James M. Henderson, Jr.

James M. Henderson, Jr., 78, of Mattapoisett, died Sunday May 19, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of Alison B. (Hersey) Henderson.

Born in Milton, the son of the late James M. and Anna (Bassett) Henderson, he had resided in Mattapoisett since the age of four where he discovered his first loves of lobster fishing and sailboat racing.

Jimmie was formerly employed as a plumber for Plumbers Union Local 12 in Boston. Later in life, he found pleasure in detail woodworking and had built a lobster boat, sailboat,and numerous exquisite doll houses. One of his side pleasures was enjoying the game of golf with friends. He was a simple man who was always happiest when working in his yard and spending time with his family and close neighbors. He took great pride in his property, which has been in the Henderson family since 1938.

He was a member of Pythagorean Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Marion, Aleppo Shriners Lodge 781 in Wilmington and the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Scottish Rite Bodies of Southeastern Mass.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1957-1959.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Leslie B. Kesseli and her husband Steven of Acushnet, Whitney L.H. Renauld of East Freetown, and James M. “Jay” Henderson III of Mattapoisett; five grandchildren, Brooke Walsh-Kesseli and her fiancé Russell Michaud, Liisa M. Walsh, Jennifer L. Renauld, Lauren A. Renauld, and Brett W. Renauld; and his loving four-legged companions, Miss Mollie and Spooky.

He was the father-in-law of the late Leo H. Renauld.

His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday (May 23rd) at 10 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 5-8 PM. Remembrances may be made to the Shriners Burn Institute – Boston Unit, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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