James E. Brackett
April 13, 1949 - July 27, 2012
Obituary
Lt. James E. Brackett (Ret.), 63, resident of Merrimack, NH, died July 27, 2012 in Mont Vernon, NH. He was born in Brookline, MA on April 13, 1949, a son of Thomas E. Brackett, Sr. and Helen Rosemary (Foley) Brackett. Jim was raised in Tewksbury, MA and graduated from St. Joseph's High School, Lowell, MA. He received his Associates Degree in Theology from St. Joseph's Seminary, Newburgh, NY. He made his home in Merrimack for the past 22 years and formerly lived in Nashua, NH. Jim retired from the Nashua Police Department in 1999 as a Lieutenant, after 24 years of dedicated and honorable service. He served with the International Police in Kosovo and also served as a law enforcement professional attached to the U.S. military in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim was a faithful communicant of St. Patrick's Church, Milford. He was predeceased by a son, Padraig Brackett. Family members include his wife of 33 years, Martha E. (Anderson) Brackett of Merrimack, NH; two sons and daughters-in-law, Seamus and Megan Brackett of Washington, DC, Captain Sean Brackett (U.S. Army) and Marissa Brackett of Fort Bragg, NC; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kerin and Aaron Daigneault of Manchester, NH, Kelly and Jeffrey Gariepy of Durango, CO, Kaela Brackett of Merrimack, NH; two grandchildren, Ashlinn Brackett and Christian Daigneault; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert and Holly Brackett of Kingston, NH, Thomas E. Brackett, Jr. and Cathy Brackett of Tyngsboro, MA; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Bill Crawford of Wolfeboro, NH, Roseanna and Timothy Bolduc of Amherst, NH, Maureen and Edward Campbell of Mont Vernon, NH, Margaret and Michael Mahoney of Haverhill, MA, Maryanne and Joseph Reiss of Tyngsboro, MA, Gabrielle and Sean Dunphy of Deerfield, NH; many nieces and nephews. Calling hours are Tuesday, July 31st from 4:00-8:00 pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 am in St. Patrick's Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery, Mont Vernon, NH. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Funeral Information

Visitation

Calling hours are Tuesday, July 31st from 4:00-8:00 pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH.

Services

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 am in St. Patrick's Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford.

Interment

Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Mont Vernon, NH.
Condolences

Bob Goff

One of the finest men I have ever met and known. You were truly a man's man and an overall great guy and colleague. I have many unforgettable memories of working together in Patrol and the Detective Bureaus with you, as well as in Kosovo and Iraq, and I'll never forget them. Rest in peace in God's arms, Brother, and say Hi to BJ for me.

June and Paul (Hanley) Russell

Jim will be greatly missed by all. He was a great man and patriot. My mother and father loved him so. We will all miss him. Love and prayers, June and Paul

Roy Repasky

I remember James from Kosovo, he was always the one who was getting things done while serving in a very difficult area of Kosovo. The best of the best.. May you rest in peace and thank you for your service to America and the world....

Ernie Beauchemin (NPD Retired)

My condolences to Jim's family. Jim was truely a valued asset to the Nashua Police Department and a friend to all who knew him. Rest In Peace my friend

Pete Bouchard

Jim was a great cop, a great mentor and when you were in trouble, a great back up officer. Many nights were spent in the company of this gentleman who somehow was able to tell stories to rookie cops and turn them into learnimg experiences. Jim also taught me what I missed in life by not being Irish. You will be sorely missed brother.

bobm2Cox.net

Iwill miss him. He will be in my prayers.

Donna & Tony Centrella

Our deepest condolences to the entire Brackett family.

Edmund Burke

It was and always will be my great honor to count Jim as a friend. We worked together and for a time resided together while on NPD. Simply put, you could have no greater friend than Jimmy he always "had your back". He was there for me in too many ways to count. I will always remember our time together. To all the Brackett family I extend my sincere condolences, Jim was one of the really good ones.

