1930 – 2019
Woodstock – James B. Harmon, 88, of Prospect St., died unexpectedly on Wednesday January 16, 2019 at UMASS University Hospital. He was the loving husband of Grace Ann (Kelsey) Harmon for 61 years. Born in Torrington, he was the son of the late Charles and Antoinette (Coache) Harmon.
Jim was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and proudly served in the Air Force Reserve and the Air Force National Guard of Connecticut, enlisting in 1951, and received his honorable discharge in 1954. Jim was a member of the Third Congregational Church of Middletown, honorary member of the Mattabassett Chapter of the Future Farmers of America, and Westfield Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a past member of the Connecticut Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association.
James lived in Middletown most of his life, purchasing the family Spring Water Company in 1966 that he ran until 1977, and bought a farm in Woodstock, which is still owned and managed by his family.
Besides his wife, Jim leaves his son, Joel and his wife Sharon; two daughters, Judith Perkins and her husband Michael and Alyson Hebert and her husband Joe; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Patricia, Jason, Amelia, Rachel, Megan, and Stuart, four great-grandchildren, Landon, Hudson, Lincoln, and Linnea. One of eleven children, Jim is survived by his brothers, Paul and Sid; sisters, Joyce, Carolyn, and Denise, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles, Donald, and Doug, and sisters, Nancy and Muriel.
Jim will be remembered for his sharp wit, love of his family and farm, compassion for others and love of his dogs, Bobby and Roy, who miss him dearly. To honor his wishes, a private family memorial will be held later when his ashes will be broadcast under the beautiful lone pine tree overlooking his farm.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.