Rev. Dr. M. James Workman, 94, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, MA., passed away on Tuesday, June 9th at Brooksby Village in Peabody. Born in Port Huron, Michigan, he was drafted into the US Army at the age of
18. James fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Garedelegn, receiving a bronze star for valor and meritorious service in a combat zone. He remained in Europe after the war as a bandsman in 405 HQ, entertaining Occupational troops by happily playing the trombone.
Upon returning to the USA, James attended Michigan State College and Harvard Divinity School, graduating from the latter in 1954. He married his beloved wife, Eleanor Betty Workman, at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA in 1951. In September 1953 they were called to the Congregational Church in East Bridgewater, MA and served there for 5 years.
In 1958 they were called to the First Congregational Church in Braintree, MA, which was a large congregation made up of wonderful parishioners. James received two honorary degrees, as Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Divinity. After 33 years he retired in 1991 as Minister Emeritus. Dr Workman was also chaplain of the Maximum-Security Prison for Youth in Bridgewater, MA and the Norfolk County Jail, retiring at the age of 80.
In addition to his wife, James is survived by his two dearly loved sons, Bradford (Maria) Workman and Mark (Karen) Workman, three grandsons, James (Lauren) Workman, Darrell Workman and Matthew (Diana) Workman and two great-grandchildren, Amiel and Shoshana.
Private funeral Services will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home in Needham, MA. Interment with Military Honors followed at the Needham Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.