James B. Pierce, 96, of North Reading and formerly of Wakefield, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Meadow View Center in North Reading. He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor R. (Hammond) Pierce.
Born in El Pubnico, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 14, 1917. He was the son of the late John and Marie (Nickerson) Pierce. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Springfield. He was involved in the American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and the Philippine Liberation Operations.
James worked for many years as a union carpenter and was a member of the New England Carpenters Union. He has been a resident of North Reading for more than 60 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and V.F.W. in North Reading.
He was an avid boater (into his 80s), tuna fishing was his joy, especially catching a big blue fin with his grandson, Danny Smith. He made remote control boats for his grandsons and also made remote control planes. He was an avid reader, especially historical novels and political biographies.
Family members include his loving daughters, Linda M. Smith of North Reading, Cheryl A. Burt and her husband Michael J. of Newton, NH and Amy J. Graham and her husband Matthew of Londonderry, NH; his sister, Jean Rouse of Hamilton. He was the cherished grandfather of 9, great grandfather of 5 and another great grandchild on the way.
Funeral service at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, on Wednesday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Life Choice Hospice, 790 Turnpike St., Suite 302, North Andover, MA 01845.