James Thomas Cuddy (13 June 1862 – 20 May 1933) was the son of John Patrick cuddy and his wife Jane O’Sullivan.  He was the 5th of 8 children.  John Patrick Cuddy was a merchant and landlord in Montreal.

While it is clear that James received some sort of education, specifics are not known.  All of his sisters attended a private catholic school – Villa Maria, it can be assumed that the four boys received a like foundation.

By 1892 James had moved to St Paul, Minnesota, where he worked as a book keeper.  He returned to Montreal that year to marry Mary Jane Donavon, daughter of Michael Donavon and Mary Gould.  They settled in St Paul, and had two children: John Michael (1 May 1893 – 13 February 1927) and Gerald Paul (29 January 1893 – 2 September 1955).

The family moved at some time to Montreal in 1918, son Gerald married at St Patrick’s Church.  In 1919, James appears in a city directory as an accountant.  The family did not remain in Montreal, however.  In 1927, when their son John Michael, a medical student in Toronto died, the obituary stated that his parents lived in Los Angeles.  They were there in 1930 when the census was taken, and at that time James had no occupation.

James died in Montreal in 1933 and was interred in the family plot at Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery.


US Census, 1900, 1930

Notre Dame Parish registers

Montreal Daily Star

Ontario death index

California death index

Burial records of Notre Dame des Neiges, Montreal

Cuddy monument at Notre Dame des Neiges, Montreal

Montreal city directories