Raymond McDannell

Its hard to say goodby to such a great boss. My boss for 10 years. The true meaning of "Brother" in brotherhood. Thanks for everything you did for me, you will be truly missed

linda giroir

jim was a wonderful person his smile just lit up a room my mom aunt june send her love also

Randy Ostrander

I had the greatest honor of working with Jim in Mitrovica, Kosovo. My fondest memory of him was during a post war blackout. We were having pancakes, watching "Saving Private Ryan" and listening to spontaneous gunfire near Jim's apartment. Jim laughed, stating that no one would ever believe that we were watching a war movie in a still a war zone. Jim, say hello to everyone and give Mike Dawes and Mike Zimmerman a big pat on the back. We will be seeing you before you know it. Take care my brother

linda giroir



linda giroir

jim will be missed he was the kindest and loving person my mom loved him so much

linda giroir

jim will be missed he was the kindest and loving person my mom loved him so much

Randy Vick

Never had the honor of serving with Jim, although I too served in Kosovo and Afghanistan, but I've heard wonderful things about Jim and I honor him for his great service to his country and to his family and friends. Please accept my condolences and prayers for you (his family) at this time of your great loss. Randy Vick, Sr. Police Consultant Jalal Abad, Kyrgyzstan

Edgar T. Lacy

To the family and friends of “Jim” Brackett, I would like to say that I have had the honor and privilege of working with Jim, from August 2010 through Dec 2011, in Fort Knox, Kentucky and then at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Salerno, Khost Province, Afghanistan. Jim had two passions that I observed. His wife and children, whom he raved about and serving as a law enforcement officer, in the US or Overseas. It didn’t matter to him. I believe Jim’s calling was to serve his fellow man and from my perspective he did honorably and with passion. He, as I witnessed on more than one occasion, put himself in harm’s way to protect those that for whatever reason were weak or could not protect their selves. May I see Jim someday again in heaven. I’m sure he’ll stop me at the gates to verify I’m allowed in. God Bless my friend, Go with God. Edgar

Rosanna Bolduc

My heart is heavy but I am happy that you are with Mom, Dad and Padraig now. I will miss you so very much dear brother. Love, Rosanna

Nancy Robidoux Murphy Keefe

To The Brackett Famiy: Jim was a great man, friend, and dad. He touched so many lifes and will be sadly missed by all that knew him..God Bless! With love and prayers! Gerry and Nancy Keefe.and Family. Tewksbury Mass

Jack Hanley & Aunt Alice

Growing up and as an adult, Jim was the pride and joy of every member of his family. We are all better for having had him as an example of what a great grandson, son, brother,nephew, husband, father, cousin should be. I am proud to have the same blood in my veins. He truly was what a man should. We'll miss you, but will know where to find you. God Bless Aunt Alice and the Hanley Family

lainie

have missed you all and have prayed all while you were away to keep you safe. Rest in peace with all our loved ones who waited to welcome you home. Love you always

Francine Smith

I would like to express my condolences to you for the loss of your husband, father and brother, Mr. James Brackett. A scripture from God's Word, the Bible, that provided comfort for me during my times of grief and sorrow, is John 5:28, where Jesus promised that time is coming when all those in their graves will hear his voice and be resurrected to live again. What joy you will feel when you are reunited with Mr. Brackett on a peaceful new earth. Once again, I express my deepest sympathy.

Michael Leonard

I worked with Jim for a year while in Kosovo and he was a true cop. He always had his brothers backs no matter what the situation. I've never worked with better. You'll be missed Jim but never forgotten. Ge've got the watch until we meet again.

Cook/MacLeod Family

we are so shocked by the passing of your husband, brother,father, uncle. Jim was a great guy and always had a smile on his face. God Bless

Ron Palmer

Dear Brackett Family, I met Jim when he came through Ft. Irwin and the National Training Center. He was a pleasure to know and I am richer for having known him. He was a great team leader and a good man. I know he was a cop's cop. My deepest symapthies. Ron Palmer Chicago P.D.(retired)

Margie

My heart aches at your passing my dearest brother. It was my honor to be with you when you passed from this life to a greater eternal life. I am positive Jesus said well done good and faithful servant now you can rest. I will always hold my treasured memories of you so close to my heart. A great brother and surrogate father to all of us. I love you so much Jim. God bless Seamus, Sean, Kerin, Kelly and Kayla during this Very difficult time. Love Margie

Alan Stuart

Jim, thanks for the many memories, laughs, advice and friendship. It seems like yesterday that we atended the academy together. My lasting memory of you will be your dedication and loyalty to your family first, your friends and NPD. Words can not express my sadness for you and your family.

Daniel Walsh

Rest in Pease, Jimmy. (Tewksbury boyhood friend)

Ken Renoux ret Fire Marshal

Allways an outstanding guy to work with on a fire. may God bless and keep him.

