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James Schofield.

GRAFTON - James E. Schofield, 87, passed peacefully Thursday, Feb. 4, in The Rose Monahan Hospice House in Worcester after a brief illness. His wife of 48 years, Ruth E. (O'Maley) Schofield, passed in 1998.

He is survived by his daughter, Eileen K. Schofield; two sons, Peter L. Schofield and Dr. Michael J. Schofield and his companion of 31 years, Dr. Paula Orcutt; one granddaughter, Molly K. Schofield; one grandson, James D. Schofield; several nieces, nephews, cousins and his dear friends, Florence Smith of Grafton, Alden Boyd formerly of Worcester, Paddy and Julia Foyle of Clifden, Ireland. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald F. Schofield.

Mr. Schofield was born Sept. 1, 1922, in Clinton and was raised there, the son of the late Peter J. and Kathryn (McQuoid) Schofield, and has lived in Grafton for 53 years. He was a graduate of Clinton High School, The Massachusetts Nautical School, now The Mass Maritime Academy, Worcester State College and he studied at The Harvard Extension School.

He served with The Merchant Marines before World War II and then enlisted in The US Navy serving in The Asiatic Pacific Theater and The Mediterranean during the war and was honorably discharged as a LTJG. Mr. Schofield continued with the Merchant Marines before beginning a lengthy career with Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. until retiring.

He then spent many years enriched by travel with family and friends. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Philips Catholic Church, also serving on its Parish Council and he was a former member and past chairman of The Grafton Board of Library Trustees, a voracious reader and storyteller.

The family suggests memorial donations rather than flowers sent to The Rose Monahan Hospice House, VNA Care, 10 Judith Road, Worcester, MA 01602 ( A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Feb. 8, in St. Philips Catholic Church. A condolence book may be signed at
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Date:Feb 12, 2010
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