James S. Bagnell

  • Born: December 26, 1928
  • Died: October 1, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375

Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

EASTON- Attorney James S. Bagnell, 91, a resident of Easton since 1969, died peacefully on October 1, 2020. He was the husband of the late Dorothy J. (Dowd) Bagnell, the love of his life. He was the youngest child of the late John Bagnell and Johanna (Kiely) Bagnell, and brother to the late John Bagnell, Phillip Bagnell and Eileen (Bagnell) Donnelly. Attorney Bagnell is survived by his daughter, Attorney Brenda M. Bagnell and her husband, Dr. Gerald L. Goveia of Sagamore Beach; his son, Christopher D. Bagnell and his wife Marilyn of Taunton; his daughter, Lauren M. Murphy and her husband John of Tampa, Florida; his daughter, Mary J. Bagnell McCarthy and her fiance, William Baker of Taunton; his daughter Tara M. Walsh and her husband Edward Walsh Jr. of Easton; his daughter, Shauna M. Bagnell and her fiance James Pires of Raynham and his sister-in-law, Deborah M. Baker of Natick. He also leaves behind sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Attorney Bagnell was born in Ireland on December 26,1928. At the age of six months, he crossed the Atlantic with his mother and siblings to join their father in New York who had left early to establish their new home in America. Attorney Bagnell graduated from Mt. St. Michael's Academy and a month later joined the Navy. After serving in the Navy, he graduated from Iona College in New York While married with several children, he attended law school at night while working to support his family during the day. In 1962, he graduated from Portia Law School, which is now known as New England Law. He practiced law in Brockton and Easton for many years. He taught at Stonehill College in its Continuing Education program and served as President of Catholic Charities in Brockton. During his retirement, he enjoyed expressing his creative side through writing and painting.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral requiring mask and social distancing from Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte. 138) Easton, on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in the Holy Cross Church, 225 Purchase Street, Easton, at 10:30 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45 p.m. Visiting hours requiring mask & social distancing on Monday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations In James' memory may be made to Catholic Charities, 169 Court Street, Brockton, MA 02302. For directions or condolences visit www.kanefuneralhome.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

To All The Bagnells,

My heartfelt condolences for the recent death of your father. Growing up, I always had fond memories of Jim and of course, your mother.

While he lived a full life, death always comes as an unpleasant surprise.

Sorry for your loss,


Posted by Rick Maguire - Worcester, MA - Family   October 08, 2020

Our condolences to Jim's family. He was a true gentleman.

Louise and Bill Morse

Posted by William Morse - Mattappoisett, MA - Friend   October 05, 2020

To the Family of Leprechaun Bagnell: I was blessed to have known Leprechaun Bagnell over the last few years. He and I shared the same sense of humor - Jim Irish - Me - Italian. We spent many days at work trading Irish Italian jokes back and fourth. Leprechaun Bagnell was so pleased when he found a good Italian joke to throw at me...walking away with a big smile on his face. But, I would eventually get him back by mailing him a box of spaghetti or an Italian flag for his birthday. Leprechaun Bagnell's wit, wisdom and humor will truly be missed.

In closing, I share this Irish Toast to Jim - There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are the Friendships and may they always be.....Thanks for the Friendship and Laughter Leprechaun Jim.
Cindy Pollard

Posted by Cindy Pollard - BRIDGEWATER, MA - Friend   October 04, 2020

So sorry for your loss, our condolences to the entire Bagnell family.
Chris, Karen and Brooke Goveia

Posted by Chris Goveia - Easton   October 03, 2020