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MERRIMAC, MA: James Christofferson Jr., 70, of Merrimac, former longtime West Newbury resident, passed away at his home early Sunday morning, April 19, 2015, after a courageous battle with mesothelioma. He was the former husband of Mary E. “Toots” Christofferson of Lawrence.

Born in West Newbury, October 21, 1944, he was one of seven children of the late James and Ruth (Girroir) Christofferson.

He was a graduate of Pentucket Regional High School, Class of 1962. For many years, Jimmy worked as First-Class Loftman in local shipyards and had also served as fireman.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, and enjoyed hunting and target shooting.

Jimmy was a lifelong musician. He loved all music, but was especially fond of country music and the stars of the Grand Ole Opry. He had been a member of several local music bands, playing both electric and acoustic guitar. Even throughout his illness, and as recently as a few weeks before his passing, Jimmy mustered up the strength to play with musician friends and lay down some tracks for the “good old times.”

He leaves behind his son, James R. Christofferson of Haverhill; a daughter, Dawn Marie Christofferson of Arlington; two grandchildren, Chloe and Jessie; two brothers, Paul Christofferson and wife, Patricia, of West Newbury, and Karl Christofferson of Hampton, N.H.; three sisters, Faye Frigault and husband, Richard, Karen Allwood and husband, David, of Delaware, and Claire Franklin of Haverhill; his sister-in-law, Anne Christofferson of Livermore, Calif.; along with several generations of niece, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Eric Christofferson of Livermore, Calif.

By request of his family, services and burial in Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury, will be private. Arrangements by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury.
Published on  April 24, 2015
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