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James F. Tivnan



James F. Tivnan, 73, husband of Karen J. (Cole) Tivnan of Manning Street, Ipswich, died suddenly in his home on Thursday, December 29, 2022 (unfortunately before he could enjoy his birthday cake). 

Jim was born in Salem on December 29, 1949, son of the late John F. and Ruth E. (Talbot) Tivnan.

He was raised on Manning Street in Salem and attended Salem High School. He went on to attend and  receive a Bachelors degree from Northeastern University, where he played on their hockey team,  and a  Masters degree from Bentley College. 

After serving five years in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era, he was honorably discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was married on March 10, 1973 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peabody.  He spent the bulk of his adult life in Ipswich where he and Karen raised three children.

He was active in the Ipswich Youth Soccer program as well as the Kiwanis Club. 

Jim made his living as a numbers guy, working as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and doing taxes (at greatly reduced fees) for family, friends and clients - who often became friends. He also worked for a number of other companies as their numbers guy doing everything from proofreading to auditing but by far his favorite job title was Grandpa.

Family was everything to him and he would traverse many miles to spend time with them during summers, holidays and celebrations. He adored spending time with all his grandchildren - whether they were at playgrounds, swimming, performing at the theater or concerts; playing baseball, soccer or gliding across the ice.

He spoke the language of “Seinfeld,” was fluent in movie quotes and he loved to watch westerns. His cross-country driving was legendary as he was willing to drive his wife to Wisconsin or his daughter to Virginia or New Mexico at a moment’s notice. He also loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. His favorite place to be was heading out on a journey and he delighted in traveling throughout most of the United States with his wife and any children or grandchildren that he could fit in his car. In these later years his favorite destination has been camping in his RV at the KOA in Tamworth, N.H. with his grandchildren. 

He will be remembered for his generosity and his humor. He could write letters that made the reader laugh out loud and he was quick to entertain his nieces, nephews, coworkers, relatives and friends with his famous humor. 

In addition to his wife Karen of 49 years, he is survived by a son, Daniel J. Tivnan of Somersworth, N.H.; two daughters, Kelly J. Tivnan and her husband John Quinn of Middleton, N.H, Susan S. Spry and her husband Jeff of Wilmington and five grandchildren, Keegan, Dillon, Hazel and Ruth Quinn and Eleonore Spry. He is also survived by two brothers, Paul Tivnan of Missouri, Terrence Tivnan of Weston; three sisters, Mary Ellen Cullen of Danvers, Kathy Hayes of Peabody, Judith Tivnan Hall of Florida and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John M. Tivnan formerly of Woodbridge, VA. and Janice Higgins formerly of Peabody. 

Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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