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COL John "Jack" H. Adams, USA (RET.)
Pauline P. Ambrogio
John T. Bacon
Cameron M. Baird
William J. Broomfield
(Vermont College), 1/1/1992
Anita O. Crowley
(Vermont College), 2/21/1990
Richard A. Davis
Nancy B. DePorter
(Vermont College), 1/5/2011
Lloyd Durfee, Jr.
Jerome J. Fishbein
Oreste V. Gigliotti
Robert K. Greenawalt Jr.
(Vermont College), 7/24/1999
(Vermont College), 1/1/1992
Barbara C. King
Helen P. Lang
Joan M. LaPorte
(Vermont College), 10/16/1987
Francis J. LeBaron
Harry E. Lupia
Paul A. Lyon
Hugh L. Martin
Barbara S. Moore
(Vermont College), 1/10/2011
Carolyn K. Murphy
(Vermont College), 1/1/1989
(Vermont College), 11/3/1995
(Vermont College), 8/9/2004
(Vermont College), 1/31/1986
Robert F. Pratt
Robert T. Reagan
Virginia S. Rhode
(Vermont College), 12/20/2003
Grace M. Roose
(Vermont College), 6/1/1989
Alphonse F. Saulino
Robert C. Schwartz
Benjamin F. Schweyer
Cyril H. Sykes
David A. Tucker
James E. Witkins
Seymour C. Ziswasser
COL John "Jack" Adams, USA (RET.)
Colonel (USAR, Retired) John H. "Jack" Adams, 88, Bristol, husband of Anne (McCarroll) Adams, died at his home on Wednesday (April 1, 2015).
Jack was born in New Milford on August 15, 1926 to the late Mabel and John H. Adams Sr. Jack grew up in New Milford, attending New Milford Schools. He then went to Norwich University in Northfield, VT, before enlisting in the US Army Air Force from 1944-1945.
After his honorable discharge, he returned to Norwich where he earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (Cavalry-Reserve). Jack joined the Connecticut Light and Power Company in 1949. Following the outbreak of the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty as First Lieutenant, Armor and was assigned to the 322nd Tank Battalion.
While on Active Duty, he held several different positions including Company Commander and Battalion Liaison Officer. In 1953 Jack returned to CL&P where he spent the remainder of his career. He was employed in various districts in Central and Western Connecticut, including Norwalk, New Milford, Winsted, Bristol, Meriden, Cheshire and Waterbury. In 1990 he retired as the Superintendent of Area Operations. Jack's served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in the United States Army Reserve. His assignments included: Commander, Battery C, 4-40th Artillery; Director of Command & General Staff Courses and Commandant of the 1031st USAR School. He retired from the military as Colonel, Armor, Army of the United States (AUS) in 1977.
Jack was recognized many times for his military service by receiving many awards. These awards included: the Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, American Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the American Theater of Operations Ribbon.
He also completed a variety of military training to include: the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Field Grade Officers' Refresher Courses (Field Artillery and Armor), US Army Command & General Staff College and The Industrial College of The Armed Forces. Jack was a member of several service organizations to include: American Legion Post 2 (Bristol), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9929 (West Hartford), Officers' Club of Connecticut, and was a life member of the following: Reserve Officers Association, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Military Officers Association of America.
In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his children: Alison Sue Adams, Hobe Sound, FL, Julie L. Adams, New Preston, William H. Adams, Broad Brook, Katherine A. Adams, Laytonsville, MD, Mary E. Anthony, Newport, RI, Jacqueline A. Cheney, Mansfield Ctr and Christine Beckett, Montclair, NJ. Jack is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jack Anthony, Sam, Liz and Hannah Beckett and Rachel, Jason, Billy and Brayden Adams.
Funeral services for Jack will be celebrated at St. John's Episcopal Church at 851 Stafford Ave., Bristol, CT 06010 at 10AM on Saturday (April 4, 2015) with a procession to New Milford Center Cemetery, Poplar St., New Milford, CT 06776. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, CT 06010 between 5 and 8PM on Friday (April 3, 2015).
John T. Bacon
John T. Bacon, 80, of Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H., died April 12, 2006. John was born October 26, 1925 in Providence, RI the son of Howard and Angelica (Lamoreaux) Bacon. He was a graduate of Moses Brown School in Providence, RI and attended Nichols Jr. College, Dudley, MA, Brown University, Providence, RI and Norwich University, Northfield, VT.
He served in the U.S. Army, 95th Division, under General Patten, during WWII. He was employed as a foreign loan officer at the First National Bank of Boston in Brazil and in England for several years, retiring in 1986. Following his retirement, he moved back to Crystal Lake, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH where his family had summered for many years.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Howard & Shirley Bacon, of Laconia; two nephews, H. Newell Bacon and David W. Bacon; a niece, Janet Garrison and several grandnephews and grandnieces.
Cameron M. Baird
Cameron M. Baird, age 87, of Cohasset, formerly of Scituate passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2013. He was the son of the late Charles Campbell Baird and Marion Gordon (MacChlerie) Baird. Cam is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann (Graham) Baird, daughters, Heather Lashier of Johnson City NY, Laurie Ducey of Saunderstown RI, and Carolyn Chamberlain of Scituate. Adored grandfather of Garrett Bair, Colin Lashier, Eric Ducey, Gregg Ducey, Lindsay Simpson, and Cam Chamberlain and great-grandfather of Maguire Cameron Lashier and Graham Colin Lashier.
Born in Quincy, Cam was a graduate of Thayer Academy and received his Bachelors from Norwich University, Northfield, VT, and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. He served proudly in the US Navy during WWII and was stationed in the Pacific aboard the destroyer, USS Harwood. Mr. Baird was a chemist at Baird & McGuire, Inc. in Holbrook, where he was also President of the company for ten years, until his retirement in 1993. He was then employed by Drexel Chemical Co. in Memphis, TN until his retirement in 1999.
