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1962 James 2022

James P. Moynihan

August 29, 1962 — June 29, 2022

CHELMSFORD - James Patrick Moynihan, a resident of Chelmsford died Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston following a long illness. He was 59. Jim was the beloved partner of Jonathan Lamson for 23 years.

Jim was born in Lowell on August 29, 1962, and was a son of James L. and Sally A. (Murphy) Moynihan of Lowell. He received his education in Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School, class of 1980. He also attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Bentley University, in Waltham.

Jim spent many years in the hospitality industry, having worked at several Greater Boston restaurants, including The Magic Pan, where he met some of his most cherished lifelong friends. He was also excited to help launch Cobblestones of Lowell and was an integral leader in its success. He then went on to work as a real estate agent for several years at Century 21 Carole White Associates in West Roxbury. This led him to pursue a career in finance and was most recently employed as a Senior Loan Officer at Pride Mortgage in Boston.

In his free time, Jim loved to dine out and was known to be a connoisseur of great food. He also loved to travel with Jonathan, especially to their home away from home in St. John. Jim also loved to entertain family and friends. His greatest love however, was spending time in the company of his loving family.

Having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for many years, Jim worked tirelessly supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and advocating the government for more research and support for others living with this disease. As a final act of giving, Jim donated his brain to Harvard University for Multiple Sclerosis research. Now he can finally say that he went to Harvard.

In addition to his partner and parents, Jim is survived by his three sisters, Kathleen Plath and her husband Scott, Patricia Ryan and her husband Daniel and Mary Ferry and her husband David, all of Lowell; his two brothers, John Moynihan and his wife Jennifer of Tewksbury and Kevin Moynihan and his wife Dr. Alison Schwartz of Parkland, FL; his beloved nieces and nephews, Aislyn, Tara and Kelli Plath, Joseph and Jack Ferry, Maeve, Conor and Shea Moynihan, and Hannah and Julia Moynihan; his cousin, Gail DeAngelis and her husband Carmen of Medford; Jonathan's parents, Jonathan Lamson of Hamilton and Linda LeClair of Spring Hill, FL; many aunts, uncles and cousins and many dear friends.

He was also the cousin of the late Frances Moynihan, with whom he had a special bond.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jim's Life Celebration at the MCKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell on Monday, July 11th from 4:00 until 7:00pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Lowell on Tuesday, July 12th at 10:00am. Kindly meet at the church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England,101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 or at

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Life Celebration

Monday, July 11, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home

327 Hildreth St, Lowell, MA 01850

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Funeral Mass

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Margaret of Scotland Church

374 Stevens St, Lowell, MA 01851

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