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James L. Sawyer, age 92 years, beloved husband of the late Barbara A. (McManus) Sawyer, died Saturday morning, May 7, 2016, at the NSMC-Salem Hospital. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Clayton and Gladys (McCaul) Sawyer. He was educated in the Salem Public Schools. Following high school, he was married to his beloved wife, Barbara, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. Soon after his marriage, he entered the United States Army Air Corp and served his country during WWII.
Upon returning home from the war, he was employed with Leach and Heckle Leather Company in Salem. He was a buffer and shop steward for the company, eventually becoming a business agent for the International Leather Workers Union. He was employed with them until he was 87 years old.
Mr. Sawyer loved kids and sports resulting in him coaching Salem Little League and Pony League. He led the kids to play in the championship in Montreal Canada one year.
Surviving him are his children, Barbara Ouellette and her husband, Richard of Gloucester, and James R. Sawyer of Louisville, Ky.; his grandchildren, Joseph Quartarone and his wife, Kirsten of Dracut, David Quartarone and his wife, Linda of Beverly, Barbara Quartarone of Salem, James Sawyer and his wife, Jodi, and Craig Sawyer, all of Louisville, Ky., Patti Lagrassa and her husband, Todd of Medford, and Krissy Devlin of Tewksbury; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and his long-time companion, Lulu Rose Smith. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Patricia L. Sawyer; his son, John “Jackie” Sawyer; and great-grandson, Anthony Quartarone.
His funeral will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North Street), Salem, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. For those who wish, memorial contributions maybe made to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For additional information or online guest book, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  May 10, 2016
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