James L. Dunne, of Needham passed away on Friday, January 10th. He was 95 years old. Jim was born and raised in the Thompsonville neighborhood in Newton Centre and attended Newton schools. He served during WWII in the US Army, and was a driver for Gen. George Patton. Jim was wounded during his service and was awarded a Purple Heart. Jim worked as a truck driver for many years for Anchor Motor Freight, delivering cars from the General Motors plant in Framingham to locations in New England, New York and New Jersey. He was also a member of Carson American Legion Post in Newton.
Jim was the beloved husband of the late Betty (Stanwood) and Enea (Pignatelli) Dunne. He is survived by his son James L. Dunne Jr. of W. Barnstable, his grandsons and their families, Michael and his wife Susan and their children Scott, Mikaela, Nicholas and Garrett, and Robert and his wife Rochelle and their children Alyssa and Maia. He was also the step father of Sandra Tholl and Nancy Nardella and step grandfather of Christy, Jackie and Jill. He was the brother of the late Mary Gagnon. A memorial service will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave Needham on Thursday, January 16th at 11am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment with Military Honors will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to a veteran’s organization in his memory would be appreciated.
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