James S. Danielson

Jim Danielson passed away peacefully on May 7, 2020.  He was a loving husband to Kelly and loving and supportive father to Ben and their dog, Sweetie.  He is survived by his mother Patricia (Boyle) Danielson, his sister Ellen Hacunda wife of John Hacunda, his brother Hugh Danielson, his sister Grace Bolduc wife of Paul Bolduc, and 3 nieces and 3 nephews.  He was also a brother to Eric Danielson and Paul Danielson who predeceased him.

Jim graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University and North Eastern University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business.  He worked as an Operations Manager and Principal Engineer at Raytheon.

In Jim’s 16 years at Raytheon, he advanced from his role as a Manufacturing Engineer working on the production floor building underwater sensors, to serving as an Operations Integrated Product Team Leader, leading teams of engineers and technicians in the assembly, integration and test of advanced underwater systems. Jim was widely regarded as an expert in the underwater sensor processing field and has led numerous multimillion dollar research & development projects and production projects in both the unclassified and classified realms. He was sought after by many programs for his ingenuity and his creativity and he was well liked by everyone who knew him.

He also worked as a college professor at Roger Williams University and Johnson and Wales University.  Jim participated as a volunteer and as a Chaplin for Boy Scouts, Troop 1 and Troop 9 in Seekonk, MA.  He was an avid sailor and was formerly a member of the Narragansett Terrace Yacht Club.  Jim was a 33rd degree Mason.

What he loved most was his family and being Ben’s father.  He spent as much time as he could with him.  He was a great role model.  People who knew him know that he had a terrific sense of humor and was always finding a way to make people laugh.  He was an amazing human being and will be missed greatly.


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Donna Rizzardini Cabral from Riverside wrote on June 5, 2020 at 7:43 pm:
I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a great guy in high school. You could just tell he was going to be "one of the good ones". My sincere condolences to the family.
Vickie Settle from Portsmouth wrote on May 29, 2020 at 10:03 am:
I am saddened by the passing of Jim as he has left us too soon. I will remember Jim's always smiling face, kind gestures and wit! My sympathy to Jim's family and friends as I know he touched many.
Peter Erkkinen from Providence wrote on May 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm:
I met Jim at Narragansett Terrace Yacht Club, and learned he was a neighbor and enthusiastic mariner. I respect his knowledge and commitment to sailing, and his deep love of his family. I will miss his positive attitude and joyful life, and will not forget them. R.I.P. Jim.
Kathleen Boyle from Alna, ME wrote on May 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm:
To the family, I am deeply saddened by the passing of my cousin Jim. Your Jim. He was kind and smart and funny and had that smile that was a welcome. I have such fond memories of us all romping about as kids and much admiration of the man he became. He will be missed by family and all that knew him. To my dear family, I weep with you and I stand with you. Much love to you all.
frank mello from warren wrote on May 15, 2020 at 11:47 am:
Grace & family , My heartfelt condolences goes out to all of you at this very difficult time.So very sorry to hear of your brothers passing .may he rest in peace
Ken Hoffman from North Kingstown wrote on May 12, 2020 at 9:24 pm:
Thoughts, prayers and positive thoughts from our family to yours Jim. We worked together on many projects and I always appreciated your candid approach to our work as well as your sense of humor. Jim will be sorely missed not just for his contributions around the office and production floor, but for his humor, smile and hearty laugh. My heart goes out to his family, wife and son. The loss we all feel at work must be a but a fraction of what you are feeling, I hope it brings you comfort to know we all thought highly of him and his missed. God Bless.
Pauline Mello from East Taunton wrote on May 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm:
I was shocked to read of Jim's passing at such a young age. I worked with Jim at Raytheon; he was always pleasant and professional. My sincere condolences to Kelly, Ben and Jim's family. May your memories of Jim bring you comfort.
Rebekka Reed from Tiverton wrote on May 12, 2020 at 1:37 pm:
I was shocked at this sad news. I was so blessed to work with Jim on programs and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to Kelly and Ben.
Yvonne Lamb from Newport wrote on May 12, 2020 at 9:48 am:
I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Raytheon. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to Kelly and Ben. The good ones always seem to go too soon. May Jim Rest in Peace.
Monica Burnley from Portsmouth wrote on May 12, 2020 at 9:36 am:
I was so saddened to here of Jim’s passing. He always brightened my days with a hello and cheery smile. I worked with Jim in operations when I first started at Raytheon. Even after I moved to Supply Chain he still took the time to say hello and see how things were going. Very big loss for all who knew him.
Sandy Serpa from Middletown wrote on May 12, 2020 at 8:19 am:
Worked with Jim for all of his years at Raytheon. Jim I will miss your smile and thank you for all your help over the years. Devastated news for all as you will be sorely missed. My sincere condolence to your wife, Ben and all family members. May you R.I.P. and fly high with the Angels. Sandy
Jason Teixeira from Warren wrote on May 11, 2020 at 8:27 pm:
It is with great regret to know we have lost an invaluable team member that we all were so fortunate to have he pleasure in working with. He will be truly missed by all ! Rest in peace and may god bless you and your entire family .
Deborah Fowler from Bristol wrote on May 11, 2020 at 8:15 pm:
Jim, we will miss your friendly and positive presence. Somehow you managed to sample every candy bowl in the building, chatting all the way. It was a pleasure knowing you. My thoughts and prayers to your young family, who will miss you.
Morgan Johnson from Bristol wrote on May 11, 2020 at 3:01 pm:
To Kelly, Ben, and other family and friends... I'm so sorry to hear about Professor Danielson's passing. I had him as a professor at RWU for Operations Management. I always dreaded a night class but with him as a professor, I loved going to class just to feel his positive attitude and beaming smile fill the room. I'm so sorry for your loss. Much love being sent your way.
John Tavares from North Scituate wrote on May 11, 2020 at 2:36 pm:
Sorry to hear we've lost my highschool friend, Jim. He was one of the happiest people I ever met. I will miss his wit.
Lionel Boisvert from Portsmouth wrote on May 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm:
Everyone here in Advanced Technology will miss Jim. Smart and witty, he kept the work real, and personal and enjoyable, for all of us
Gary Cook from MASHPEE wrote on May 11, 2020 at 11:18 am:
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim at Woods Hole Oceanographic and was energetic, insightful, funny, and an all around pleasure to work with...and he LOVED his wife and son. Hold on to those warm memories.
Deanna Fitzpatrick from dartmouth wrote on May 11, 2020 at 10:35 am:
So sorry to hear of your loss. Jim helped mentor each week in the RI Mentor program with the kids from Bristol High School. His mentee, Henry will miss him.
Paul Sefcsik from Narragansett RI wrote on May 11, 2020 at 10:29 am:
May you rest in peace Jim. What I'll remember most about our 15 years of working closely together is your optimism and courage in the face of adversity.
Laurie Sousa from Bristol wrote on May 11, 2020 at 8:52 am:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Jim and shocked of his passing. My heart goes out to the family.