Pete C. Chambers

Jim, My Brother, my God watch over your family as he welcomes you home. Know that your family is in our thoughts, and prayers. It was my Honor to have been blessed with the privledge of having worked with you as a LEP in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Rest In Peace MY Brother.

Jim Mulligan

There was no one like Jim, he was an original! He would walk into a room and light it up. I had the priviliged of working with Jim in uniform and detectives at NPD. Saint Michael the patron saint of police officers will be there to escort him into heaven. Rest in peace Jim.

Pat Doherty

It was always a pleasure to work with Jim as we represented our departments. Wonderful sense of humor and personality. A good man. Rest in peace, Brother. Pat Doherty Amherst PD (ret)

Ron Almeida & Family

LT, You were the best Supervisor anyone could work for. You were a great cop and even better man. You were there for me and my family before and after NPD. You raised great children which reflects the man you are and will sadly be missed.

Russell Ux

Jim. A great friend and mentor. You were always there whenever needed and your advice and guidance over the years was greatly appreciated. It never mattered where we were from or who we represented, we were all Police Officers and brothers in your eyes. May you rest in peace and my sincerest condolences to your family and friends. Chief Russell Ux (Retired) Hollis PD

Mary Dowling-McMahon

My thoughts and prayers to Mr. Brackett's family. I remember him from being a child/young person, he worked with my dad Lt. Ronald Dowling Ret. Nashua PD. He was a kind man. May you rest in peace.

Fr. john Curran o.m.i.

I knew jim when we were 18-20 years of age.As a young man he had so much passion.He celebrated living and was unafraid to "paint outside the lines" while always being good to the core.May he rest in peace.

Patrick A. Bailey Jr

My condolenses to the Brackett family.I had the honor to serve with Jim during the Kosovo mission. A truely honorable man. He will be missed. Rest in peace Brother.

Bob Bergin

Jimmy, When St. Peter sees You, tell him "Just another soldier reporting, Sir, I've served my time in hell"....I am pleased that our paths crossed and we last spoke at Market Basket It is my honor to call You a Friend a true Patriot. Bobby

Kathy & Sean Donovan

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the Brackett family. Jim was definately one of Nashua Pd's best! To know and work with him you automatically luved him! He was definately a real people person as it showed with his boys in blue and his family. So, god I do have to say... you definately got a real "Angel"...Rest in peace LT Brackett.....Rest in peace brother!

Enrique Morales

My sincere condolences to the Brackett family. I remember James being authentically concern and giving me good sound advice when I was deploying to Iraq. He was an honorable man and I am blessed to have known him for the short time. Respectfully, Enrique Morales

Phil Nuchereno

Jim, I am looking at your picture with tears in my eyes. After all we went through in Kosovo with the International Police force it has come to this. I want all the Bracket family to know how much I loved Jim. My brother forever, I will never forget him God Bless Him Saint Peter is waiting for you brother Remember me and God willing maybe someday hopefully I will see you again Phil Nuchereno

Michele Johnson

It was with a heavy heart that I heard of Jim's passing. He was a great friend. I will miss being called "kid" all the time An Angel was called to Heaven and I will greatly miss him with all my heart. I hope Saint Michael takes good care of him My condolences to the entire Brackett family . Your father was so proud of all of you RIP JIm. I will miss you dearly Sadly, Michele

Dennis Welch

Jimmy, old friend. I will miss that firm handshake of yours. You will be missed by everyone. My life was better when you stepped in and helped me when I needed it. I am forever grateful Jim. My condolences to Jim's family and friends and all those who knew him. Al, please email me if you can.

Dennis Welch

Jimmy, old friend. I will miss that firm handshake of yours. You will be missed by everyone. My life was better when you stepped in and helped me when I needed it. I am forever grateful Jim. My condolences to Jim's family and friends and all those who knew him. Al, please email me if you can.

larry Galipeault

Our deepest sympathy go out to the Brackett family. It was a pleasure working with Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Peace Jimmy. Larry & Jeannine Galipeault (NPD retired)

Bill and Loretta Deppe

Dear Brackett Family, We were so sad to hear that Jim was ill and that he has passed away. We would like to extend our prayers and thoughts to all of you. We will be thinking of you all during this very difficult time. God Bless

Phil Harr

I blessed to share the year of 1969-70 with Jim at the Oblates Novitiate in Godfrey, IL. He always had a way of inspiring those around him. I extend my condolences to his family and friends. Know that he rests with his Savior at peace.

