Peabody, MA — James J. Hinchion of Peabody, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 12, 2013, after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of the late Beverly (Hastings) for sixty years.
Born and raised in Peabody, he attended Dartmouth College. He served his country in WWII in the US Navy as a Yeoman and was in four battles in the Pacific Theatre Campaign. Following his discharge, he remained active with the veterans in his community and served as a commander of the Peabody American Legion, Post 153.
His career in the post office spanned thirty-four years where he retired in 1986 after serving six years as Postmaster. He had been a lifelong avid sports fan and was a founding member of the Peabody Little League and devoted many years to coaching the Little League Cardinals. He was actively engaged in all sports in Peabody and for many years he did the chains at Peabody High Football games. In later years, he continued his love of sports by attending the many sporting events of his grandchildren. Affectionately called “Hinch,” he was adored by family and friends and admired for his leadership, his sense of humor and his devotion to his family, which was his proudest accomplishment that he shared with his wife, Bev.
He is survived by his four children, James Hinchion and his wife, Geralyn, of Danvers, John Hinchion and his partner, Elizabeth Richard, of Salisbury, MA, Nancy Hinchion of Madison, CT, and Paul Hinchion and his wife, Elizabeth, of Peabody; his brother, Frank Hinchion of Salisbury, MD; his sister, Betty Ann Quinlan of Peabody; his brother-in-law, Cedric Hastings of Longmeadow, MA; his cherished 11 grandchildren, James and his wife, Keri Hinchion, of Danvers, Colleen Rosa and her husband, Michael, of Medford, Keith Hinchion and his wife, Rosemarie, of Winthrop, Kristine Hinchion of Amesbury, Beth and her companion, Jamie Mooney, of Billerica, Shawn Worsencoft of Chelsea, Kerry Worsencroft and her companion, Gary Linke, of Hamden, CT, Patrick Hinchion and his wife, Wheaton and John Hinchion and his wife, Julie, all of Peabody, Michael Hinchion and his fiancée, Lizzie Paulino, of Salem and Daniel Hinchion of Peabody; his devoted 13 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Riley, Brayden, Leah, Michael, Gabriella, Stephen, Delaney, Tyler, Melanie, Emerson, Paxton and Cedric; as well as many nieces, nephews and loyal friends. He was the brother of the late Marie Lastih-Guilfoyle.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John’s Church, Church St., Peabody at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite 102B, Danvers, MA 01923 in his memory. For guest book and directions, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.