, Salem, MA

February 25, 2014

James A. Lapointe, 78

Danvers — James A. Lapointe, 78, beloved husband of Maureen (Viera) Lapointe of Danvers, died peacefully on Sunday February 23, 2014.

Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Nadeau) Lapointe. He grew up there and graduated from Peabody High School. He then attended Northeastern University for his undergraduate and graduate study, and to earn his doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He also studied at M.I.T.

Mr. Lapointe enjoyed his career in engineering working for Ratheon Co., Sanders Associates and GenRad Corporation. He also combined his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own company, Syscom Associates, and worked as an independent contractor for Unysis Corporation supporting the department of transportation. Among many of his patents, one achievement led to development of the Radar Gun, and also the Gargoyle Computer Security System.

Besides engineering, he designed the Dome House for the Gum Drop Candy House on Route 1 in Rowley and operated a candy business. He also operated Lapointe Realty of Danvers, collected antiques, and was an auctioneer.

Jim was devoted to his Roman Catholic faith, and was a member of the Third Order of Carmelite. He was an avid supporter of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Danvers, had an active role at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Danvers, as both a Eucharistic Minister and CCD Teacher. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, and together they attended many Big Band/Swing Band dances around the North Shore.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen (Viera) Lapointe of Danvers, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage; three sons and their spouses, Jay and Sandy Lapointe of Andover, Brian and Irina Lapointe of South Dennis, and Dana and Alecia Lapointe of West Brookfield; 10 grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Lapointe.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Thursday, February 27, at 10 a.m., from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Danvers. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. Expressions of sympathy may be made to either St. John's Preparatory School, Office for Institutional Advancement, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA 01923, designated for the Brother Linus Scholarship Fund, or to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 15 Mt Carmel Rd., Danvers, MA 01923. Please visit for his obituary and to sign condolences.