Joe & Jennie Manning

A great man will be missed by all that had the privledge to have know him.

Paul and Margie Goupil

To the Brackett Families. We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time.

Lynda Page

To the entire Brackett family, my father Al Page and I send our warmest regards and deepest sympathies. My parents (my mother Trudy passed 10/2011) were good friends of Tom and Helen and, for a time, the children of both families had some interactions. My parents always spoke fondly of the Brackett family. Often, the good ones are taken too soon. Reading all the wonderful comments, it is clear Jim was a good, good man. No surprise, the Bracketts are a solid family comprised of solid individuals. Thinking of you. Lynda & Al Page, Tewksbury

Cindy Watts-Cadorette

I met Jim when I was very young as he and my father, George Watts, were members of the Nashua Police Department. I remeber the times when Jim would come to our house or I would visit the Police station. He was a great guy. He was always respectful, kind and made me laugh! My condolences to his family. My dad passed away 7 months ago. Now he and Jim are up in Heaven, together once again. God has his Police angels by his side.

Tony Sandoval

I was very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I worked with Jim in Afghanistan and he was a fine man. Please accept my heart felt condolences.

Scott Childs & Family

I will miss that great smile and crushing hand shake he would give to those he came into contact with. I had the pleasure of working under Jimmy's command at NPD from 1981 until he retired in 1999. Jimmy was a true blue friend that would go out of his way to help you make what ever wrongs you may have done, right. Jimmy was faithful to God and to his family and is now surely with God who I am sure greated him with opened arms saying, " Good job my faithful son." James E. Brackett, a name that will live on forever and a man I will never forget.

Joe Seinitz

Hell of a guy ! Spent time with Jimmy in Iraq. RIP my brother.

Paul Bessette

My sincerest condolences to the entire Brackett Family. I knew Jim from the days when he helped Sypris T&M in Billerica and Orlando with our facility needs. Jim was always an extremely hard working man and was also very fun to have around with his colorful jokes and stories. He will be sorely missed by all, but I feel confident he is in heaven sharing those same colorful stories and making everyone laugh as he did here on earth. We are all richer for having know him.

Mary-Jo Howe

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile leaving footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same. Lt. Brackett you were wonderful to work for. You truly have left many footprints and you will never be forgotten. To the Brackett family my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Patrick Goodridge

My deepest sympathy to the Brackett family. Lt. Taught me so much about police work but more importantly taught me how to be a father, husband and a man. You made everyone you came in contact with a better person and your memory will never be forgotten. God bless to all of you.

Esat Maxhuni

Dear Brackett family, I would like to epxress my sincere condolonces to all of you. I had a great pleasure to meet Jim during his mission in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Great cop and a great friend! May God rest his soul! Esat

Jim Casey

You were such a great man to work with, and for. You were true blue in every way, and you showed us how to conduct ourselves. You were a man of faith and family, and now you're at rest, which is something you did very little of in your life. One of the greatest guys I've ever known, I'll miss you very much.

Joseph A. Morabito

As a fellow Law Enforcement Officer and as a fellow Law Enforcement Professional I want to express my heartfelt sorrow for the loss of James. My thoughts and Prayers go out to his family and I will keep James in my thoughts. God Bless Him and his Family

Steven and Judith Closs

Jimmy, I well remember five consecutive years as Station Supervisors and 'Partners'; Third Shift; with the Nashua Police Department. I remember your help with building a walk-in attic in my condo. But, what I remember most was that you had a specific creed: God first, Country second, and Family third. You were a man of your word. And the Lord said: "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9) You are truly a 'Son of God' now and you will lead a battalion of his 'Warrior Angels'. I wish you God's Grace in your future battles against Satan and his fallen angels. With Love and Admiration, Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.) Nashua P.D.

