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James Joseph Feran of Andover, formerly a longtime resident of Marblehead, passed away on November 4, 2017, in the Academy Manor Nursing Home in Andover after a long illness at the age of 93. Born in Somerville on April 2, 1924, he was the son of the late James L. and Elizabeth (Wall) Feran. James was raised and educated in Somerville and was a graduate with the Class of 1942. Soon after his 19th birthday, James enlisted in to the U.S. Marines on April 29, 1943, to help fight for our country during World War II. He served bravely on the frontline of the war during the engagements of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, serving overseas from December 21, 1943 until December 27, 1945. James was honorably discharged as a Corporal on January 18, 1946. Upon his return home, James worked for many years in sales for Lou’s Candy located in Cambridge. After his candy company career ended, James went on as an accomplished and professional golfer who played on tour. He was a member of the MA Golf Association and went on to become a longtime golf pro with Tedesco Country Club. He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn L. (Lent) Feran, with whom he shared 30 years of marriage, until her passing on December 28, 2007.
James leaves his grandchildren, Shawn Murphy and his wife, Sheena of Manchester, N.H., Brad Murphy and his wife, Dika of Londonderry, N.H., Jennifer Hadley and her husband, Scott of Bradford, Mass., Jamie Clermont and her husband, Scott of Methuen, Mass., James Feran of Naples, Fla., and Jason Feran of Marblehead. James’ step-daughter, Sandra Thayer, also survives him. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his children, James Feran and Patricia Murphy, as well as his step-son, Richard Lewis, Jr.
A funeral service will be held in Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm St., Marblehead, MA on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow the services in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For the online guestbook, please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 6, 2017
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