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James Edward Gouin
July 17, 1948 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Webster/Uxbridge- James Edward Gouin, a decorated Navy veteran, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted wife and daughter on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
James is survived by his loving wife of thirty-five years, Lorene (Bacon) Gouin and three daughters: Jenna E. Gouin of Webster, who was his caregiver and advocate; Christine Ozolins of Dudley; and Jaime Teodoro of Worcester. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Kenneth “Moose” Gouin of North Uxbridge and his sister, Patricia Daley of Broomfield, CO. He leaves behind three grandchildren: Camryn, J.J. and Leah, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He is survived by several childhood, close friends whom he considered his brothers: Robert ‘Rex” Matte, Joe Sabatino, Bob “Coon” Dalbec, Mark “Hanky” Pasiczniak, Ron “Louchy” Castonguay and Dennis “Dino” Bombara. In addition, he leaves his beloved family felines: Jagger and Faithful, who lovingly comforted him on some of his most difficult days. He was predeceased by his son, Jonathan Gouin, and brother-in-law, Timothy Daley.
Born in Whitinsville, MA on July 17, 1948, he was the son of Edward J. “Sonny” and Lena M. (Furno) Gouin. He graduated from Uxbridge High School in 1966, where he was an outstanding gymnast and baseball player, and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. He then served aboard the U.S.S. Everett F. Larson from 1967-1970 during the Vietnam War and traveled through the South Pacific.
James spent many years working in the textile industry at various mills including Stanley Woolen, Stevens Linen, and Anglo Fabrics. He was a mail handler at the United States Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center in Shrewsbury; he retired after twenty-six years of service in 2014. Shortly after retirement, he worked part time for Tri-Valley Inc. and delivered Meals on Wheels. This job brought him tremendous joy and, in true James fashion, he made many friends along his route.
Jim’s love language was food. If you were lucky to know him, chances are you were fortunate enough to receive one of his many tasty creations. During the warmer months, you could find him outdoors in front of his smoker while he made his world-famous batches of beef jerky or smoked roast beef. There was nothing he enjoyed more than cooking and bringing his family and friends together for meals. When he wasn’t hard at work in front of his smoker, you could often find him tending to his hot pepper plants on the patio.
James had several passions in his life, but none as deep-rooted as his undying love for his New England sports teams. On weekends, you would find him with his brother and closest friends watching whatever games were on, enjoying some great food and cocktails. Another highlight of his days was his afternoon stops at Empire Wok for a Mai Tai; there, he would often bring snacks in to share and visit with his friends. Wherever he went, he brought an energy that was infectious and a smile that could warm your heart. For everyone who knew and loved Jim, our lives will be forever changed; he will be missed more than words can ever be conveyed.
Jim was extraordinarily privileged to be cared for by Dr. Jeff Barnes and Dr. Jorg Dietrich, along with the entire Lymphoma and Neuro-Oncology Service and Lunder 9 nursing staff, of Massachusetts General Hospital. The Gouin family is forever indebted to the world-class care they provided Jim.
Calling hours at Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd., Uxbridge are Wednesday. February 7th from 10 to 11:30 am. His graveside funeral service will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Uxbridge. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Lymphoma Research Fund (208335) specifically for CAR-T/Cellular Therapy efforts in Lymphoma. Donations can be made by visiting: https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/james-gouin2/?tribute_type=In%20Memory%20Of