Pete Briggette

My deepest sympathy to the entire Brackett family. I served with Jim in Mitrovica, Kosovo during our assignment with the International Police Task Force. I was truly honored to work with such a fine individual. Jim was a brave man. He consistently was one of the first police officers to arrive on-scene when the situation deteriorated and there was a need for law enforcement. We worked with police officers from over 40 other countries. Jim served as a role model to many of these officers. Jim cared about people and he was a true professional. I will always value Jim’s loyatily and friendship. God bless! We will miss you brother. Until we meet again…. Pete Briggette Gainesville, Florida

Eric Provost

Family and friends of JIm Brackett: My name is Eric Provost, retired Army MP Officer, former Chief of Police, and most importantly--Jim's Country Manager in the Law Enforcement Professional (LEP) Program. I had the privilege of doing this twice. First, in Iraq; and then as I moved to spent a second year in Afghanistan, I endorsed Jim for promotion and was lucky enough to have him follow me there. Jim was simply SUPERIOR in his performance in the most demanding and dangerous of locations and missions, and mage a huge impact, not only in the safety of our own forces, but in helping the Afghani people fight corruption and terrorism, and stand up stongly on thier own two feet. As you can imagine, Jim was worshipped by his assigned units, by their leaders, and especially by the younger soldiers. He was loved and respected by his fellow LEPs. And I. He loved his family, his community, and his country. I count him among the small handful of people that I truly consider the finest of American heroes. It was my distinct priviledge to have known and served with Jim, and I would like to express my heartfelt condolences for you loss. God Bless

JD Luckie (Midland, Texas)

To the Family of Jimmy Brackett and especially to his children and Capt. Sean Brackett: I was the person who wrote you the letter about your father and his actions on 4 Feb 2000 in Mitrovica, Kosovo. As I told you then and as I tell the rest of the family, your father saved many lives that night -- not only Albanians and Serbs, but Americans as well. He was one of the finest and bravest of men I have had the privilege of serving with. Your father, along with myself and several others, was called American "Cowboy" by the French general. Your father laughed and said he wasn't from Texas, but he was proud to be called an American Cowboy. This world has lost a great man and this country has lost a great patriot. I am proud to have served with him and called him "friend." I will miss him deeply. He will always be in my memory.

Barry M. Lynch

To the Bracket family, how does one remember and pay respect to such a person as Jim? A man, who has impacted so many in his life time… I met Jim in February of 2000 when I had been transferred from the south to the Mitrovica North Police Station. He was the Deputy Contingent Commander for the Mitrovica Region. He was the commander of all the American Police Officers serving in the region, some 150 plus officers. He was the boss of all who have posted above, their recollection of Jim. In addition to serving as the Deputy Contingent Commander, Jim was also the Regional Investigation Commander. Between Feb and July of 2000, I had a chance to come to know Jim. As such he came to know me. I developed a deep respect for Jim for many reasons. However, the things that I admired Jim so much for was his commitment to his job, his subordinates, the people of the Mitrovica Region, the town of North Mitrovica and to the Kosovo Mission. Jim was not in Kosovo for a holiday. He was there to commit himself fully to the goals of the mission. His feelings towards those who did not share his values and commitment to duty where openly noted. He said what was on his mind no matter the consequences. He was a tough minded individual, yet a fair and compassionate. He was a man of extreme courage. He led by example. You never had to ask where Jim was for he was always out front. To Jim, danger was an emotion that never crossed his mind. It was an opportunity to distinguish himself as a man from the confusion that permeated the moment. I did not know it at the time, but Jim was instrumental in my getting the appointment as Deputy Station Commander of the North Mitrovica Station in June of 2000. He also was instrumental in my getting his position as Contingent Commander, when he left the region in July of 2000. His last recommendation for me was for a position with MPRI as a Embed Law Enforcement Officer in Iraq. I can only say how honored I am that Jim thought so much of me. For I know that to make it in his enter circle, meant that I was among a very small group of individuals he respected. For that, I will always be humbled and grateful. Thanks Jim for your confidence and respect in me. I believe that God puts each and every one of us in places and situations for a reason. I was supposed to meet Jim along with all the other noted individuals at the time and place God prescribed. For in each of us, there is something God wants us to share with others. Jim was supposed to be in North Mitrovica in the fall of 99. Lastly, I know that Jim would have wanted to say to Gene, Esat, Doc, all the language assistance, housekeepers, fellow International Police Officers at the North Station, JD, Bob, Pete, Danny and so many others but especially you Phil, “Thanks man.” Respectfully, Barry M. Lynch

Kaleigh

I will miss you greatly Uncle Jim. I will never forget all that you did for me when i was growing up. You were like a second father to me and I will never forget your kindness, or your milkshakes you always brought home for me and posie on those hot summer nights! You were a great father, husband and were a great person and man to all who knew you. A true patriot indeed, a man who loved his children, his wife, his family, GOD and America! You will be missed by all my dearest Uncle and until we meet again someday, i know i will have an angel watching over me. God Bless you Aunt Schatzie, Seamus, Sean, Kerin, Kelly and Posie, I love you all<3

