James J. Sughrue of Falmouth, a certified public accountant who owned a business in his name since 1973, died Wednesday, June 5, at the age of 88.
He was born in Somerville, the son of James P. & Kathleen V. (Riordan) Sughrue, and graduated in 1948 from St. John’s High School in North Cambridge.
He served in the Navy aboard the USS Bache DD-470 from 1951 to 1955. He was a radioman on the destroyer and did two tours to the Mediterranean.
Mr. Sughrue married Ruth M. Gill on June 8, 1956. They had shared 50 years of marriage at the time of her death in 2007.
After graduating from Boston College in 1959, he was hired by William Reagan of Fitchburg. Later he worked as a CPA at Charles Writtenhouse, and then as controller with The Green Company of Boston.
Needing a change from years of commuting, he decided to open his own CPA firm with his wife in 1973 and successfully established himself in Falmouth. In 1980 he purchased an office building on Scranton Avenue, and moved his offices there from Homeport.
Mr. Sughrue stayed active in the business well into his 80s, finally retiring on April 15, 2018. His children continue to operate the business on Scranton Avenue, carrying on his legacy.
He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Falmouth, and also a longtime member of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and United States Power Squadron.
Over the years, he enjoyed spending time in Maine with family.
He leaves three children, Kathleen M. Johnson, James J. Sughrue Jr. and Eileen M. Hinsman; eight grandchildren, Amanda Hinsman, Casey Sughrue, Richard Sughrue, Robert Johnson, Kelly Hinsman, Timothy Sughrue, Carly Sughrue and Ryan James Johnson; a great-grandchild, Eve Brandes; a brother, John P. Sughrue; and other family.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, June 11, from 4 to 8 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
On Wednesday, June 12, a eulogy followed by funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:45 at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Gifford Street, Falmouth.