1931 – 2013
N. Grosvenordale – James Naum, 82, of Red Bridge Rd., died Monday, November 11, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Anna (Noiseux) Naum. Born in Jankovec, Yugoslavia, on September 6, 1931, he was the son of the late Anastasios and Blaga (Kuzmanovic) Naum. He arrived in the United States through Ellis Island on Thanksgiving Day 1931.
Educated in Thompson Public Schools and graduating in 1950, he went on to earn a degree in business from NicholsCollege in 1952, a bachelor’s degree In Science from WillimanticStateTeachers College and a Master Degree from the University of Connecticut in reading.
Jim served two years In the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
Jim was a member of the following organizations for over 50 years: American Legion Post 67, Republican Town Committee, Quinebaug Cornerstone Lodge 122 where he served as Grand Master in 1960 and his beloved Thompson Lions Club where he awarded the Melvin Jones award in 2009. Jim has also been in charge of the Lions Golf League for many years.
Jim served several terms on the Thompson Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, Justice of the Peace and he has served on the school building committee for the new elementary school. Jim was also on the Board of Directors for TEEG for many years.
He was a Real Estate Broker in both Connecticut and Massachusetts starting his career some 40 years ago with Negip-Naum insurance Agency ending his career as a member of the staff of Johnston and Associates.
Jim taught in Thompson Public Schools for 33 years. During this time he wore many hats; Athletic Director, Administrative Assistant in the Middle School, golf coach, Middle School Cross Country Coach and was one of the founders of the QVCJC which was an athletic conference for middle school students.
He was a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He was a past member of the Church Council, served as an usher, and chaired church picnics.
But he will be best remembered as a basketball player and coach at TMHS. He coached the Tigers from 1977 to 1989. In 1987, his team won the State Championship. A feat that had not been repeated since he, himself, was part of the team in 1949 and 1950 under the legendary Jim Canty. In 1987, he was picked as Coach of the Year for small schools in Connecticut.
In later years Jim’s greatest joy were his grandchildren. Being, “Papou” was the most important position he ever held. He always had a story to share about his grandkids.
Jim’s entire professional life was spent helping scholars and athletes of all ages; therefore, in lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the James Naum Scholar Athlete Scholarship Fund c/o Citizens National Bank, PO Box 6002, Putnam, Ct 06260.
He is survived by his wife, Anna, of 47 years, his son Thomas and his wife, his daughter-in-law Genevive, a special niece Kelly, and a brother Victor. He leaves his four grandchildren, Heather, Alexander, Loukas, Emily and two great nephews Brad and Christopher. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Michael and a brother, John.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jim’s family from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT. A Funeral Service will begin at 10:00 am, on Friday, November 15, 2013 in St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 37 Lake Parkway, Webster, MA. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, N. Grosvenordale. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com