Maryann

Jim, What can I say that already hasn't been said. You were the best brother anyone could ask for. You never asked for anything but gave of yourself always. It was an honor to be with you when you transitioned into your eternal life with Jesus. I know Mom and Dad were waiting with open arms. Life will never be the same until we all meet you again dear brother. Thank you for your service to our country. God Bless Schatzie, Seamus, Sean, Kerin, Kelly and Posie. Jim loved you all so much.

James Hardy, Hillsborough County Sheriff, NH

Very sorry about Jim's passing. Jim had an exemplary record of public service in police work, to the benefit of the city of Nashua and the entire country. Thoughts and sympathy to the Brackett family.

The Lasselles (across the street)

Sorry to read about Jim. We'll miss seeing him at the mail box and watching the many projects he was doing around the house. Jon and Carol

Bob Taormina

My thouhgts and prayers are with his family. I had the honor of working with Jim in the LEP program in Afghanistan. RIP my Bother and friend.

Dick and Pat Silva

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family during this difficult time. I have many memories of our time together at Nashua Police Dept. May all the comments posted help bring you peace as you see how many lives Jim impacted in a positive way.

Mike Raiche

My heart sank when I heard that Jim passed away. A down to earth, honest, hard-working family man. He will be missed. My sincerest condolences to Jim's family. Mike Raiche

Albert McKeon

As a kid, I wanted to be Jimmy Brackett. He was strong, had the swagger of a movie star and smiled as if he knew a grand secret about life. When my dad died, Jim managed to care for our family while raising one of his own. As his remarkable father, my Uncle Tom, had done, Jim spared the little free time he had to watch over a widow and two young kids struggling with loss. I couldn't wait to see Jim, to talk sports, ask him how to handle problems at school or simply secure his approval. Whether taking me to a Red Sox game or tolerating my two left thumbs as I tried to help him build his house, he always made me feel important - validating my existence at a time when life didn't seem to amount to much. As I raise my three-week-old daughter in Newton, Massachusetts - the hometown of my grandparents, Al and Rose Foley - I can't help but think of the strands of time and where Jim fits in our grand family history. The Foleys led their lives with dignity and joy. They lost a son in World War II, and had five daughters who raised smart and caring children. Those children, in turn, passed on similar traits and virtues to their children. And now some of them have started another generation. Jim Brackett highlighted all of the qualities that define this family by being patriotic, faithful, considerate and strong. His spirit will live on because he's part of us and because we try to be like him.

Moe

The strongest, sweetest, kindest man I have ever known. Clint Eastwood style tough guy with a heart of gold. I think we all believed we were so special and we were the chosen ones he did sweet things for, because that is how he made us feel! A light went out in the world the day you left us Jim, and a new star was born. The world was a better place for all you did. I will never stop missing you Jim. Thank you for all your love and kindness to all of us.  Love always, Moe

Danny Fox

In remenbrance of one of the best cops I had the pleasure of working with in my 28 years in law enforcement. He was truly a patriot! and old school peace officer whom you could ALWAYS depend on no matter the situation. You will be missed " Jimmy Brackett". May you rest in comfortand peace.

Steve Bulvanoski

jimmy and I spent time together when we were both in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Seminary. It was a small period of our life but I think for all of us who were there it was a very significant period of our lives. Quite simply, we went in to the seminary because we felt God had called us to leave everything and follow Him. There we were in a totally different place where many of our teenage supports were gone (family, girls, friends, cars, money, sports etc). Beyond that, being in the seminary forced us to make some difficult internal changes. As a result, living out that choice, even for us who didn't end up becoming priests - took a good amount of courage and it also bonded us together for life. I know I am going on here, but I wasn't able to come up these last few days but I wanted to talk a bit about that courageous decision of Jimmie's that I was priveleged to witness many years ago and that even though I haven't seen him in a long time he is in my heart and I will never forget him. Great Job Jimmie!

