James N. Esdaile, Jr., 66, husband of Mary Ann (LaBella) Esdaile,
died peacefully on November 29, 2011 following a courageous two year
battle against brain cancer. He spent his last day surrounded by
family and friends who shared stories with him of how he had
enriched their lives.
Born on November 8, 1945, Jim began his life in Melrose with his
parents, the late Dorothy (Merrill) and J. Newton Esdaile.
He graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1967 with a degree in
American history. Following his graduation, he enrolled in Boston
University Law School where he served as managing editor of the
schoolís Law Review before graduating cum laude in 1970. He later
would go on to serve as a Trustee of Boston University, President of
the Boston University Law School Alumni Association and as a
distinguished lecturer on legal methods to law school students.
In 1970, Jim married his beloved wife Mary Ann. Together, they moved
to Newport, Rhode Island where Jim attended the Naval War College
prior to his posting as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate
General Corps. in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jim and Mary Ann moved back to the Boston area in 1974 and he joined
his father at the law firm of Esdaile, Barrett and Esdaile as a
partner. He very quickly achieved a national reputation as a
litigator and earned the highest level of respect from his peers.
Throughout his career, Jim advocated on behalf of those who had been
wronged. He was regularly honored as one of the best lawyers in
America and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He
set numerous records for jury awards and served his profession as a
member of a variety of court and government organized task forces,
including a term as the Commissioner of the Governorís Special
Commission on Medical Malpractice.
A long time resident of Hamilton, Jim loved the countryside and was
a dedicated conservationist. He served on the Board of Trustees for
Castle Hill in Ipswich and The Trustees of Reservations. He also was
a long time trustee of the Myopia Schooling Field in Hamilton.
Jim was an avid equestrian who enjoyed nothing more than riding with
Mary Ann. Together, they were active members of the Myopia Hunt
where he served as field master. He also served on the executive
committee of the Myopia Hunt Club for over ten years.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, James N. Esdaile, III of
Wenham and Charles D. Esdaile of Gloucester, their wives Hilary and
Caroline and three grandchildren, Evelyn, Beatrice and Charlie.
A memorial service will be held in his honor on Thursday December 15
at Christ the Redeemer Church, 188 Elliot Street, Danvers, MA. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of James N. Esdaile,
Jr. to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neuro
Oncology, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.