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Obituary for James Berry Dawson

James Berry Dawson, 85, of Nashua died May 30, 2020 after a short battle with COVID-19.

Born in New Jersey on March 21, 1935, Jim was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank J. Dawson. After graduation from Dartmouth (‘57) and the Tuck School of Business (‘58), he married his lifelong partner and best friend, Lucile (Clendinning) Dawson.

Jim worked in finance, moving with his family from northern New Jersey to Long Island, and eventually to New Hampshire. Settling in Durham, Jim and Lucile welcomed a constant flow of family and friends to their home, which was the center of activity for the couple’s three sons, their friends, and the neighborhood. Jim was a constant presence on the sidelines, pool decks, and in the seats as their sons swam as members of the Oyster River Otters, played on various teams, and performed on stage.

After retiring, Jim and Lucile traveled the world together, visiting four continents, often with lifelong friends or family. Regardless of whether they were home or in some far flung locale, the most important thing was to do it, and everything else, together -- they were never truly alone if they had each other. Their final home was the Huntington in Nashua, where they made special friendships with hundreds of residents, and the incredible caregivers there. Jim liked to play cribbage, read, have lengthy dinners with his friends, and complain about the Patriots defense before they inevitably turned it around and won.

Jim is survived by his three sons and their families: William and Maria of Sudbury, Mass, along with their children Matthew, Taylor, Michael, and Kendall; Robert and Deborah of Londonderry, NH, along with his children Emily and Kylie, Emily’s husband Zach and great grandson Judah; Richard and Katherine of Westwood, Mass., along with their son Andrew. He is also survived by brother David and his wife Virginia, Carol MacNett, and Cynthia Dawson.

A Celebration of Life will be held when possible. He would have been pleased to know that memorial donations were made to the Employee Recognition Fund at the Huntington of Nashua, 55 Kent Rd, Nashua, NH, 03062.