In Memory of




Obituary for James B. Tiffin

James Bruce Tiffin of Needham, MA passed away on March 28, 2023 at the age of 93. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 53 years Nancy (Bruce) Tiffin. Prior to living in Needham, Jim had been a resident of Hingham, MA since 1959.

Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Kenneth C. and Celia (Hopkins) Tiffin and younger brother of the late Jay H. Tiffin. Jim grew up in West Newton, MA attending the Newton Public Schools and spending many happy summers living and working with his mother’s family in Greenfield, NH. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 and then served as an officer in the U.S. Airforce. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1957 and then joined his father and brother practicing law at Tiffin & Tiffin in Boston for more than 60 years. He had a true passion for the law and helping his clients.

Jim was endlessly curious and a man of many interests with some of his happiest times spent in the cockpit of an airplane flying over Nantucket Sound or in the saddle of his horse riding the trails at Briggs Stables, Whitney Woods, or World’s End. He could frequently be spotted around Hingham and Boston wearing a cowboy hat and boots. He spent many happy hours in his wood shop creating heirloom furniture for his children and grandchildren. Jim’s love for travel took him and his family on many adventure-filled vacations.

Jim and Nancy raised their family in Hingham and loved to be active in the community. Jim enjoyed organizing neighborhood activities such as ice-skating in the woods by candlelight, bike parades, clambakes, and barbeques for the crews of the Tall Ships when in Boston. Many of which would go on to become traditions everyone looked forward to year after year.

He served as a Trustee of Derby Academy and served on the Boards of the Alden Kindred of America, Braintree Savings Bank and the Hingham Board of Appeals. From 1988 – 1995, he was the President of the Board of Directors for the Alden Kindred of America and was a driving force for improvements to the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury, MA.

Jim is survived by his daughters Tracey Hogan and her husband Paul of Medfield, MA, Sarah Gioffre and her husband Scott of Wilton, CT, Anne Tiffin and her husband Jonathan MacPhee of Acton, MA, and grandchildren Ben, Nelia, and Chris Hogan and Jack, Will, and Sam Gioffre.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the Hingham Congregational Church, 366 Main Street, Hingham, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stankovic Research Lab to support the research and treatment of DFNA9 hearing loss or to Alden Kindred of America.