James Fredrick Conley

June 8, 1938 - September 29, 2020
James Fredrick Conley

James F. Conley, known to many as “Jim,” passed away unexpectedly at the age of 82 on September 29 at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

He was born and raised in South Boston, Massachusetts to the late John and Katherine (Cain) Conley. Jim previously lived in Maine and Rhode Island and most recently in North Carolina. He was a longshoreman in his early days and then retired from the Department of the Navy. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

Jim adored his family and friends more than anything. He was an avid golfer, reader, and bowler, and had a sweet tooth, especially for his favorite jelly sticks. Although his life wasn’t always easy, he acquired a quick wit and joking attitude that was appreciated by many. May he find peace and love in the arms of the angels and know his family loves him forever and always.

Jim is survived by his longtime partner Elaine Conklin, of Wilmington, NC; his brother John Conley and his wife Carol of Weymouth, MA; his daughters Jacqueline Lucas and her husband Steven of Tewksbury, MA, Caroline Craig of Weymouth, MA, and Christine Conley-Ciardi of Weymouth, MA; loving “Papa” to eight grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, friends, and other family members, whom he loved very much. He was predeceased by his son, James F. Conley Jr. and his sister, Patricia Conley-Maybury.

Due to current public health circumstances, all services for Jim are private and a celebration of life will take place later.

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  • October 02, 2020
    Peggy & Shannon Sweany says:
    Jim was always kind and cared deeply for my mother. His smile and warm, friendly personality brought joy to all that knew him. He will be missed dearly. May every future shot be a hole in one Jim! We love you.

  • October 03, 2020
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  • October 04, 2020
    Beverly Perry says:
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve known Jim many years since I moved to NC from MA. We were kindred Yankees. He was very sweet to me, we would meet in the best places for us, over the years. Always talked about his great family! He will be missed by all who knew him. Hi He is in the arms of his Higher Power! ☮️❤️


  • October 05, 2020
    Stephen, Suzanne, David, and Johnathan says:
    Dear Jackie, We were very saddened of the news with the loss of your father. Know that all our hearts and prayers are reaching out to you, Katie, and Steven. Much Love and Prayers, Suzanne, Steve, David, and Johnathan