Bob Butters

I tried to find Jim online just a couple of weeks ago. I was thinking about him because he saved my behind in Kosovo once and I still never thanked him properly. Jim was a great man and I admired and trusted him. I want to send my most heartfelt condolences to his family

Dan,Maureen and Dana Carr

To all the Brackett family, we offer our sincere sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. Respectfully, Dan, Maureen and Dana Carr

The Fraser Family

Our condolences to the Brackett Family on the passing of your beloved Jim. We have enjoyed every moment spent in Jim's company. He was an honorable man, a true role model for so many and a great friend to us. I especially remember his listening to Christmas music while working on a project in our home in October! "You've Got A Friend In Me" Rest In Peace Mr. B.

Daniel Hureau and Family

Seamus, I wanted to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family as you endure this painful time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Elizabeth Brackett-Alves

Of course you were an Amazing man Jim..... You were a Brackett! But after being with your Beautiful Family over the last couple of days and hearing different stories about your life,I am so truly proud to have had you as a cousin. The Love that you had for your Family and Your Country was Incredible. You were a man of Honor, Dignity and Respect and I will always treasure the memories that I have of you. My deepest sympathy and love to all my Beautiful Brackett relatives. Rest In peace Jim. God Bless.

Nancy Brackett Marchand

Dear Joan, Al, Rosanna, Maureen, Tom, Margie, Maryann and Garbie, I was heartbroken to learn of Jimmy's passing. It must be heart-wrenching to lose someone you love sooo much. I have such fond memories of the times I spent with you all in Tewksbury. Jim was such a lovable little boy who always had a big smile and a kind word for everyone. I remember Jimmy as a very warm-hearted, obedient boy who was so good. After reading all of these remarkable stories of Jim, and hearing such great things about him these past two days, I am truly humbled and oh, SO PROUD to call him "COUSIN". WHAT A MAN!!! How proud your wonderful Dad must be of you Jim. Rest In Peace, dear Jim, and until we all meet again, may God hold you in the Palm of His Hand. Love, Nancy

Karen Barrows

I worked with Jim for almost 2 years on 3rd shift at NPD. He was always so darn funny he cracked me up all the time. I saw him over the years and he still called me "kid" I loved that about him. I remember when Kaela Rose was born, he had tears in his eyes he was so happy, and all you boys and girls with your Irish names...I razzed him all the time because I was Scottish...God bless you Martha, and know that all of us who ever met him were really and truly glad to know him...that stubborn Man that he was.

Karen Hildreth (formerly Gerow)

May God bless all of you as you lead your lives with that empty place at the table or on the swing that Jim had in your lives. He was a funny man, a great Irishman, and a great cop. Féadfaidh an tiarna féachaint ar os cionn leat agus tú a threorú go dtí go bhfeiceann tú aghaidh Jim mar tú isteach dó ag an tábla an Tiarna.

Seamus

You're the man, Dad. When I was younger, most kids my age had heroes such as Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Hulk Hogan, or GI Joe! My hero was always close by. It was my dad. John Wayne and Clint Eastwood didn't have $#*! on Jimmy Brackett! He wasn't just my father. He was my hero, my confidant, and most of all, my best friend. The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" portrays how one man touched so many others lives. That is Dad. Standing next to him during the wake, so many of his friends and family came through and told me how much he meant to them. People from his childhood, high school, college, police department...working construction. It will be tough for us to continue on with daily life. But as he always said, "what doesn't kill yah makes you stronger." And I am stronger for having had Jim Brackett as my dad. Thanks to all that have supported my family during this difficult time. Dad once said to me, "I'm always going be here, buddy". He will be. He has impacted so many people various ways. He was a people person, a cops cop, a mans man, a true hero in every sense of the word. You will be missed, Dad. Thanks for always being there.

Ed Sherman

Jim or "Irish" as I called him, will be missed very much. I looked over at mass today where he would normally be, and could only imagine his smile being there, shining back. Prayers are with you and your loved ones, my friend. Thank you for showing so many of us how to celebrate life.

Joan

Jim you were a great brother and I will never forget our childhood and life together. You always watched out for me. I know you are in heaven with Mom and Dad. I have a piece of my heart missing ,my dear brother. I love you always. May God bless you. I am so proud You were my brother and friend. Much sympathy to Shartzie and all your children and grandchildren. Love,Joan

Phil DiMattia

Jim, we had much fun renovating Billerica and Burlington when I worked for ST&M. You always had my greatest respect and were such a hard worker. You were a joy to have around and always brought a smile to everyone's face. You will be truly missed and I'm a better man for knowing you. Phil DiMattia


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