James Leo Trayers, Jr. February 3, 2021

James Leo Trayers, Jr., 75, of Milton, formerly of Dorchester, South Boston and Hyde Park passed away peacefully on February 3, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jimmy was the former owner and director of Scally and Trayers Funeral Home in Dorchester for 40 years.  For 6 decades Jimmy devoted his life to the funeral business and took exceptional care to thousands of families in their time of need.  Jimmy often would say it wasn’t a job, but it was his life, his passion.

Jimmy was born in South Boston and spent his formative years in Hyde Park where the Trayers Family continued to grow.  After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School (‘63) Jimmy went onto the New England Institute for Mortuary Services where he graduated with distinction in 1967.

Alongside his uncle, John Connolly and his father, Leo Trayers, Jimmy directed funerals out of J. J. Connolly and Son Funeral Home on Washington Street in the city’s South End until 1978 when he purchased Scally Funeral Home on Pleasant Street in Dorchester.  Jimmy had more friends in the “business” than anyone and was loved by all the men and women that had the privilege of working with him and for him.  His guys were like family to him and he considered himself a very lucky man to work with some of the best around.

Jimmy was a past member of the Board of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association; member of The Neighborhood Club of Quincy; past member of the Milton-Hoosic Club, Puritan Canoe Club of South Boston, Falmouth Men’s Club and The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant.

Jimmy had a love of airplanes and could be spotted pretty much any day of the week on a bench at Castle Island watching “My Planes” come and go into Logan.

Jimmy was the adored son of the late Leo and Betty Trayers, most beloved brother of Mary Jane Campbell of Milton, Paul Trayers of Burke VA, Ellen T. Wendell of Brewster, Elizabeth T. Manning of Osterville and Edmund Trayers of Hyannis. Jimmy’s nieces and nephews were most important to him and he loved each so very much; Molly Campbell O’Neil, J. Colin Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Christopher Trayers, Emily Trayers Elmore, Patrick Wendell, Rory Manning Drury, C.J. Manning, Charlotte Manning Byrne and Emmett Manning.  Jimmy’s grandnieces and grandnephews brought him true joy; Conor and Charlotte O’Neil, Dylan, Luke and Kelly Drury, Naomi and Tyson Trayers, Bodhi and Dylan Elmore, the late Daniel Campbell, and Bridgette, Rory and James Byrne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James Leo Trayers, Jr. Memorial Fund at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online:

Visiting hours, Mass of Christian Burial and interment in Milton Cemetery are private.

The Mass will be live streamed Saturday, February 6 at 11:00am and can be viewed through this link:




Visiting hours, Mass of Christian Burial and interment in Milton Cemetery are private.

The Mass will be live streamed Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 AM:


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    Sissy Kelley says

    To the Trayers family
    I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear brother Jim. He will be missed……

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    Richard Sullivan says

    To the family of Jimmy Trayers please accept my condolences on his death. Jimmy and I used to work at Mann and Rodgers Funeral Home. We went out to lunch occasionally where it was my pleasure to hear him talk about his dad and his family. In my experiences with other funeral homes a particular service was always finished with the saying “may his memory be eternal”.
    Yes it will be.

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    Bob Donoghue says

    Very sad to hear of Jimmys passing, he was without doubt one of the nicest and pleasant people I ever met. He was a gentleman and a pleasure to work for when he needed help at his funeral home. God be good to him.

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    Barbara Connolly says

    To the entire Trayers family,
    I am thinking of you all and sending my heartfelt sympathies and condolences. We will be feeling his loss for a long time. Jim made everyone smile. He always kept me up to date with family news. He adored his nieces and nephews and was so proud of them! Jim was a good man.
    I miss him already.
    Much love,
    Barbara Connolly

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    Anonymous says

    To The Trayers Family,

    Jimmy, rest in peace. You will be missed by us all at 88 Wharf!! Love, Ellen Flavin

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    Lorraine Butler says

    He is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with him

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    Vincent "Vinnie" Cameron says

    To the family of Jim Trayers please accept my condolences on his passing away. We knew each other at the Mann and Rodgers Funeral Home. He was a thoughtful man who cared for people quietly. I always appreciated his kind gestures.
    Vincent “Vinnie” Cameron
    Mount Pleasant Home
    301 South Huntington Avenue
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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      Judy & Jimmy Considine says

      Jimmy was always pleasant, friendly and kind. He will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

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    Tim George says

    Jimmy was a high school classmate. We shared many humorous times. He had a great sense humor. Many years later I would see him at Castle Island. We would, again, enjoy talking and laughing like we did in high school. Jimmy was successful enjoying his passion, life and his friends. My heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives.

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    Jeff Fleming says

    To all Trayers, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I often think fondly of the days we had in Hyde Park. Needham Rd will always hold a very special place in my heart.
    May Jimmy Rest In Peace.
    Jeff Fleming
    Naples Fl.

