James Edward Thurlow, Jr., 84, of Lowell, MA, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell, MA after a period of declining health.
Born in Haverhill, MA, he was the son of the late James Edward Thurlow, Sr. and Harriet Barbara (Emerson) Thurlow.
James attended Moody Jr. High School, then graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1957. While in high school, James was a Boy Officer and a member of the Band.
After high school, James attended Lowell Technological Institute and graduated from Saunders Electronics in Boston where he pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering.
James proudly served our country in the United States Air Force Reserves and was later called to duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He was a member of Christ Church United in Lowell, MA.
James was very active in his community; in his younger years, he was a member of the DeMolay International Organization. James was also a life-long member of the Ancient York Lodge A.F and A.M Freemasonry in Massachusetts where he was a Master Mason for over 35 years.
James was gifted with his carpentry skills and he loved to build things. He constructed bookshelves, toy boxes, room dividers, doll houses for his family and was passionate about classic Ford automobiles. James also loved the weekly Lowell Sun Puzzles.
He is survived by his sister Jane and her husband Wang Chang Choy of Voorburg, The Netherlands, his sister-in-law Rev. Dr. Judith Thurlow of Dracut, MA and his nephews Robert E. Thurlow, Jr., Mye’Lung Choy, Ying Kaw Choy and his wife Wendy and his niece Joy Leclair and her husband Michael. He was the brother of the late Robert E. Thurlow, Sr.
Visiting hours Friday, November 24, 2023 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Morse-Bayliss Funeral home, 122 Princeton Blvd. Lowell, MA 01851. Funeral Saturday November 25, 2023 at 10:00AM at Funeral Home. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Groveland, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME 978-458-6841. Guestbook at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com CLICK HERE TO WATCH JIM’S FUNERAL SERVICE