, MA

“May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
34 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Babineau was a great man, great teacher and a legend at MHS. RIP Mr. Babs you had a great impact on a lot of kids ”
35 of 58 | Posted by: Michael Garipay - Lake Tahoe, CA

“Dear Dad,This honestly feels so surreal. I keep on telling myself that this is a horrible nightmare and that I will see you again. You were HANDS...Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: Jeanine Peixoto - Saugus, MA

“Our sincerest condolences to the entire Babineau family. Mr. Babineau was a great man and though he was my math teacher for only a few short months,...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: Katie Crowley - Saugus, MA

This was a picture I took of Mr. Babineau the last day of school my 9th grade year. 1984 “To Mrs. Babineau and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Babineau was a great man. I was lucky to have him all three of my years at Melrose Jr....Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: Ruth Murphy (Kelly) - Windham, ME

“Mr. Babineau was without a doubt the best math teacher I ever had. Many speak of those who inspire others to learn and Jim was that influence to me...Read More »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Joseph Finn - Hampton, NH

“Jim's ability to get students engaged in learning, was never matched again by any of my future teachers. His smile and attitude were infectious and a...Read More »
40 of 58 | Posted by: Kevin Sexton - Reading, MA

“Jim was my closest cousin growing up during our "Wonder Years". We shared many dreams together and enjoyed the same music going through high school....Read More »
41 of 58 | Posted by: Mike White - Longmont, CO

“Mary Ann and family,I am so saddened to hear of Jimmy's death! The tributes from his former students speak volumes to the loving man he was. Our...Read More »
42 of 58 | Posted by: Mary Fitzgerald - South Weymouth, MA

“MaryAnne and Fanily: Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. ”
43 of 58 | Posted by: Jane Turner Russell - Melrose, MA

“Sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing we were friends from way back, RIP my friend ”
44 of 58 | Posted by: Carol Shields - Somerville, MA

“What a dear man. I will always remember his sweet smile, surrounded by the love of all his beloved girls. Heartfelt wishes to all of you. Much...Read More »
45 of 58 | Posted by: Joyce Graff - Brookline, MA

“You were an inspiration to us all, and will be dearly missed. ”
46 of 58 | Posted by: Meagan Parker (Morley) - MA

“I am so sorry for your loss you are all in my thoughts and prayers Jim was a wonderful man. ”
47 of 58 | Posted by: Elaine Meador - Melrose, MA

“I am saddened to hear of Mr. Babineau's passing. I was lucky enough to be in several of his classes during my time at MHS. He was the kind of...Read More »
48 of 58 | Posted by: Kathleen Napoli (Maffeo) - MD

“To the friends and family of Mr.Babineau, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.Mr.Babineau was an exceptional teacher and human...Read More »
49 of 58 | Posted by: Tom Call - Stoneham, MA - Teacher

“Mr. Babineau was my math teacher in school. He was the funniest, kindest man you would ever meet. He made learning math fun. I will never forget the...Read More »
50 of 58 | Posted by: Danielle McNally - Melrose, MA

“Mary Anne, Juli, and the entire Babineau Family:We are so saddened by Jim's passing. We all were so blessed to have known him. He set a good example...Read More »
51 of 58 | Posted by: Paulino Carteiro - Dracut, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Babineau. I had the honor of having him as a math teacher for two classes at Melrose High School. He...Read More »
52 of 58 | Posted by: Julie Abare-Schmitt - Melrose, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was an amazing man and greatly missed by many. ”
53 of 58 | Posted by: MEGAN Turner - Quincy, MA

“I had Mr. Babineau in high school, and though it took me a longtime to get there, and in a completely different subject, it was his energy, love of...Read More »
54 of 58 | Posted by: Charles Orrell - Melrose, MA

“Mr. Babineau was my math teacher in high school. He was a great teacher and an even better person. He had a heart of gold and he will truly be missed...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Nicole Hubbard-Cucuzza - FL

“The sweetest man, the hardest worker, the best math teacher, the most caring person. Grateful to have known Mr. Babs as a student. We always heard...Read More »
56 of 58 | Posted by: Maryanne Makredes Senna - MA

“Thanks, Jim, for all the fun and laughs we have shared over the years. ”
57 of 58 | Posted by: Jack Fusco - Malden, MA - Friend

“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 »
58 of 58 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

James J. Babineau, Jr., of Reading, formerly of Melrose, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on Dec. 16, 2017 at the age of 64. Jim was born & raised in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1971. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Boston State Teacher's College in 1975 and his Master's degree from Northeastern University in 1978. He was a Math Teacher at the Melrose High & Junior High School for 35 years before his retirement at the age of 58. Jim was a past Treasurer & President for the Mass. Teacher's Assoc., for 15 years and also a Sealer for Weights & Measures for the towns of Melrose & Wilmington. He was an Adjunct Professor in Math for North Shore Community College and enjoyed hockey, reading, history, space, current events, going out to eat and his daily newspaper. Jim loved family gatherings & holidays, spending his time with his wife Mary Anne taking day trips to New Hampshire & Maine and his family was the most important part of his life. He was the beloved husband of Mary Anne (Botte) Babineau for 40 years. Loving father of Sandra M. Babineau-Wilder & her husband Raymond of Reading, Julianne Carteiro & her husband Antonio of Saugus, Andrea Babineau & Michael MacPherson of Revere, Jeanine Peixoto & her husband Fabio of Saugus, Nicole Babineau & Bryan Deming of Saugus and Mary Ricci & her husband Christopher of Weymouth. Cherished grampy of Brianna, Aubrey, Isaiah, Alexandra and Caleb. Caring brother of Patricia Blair of Melrose and Darryl Babineau of IL. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Dec. 21st from 4-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading on Friday, Dec. 22nd at 10:30AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. At the family's request, contributions may be made to Dr. Othon Iliopoulos Laboratory VHL Research" Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101.