Remembering Father James J. Hosie, SJ

Fr. James Hosie

Fr. James Hosie, past headmaster of St. George’s College died peacefully in his sleep on the 31 May 2015. He gave 25 years to the Jesuit Jamaican school where he taught Latin, religion, maths and tennis .

A man of supreme composure, he was known for his clarity of thought, sophisticated humor and delightful teaching style. He taught us geometry in Form 3 and his diagrams were impeccable, more looking like works of a master draftsman. His teaching style was calculating, speckled with inserts of interesting anecdotes and jokes. I actually looked forward to his classes.

He taught himself tennis in the late 1950’s when he first came to St. George’s College. He would go on to coach the STGC tennis team which was tops in the 1960’s and for most of the 70’s and 80’s. He himself was an All Jamaica Veterans Champion for many years.

He was Headmaster from 1982-87 and is credited with the renewal that took place then. Andrew Price, Boys Town Head Coach and a member of the 1983/84 All Conquering STGC Manning teams sums it up well.

‘Former Principal and Tennis Coach of St. George’s College was a man ahead of his time. I call him the “Renaissance Man”. Why you may ask?  While I attended school, this Giant of a Man revived school spirit and sports at St. George’s during the 80’s. He supported our sports programs immensely, but not at the detriment of education. He believed in having a balance. He lifted us up during that Renaissance Period when we were unbeatable in football. We won several Pepsi trophies, several Colts trophies, two time Triple Champions at Manning Cup level. The first time we won the Manning Cup in 25 Years was in 1983. This single event lifted school spirit immensely at St. Georges College in 80’s. He made us walk proudly to be a Blue and White student. He supported us 100% in the rehabilitation of Winchester Park into ‘Kingston’s Fairest Meadow’, turning it from a dust bowl to a green oasis at the entrance of school. It was during his tenure that the school won School Challenge Quiz and the only time we have done this as I recall. It would be remised of me Father James Hosie if I did not pay tribute to you. Walk good “O good and faithful servant”. You have left an indelible effect on many including myself.  AMDG ‘

The latter part of the 1980 was a turbulent time for the Jesuits and Fr. Hosie returned to Boston in 1987. He felt disheartened as a victim of these changes. But as a man of faith, he took a one year sabbatical, re-invented himself and began teaching advance religious studies at Boston College High School. He would teach at BC High for another 26 years. In his own words, “ The key is the personal love and relationship to Christ, which makes the ‘ folly of the Cross’ more than worthwhile.”

In 2013, Fr. Hosie was honored by the Classes of 1973, ‘78 and ’83 at the Grand Reunion in Kingston, Jamaica. One of the highlights was his presentation to Cecil ‘Jucie’ Mason on behalf of the Classes for the former’s 40 years’ service of serving the STGC student body. Juice in turn presented Fr. Hosie with two Jamaican pieces of artwork in appreciation of Fr. Hosie’s friendship. Fr. Hosie in the early 1980’s had allowed Jucie to come onto the campus to sell his juices, oranges and snacks.

In 2015, Fr. Hosie was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Early in the morning of May 31, the nursing staff of Campion Centre Home, Boston discovered that he had died peacefully in his sleep.

Funeral arrangements for the late Fr. James Hosie is as follows:

Sunday, June 5, 2016  3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Boston College High School – Loyola Chapel
150 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125

Monday, June 6, 2016
10:00 a.m.
McNiece Pavilion
Boston College High School

Monday, June 6, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Campion Center
319 Concord Road
Weston, MA 02493
followed by burial in the Campion Center Cemetery.

Father Hosie is survived by his brother and three sisters. Expressions of condolence may be sent to his sister, Katherine:
Mrs. Gerard Sullivan
233 Warren Street
Needham, MA 02492

May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest–in-peace. AMEN.

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