James Edward Foley Jr.

James Edward Foley, Jr. of Dennisport, formerly of Milton, died unexpectedly at the age of 64,  at Morton Hospital, Taunton.

Born in Boston on January 1, 1948 he was the son of the late  James E. Foley and Therese R. ( Cronin) Foley.  He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Brookline, Class of 1966. He later graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Masters in Public Administration in 1978.

James retired from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in 2004, after over 26 years of service.  One of his most rewarding professional accomplishments was his involvement in the designing, developing, implementing and directing a clinical system of care in response to an adolescent/cluster suicide crisis. This initiative was successful and has been reviewed by other states,  as well as the Republic of Ireland for use in urban trauma and “adolescent/cluster suicide” situations.

James received numerous awards during his career among them being, “Pride in Performance” from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Outstanding Metro Boston Employee Award for Performance and Contributions on behalf of  Consumers and Employees,” from the Dept. of Mental Health, Metro Boston Area, “Outstanding Services and Leadership provided to the Greater Boston Community,” from the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the “Commitment to Young People of South Boston” from the New England Medical Center.

Since James’ retirement and until the time of his death, he worked as a managerial consultant for various Mental Health Agencies. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health.

He was the beloved husband of Michele Ann (Fitzmaurice) Foley.  Devoted father of Meghan F. Foley and her husband, Errol Gaudette of Scituate, Brother of Leo P. Foley and his wife Dorothy   of Franklin, and Kevin P. Foley of Dennis. Uncle of Kathleen and Conor Foley of IL., Leo P. Foley, Jr. of Bellingham and Corrine Moran of Franklin. Brother in law of Edward Fitzmaurice of Milton and Jean Fitzmaurice of Holbrook.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Agatha Church, Adams Street at Brook Road, Milton, Friday, September 21 at 10:30 am.  Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE, Thursday 4 – 8 pm. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Scituate..

If desired contributions in James’ name may be sent to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, 130 Bowdoin St., Suite 309, Boston, MA 02108.