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    Barbara Fitzgerald says

    Trayers Family There is a special gift in life that some of us receive; I’s not a fancy car or house or brilliant jewel to wear, No, that very special person, near and dear–Someone we call brother the greatest gift of all. So sorry for your loss. Bill and Barbara Fitzgerald

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    Joanne Adduci says

    My condolences to the Trayers Family. My father died suddenly of a heart attack at home at age 52 in 1975. My mother was 49 with 7 children, 5 of us still living at home at the time. My youngest brother was 11. It was a shock to our entire family. In the wee hours of the morning, Jimmy arrived at our door to remove my Dad’s body and then served as undertaker for the funeral. I have never forgotten the kindness and support he offered throughout that extremely difficult time. He made an indelible impression on me and my entire family that remains with me over 45 years later. Thank you Jimmy. Rest in peace.

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    Sheila Ahern says

    To the Trayers Family I extend by deepest condolences on Jim passing. Jim was a devoted son, loving brother and supportive uncle. When I think of Jim, it always brought a smile to my face with his great whit. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace Jim

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    Richard Connolly says

    To the Trayers Family,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Jimmy. He was a gentleman of the highest regard. We will always remember his great smile. He was always so dedicated and professional and made our times of trouble so easy to bear. He’s sharing his stories again with the “Golden Girls “, Betty, Floss, Marie and Ruth.
    Prayers to All
    Connolly Family

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    Anonymous says

    Trayers Family, Jimmy was a good friend and ”pal”.He was wonderful to my family for years.I always found him to respond quickly when needed and was one of the kindest most compassonate human beings I’ve known.He also was so much FUN to be with at any time. God rest your soule. Timothy F P_ Lyons Jr

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    Jo (Jack) and LaurenCarneyey says

    John [Jack] and Lauren Carney

    To the family of our long time friend, please accept our condolences on his passing away.. we have a lot of fond memories over 50 years of working and socializing together.. He will be missed.

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    Mike & Maureen Campbell says

    I first met Jimmy in 1978 when he purchased the funeral home. One of the highest compliments that I can pay him, other than to say that he was true Christian, is that he was truly a gentleman.

    Maureen and I will him miss him.

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    Bill Sullivan says

    To the Trayers family. Despite the passing of the years, Jimmy remains in the memories of the
    Sullivan family via the bed time stories that I have told to my kids and grandkids of our
    ‘adventures’ growing up in Hyde Park.

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    Marianne c Connolly says

    To the Trayers Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Jimmy. There was something special about Jimmy…the way he made people feel…in time of sorrow as well as in times of celebration. While the Connolly and Trayers families were not officially related, we have always felt a part of your family.
    Sending love,
    Marianne Connolly

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    Richard (Dick) Atwood says

    How do you express enough condolences to a family that has loss such important part of its family in a few short words. I had the privilege and the honor of calling Jimmy Trayers my friend. In 1971 I broke into the funeral service Jimmy and his father Leo Trayers were so gracious to me when no one would give me a chance from the days at the Connolly FH in the South End to the days at the Scally & Trayers FH in Dorchester a chance encounter turned into a life long friendship for which I will forever be grateful!!

    To the entire Trayers family my deepest and heartfelt condolences. Jimmy was one in a million. Rest in Peace my friend we will meet again. God speed!!!

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    James G Mullen Jr says

    Dear Trayers Family,
    My sympathy to the members of your family on the death of Jimmy. I last saw him at precinct six where I was helping out last spring. He look older but as good as ever. And, yes I met him one day at castle island when I was a tour guide for an out of town friend. What a gentleman he was.

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    Eileen McDonnell says

    Dear Trayers Family and Friends,
    Very sad to hear of Jimmys passing from Fr Jack, he was without a doubt one of the nicest and always so pleasant to All, with a big smile. A pure gentleman to all of us; Staff and Customers …who many recognized him, or by end of his breakfast made all feel like his new friend. He would come over To breakfast at Our Sweetlife Cafe and Bakery Nextstore to St Gregory’s every Sunday after Mass quietly wait for a seat with a Big Smile and his paper. We/I will miss Jimmy, and his memory will live on in our hearts ! My Sympathy to all of you !

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    Elaine M Sudanowicz says

    You’re in the arms of the angel
    May you find some comfort here
    You’re in the arms of the angel
    May you find some comfort here

    Jimmy Trayers was truly an angel on earth to all of us!

    We have lost such a dear friend and true gentle man who was always there for us during our darkness hours as we mourned our dearly departed loved ones. Jimmy exemplified the very best of the best humane beings on earth. He was a genuine caring soul who always was there for his family and friends by sustaining life long friendships. When each of my parents passed away I would not have been able get through their departure without Jimmy’s support and compassion. May all of the wonderful memories shared with Jimmy live on bringing us comfort at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

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    Terri Mullaney says

    To the Trayers family with heartfelt condolences. Jimmy was a true gentle man. His kindness will always be remembered and meant so much to my family. Rest In Peace, Jimmy. Terri (Fleming) MULLANEY

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
James Leo Trayers, Jr. Memorial Fund
501 St Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105