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Mr. James M. Herlihy, Jr., 46, of Danvers, died unexpectedly, July 1, 2017, at Beverly Hospital.
Born in Salem, he was the son of Janet C. (Learoyd) Ingalls of Florida and James M. Herlihy, Sr. of Danvers.
He was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School. He continued his education at Johnson & Wales College.
With an entrepreneurial spirit, James co-founded and was the co-proprietor of Clearwater Towing Company of Florida. More recently he had been employed as a clerk at the Shell Convenience Station on High Street in Danvers.
A loving son, father, brother, uncle, and friend, James was devoted to his family. He had a deep passion for automobiles. He was blessed with a mechanical and engineering mind, and loved to use this talent by reconstructing and building engines for any type of machine. His love of cars led him to work on and have great appreciation for custom cars and motorcycles. He attained endless solace in his favorite place, the Danvers River, and especially loved the sunsets. His favorite passion was reading as all his family and friends knew!
Family was always in his heart and mind. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met and will be deeply missed.
James is survived by his son, James M Herlihy III and daughter, Tanna J. Herlihy of Maine; his parents, Janet C. (Learoyd) Ingalls of Florida and James M. Herlihy, Sr. of Danvers; his siblings, Shelley Herlihy of Danvers and Timothy H. Herlihy of Danvers; his former wife, Kelly McDermott-Herlihy of Maine; his former mother-in-law, Sandra McDermott of Maine; his aunts, Joan Caron-Comeau and her husband, Larry of Ipswich, Judy Haley of Florida, Marybeth and William Dodds of Florida, and Janet Archambault and her husband, Archie of Florida; his uncle, Richard Learoyd of Haverhill; many nieces and nephews, including his special nephew, Dylan Herlihy of Danvers; his close friend, Sandra (Frary) House of Danvers; and many dear aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.
His funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers, Saturday, July 8, at 8 a.m. followed by his funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Conant Street, Danvers, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours Friday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in James’ memory to the charity of your choice. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  July 5, 2017
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