James E. Dow

April 6, 1953 ~ December 24, 2020 (age 67)


James E. Dow, 67, died Thursday 12/24/2020 at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield due to COVID.  He was born in Montague on April 6, 1953, the son  of Earl and Thelma (Pecor) Dow.  James was a custodian at the University of Massachusetts for thirty two years before his retirement. 

He was an easy going guy who enjoyed fishing and loved watching horror movies and listening to rock music. 

Among his survivors, James leaves a daughter, Sarah Dempsey and  her fiancé James Hyson of Orange; three grandchildren, Autumn Starr Dempsey, Bailey Skyy Dempsey and Chayton Storm Dempsey; a sister, Rose Thompson and a brother, Richard Dow, both of Greenfield; nieces and nephews, Laurie Moran, Kim Thompson, Jeffrey Kirley, Thomas Kirley,  Sheila (Kirley), Mason Williams, Leigh Renaud, Jeremy Guathier and Ross Williams.  He also leaves his ex-wife Nancy Burke and her husband Donald Burke.

Funeral services and burial will be private. 

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