Cameron served for many years on the Board of Governors for Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Assoc. (CSMA) of New York, NY. In addition, he was a corporator for the Randolph Savings Bank in Randolph and was on the Board of the South Scituate Savings Bank in Norwell. For many years after his retirement, Cameron volunteered as a driver for handicapped people in Scituate, as well as being a driver for FISH. He was also a longtime Usher at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate. Cameron loved his family, sailing, and Scotland. He was very active in the Satuit Boat Club, where he served on the race committee and is past Commodore. He and Ann traveled many times to Scotland, where they would visit his family home in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire.
He also placed tremendous value on education, and it was his goal to see his children and grandchildren graduate from college. With his help and loving encouragement, Cameron’s dream in coming to fruition.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10 am in St. Anthony Church, 10 Summer St., Cohasset. Memorial Visiting hours Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 from 4-7pm in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Cameron may be made to the Beacon Hospice, Inc., Resnik Rd. Ste. 3, Plymouth, MA. 02360.
Jay Cohen passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 of Alexandria, VA. Beloved husband of Grace Charlop Cohen; loving father of Michael (Wanda) Cohen of Ashburn, VA, Richard Cohen of Oakton, VA and Deborah (John) Ball of Overland Park, KS; adored grandfather of Samantha; brother of Martin (Nancy) Cohen of Reno, NV; and Madge (the late Bruce) Solomon of Falls Church, VA. Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21 at Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria, VA 22302. Interment King David Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Agudas Achim Congregation/Henry Krevor Social Action. Arrangements by Jefferson Funeral Chapel.
Richard A. Davis
Richard A. Davis, 80, of Seattle, Wash., passed away on Decemer 25, 2006. He was born in Marlborough, Ma., on January 2, 1926. Richard graduated from Norwich with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was retired from Boeing after 35 years as an Electrical Engineer, had served in the Army Air Corps, and was a member of the First Baptist Church Kent.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Neideffer and Diana Barry; son, Kenneth Davis; sister, Marilyn Emberley; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife, Doris, of 33 years, and her children, Laurel Fannin, Laureen Glasscock and Alan Forman. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary L. Parker and granddaughter, Heather Barry.
Nancy B. DePorter
Nancy M. DePorter, 83, of New London, New Hampshire, died peacefully at home on January 5, 2011 from complications of leukemia. She had recently been under the care of the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice.
Nancy is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Robert J. DePorter. She is also survived by her daughter, Deborah D. Hoover (John) of Hudson, Ohio and son, Douglas M. DePorter (Nancy nee Hall) of Alton, N.H. along with five grandchildren, Sarah R. DePorter of Milton, N.H., Lindsey A. DePorter of Alton, N.H., Catherine R. Hoover of Worcester, MA, Nathaniel M. Hoover and Jack V. Hoover, both of Hudson, Ohio as well as her brother William H. Batchelor of Wentworth, N.H., wonderful longtime friends and grand-dogs Baxter, Bernie and LadyBug. She was predeceased by her parents, Irene M. and Clyde S. Batchelor, formerly of Nichols, Connecticut.
She was born February 25, 1927 in Bayonne, New Jersey and spent her childhood growing up in southern Connecticut. She graduated from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont in 1947 and worked in hospital administration at Albany Medical Center. Nancy and Robert made their home in Manchester for twenty three years before moving to New London. Nancy was active in her childrens' lives and served as a scout leader. In retirement, Nancy and Robert enjoyed many adventures and traveled the world including an around-the-world cruise in 2007. She will be deeply missed by her family and remembered for her loving smile and as a wonderful mother and friend, devoted grandmother, a beautiful writer and calligrapher, an avid reader, animal lover, and swimmer.
A service in celebration of her life will be held at the First Baptist Church in New London, NH on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.
Private burial will take place at a later date in the Old Main Street Cemetery, New London, NH.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Tracy Memorial Library, 304 Main Street, New London, New Hampshire 03257 or to the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, NH is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online guestbook please visit www.chadwickfuneralservice.com
Harry E. Lupia
Harry E. Lupia, 82, formerly of Westfield, NJ, passed away on January 5, 2008, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, NJ. Born in East Orange, NJ, Mr. Lupia lived in Westfield for 40 years before moving to Henderson, Nevada, seven years ago.
A graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, VT, he was a professional engineer with Engineers Incorporated in Newark for 25 years, retiring as vice president. Mr. Lupia was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in Tinian as a tail gunner. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club in Newark.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Dorothy (McKenna) Lupia; seven devoted children, Harry and wife, Lenni, Diane and husband, Gary Odachowski, Susan and husband, Michael McLaughlin, Chris and wife, Joyce, Lauren and husband, Rick Michael, Richard and Scott; a brother, Archie Lupia (Capt. USN ret.), and 13 beloved grandchildren.
Paul A. Lyon
Paul A. Lyon, of Burlington, Vt., passed away on June 14, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Born in Montpelier, Vt. on Sept. 4, 1923, he was the son of the late Hugh and Ruth (Prescott) Lyon.
He married the late Martha Perry, of St. Albans, Vt., on Sept. 20, 1945, after completing military service as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II.
Paul graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans in 1940, and continued his education in engineering at Norwich University, with the Class of 1945. He left Norwich in his sophomore year to fly B-17 bombers out of Sudbury Field in England in the 486th Bomb Group, 835th Bomb Squadron. He completed 30 combat missions over Germany, earning four Air Medals before returning to Norwich, where he graduated in 1947 as a mechanical engineer.
Paul worked for 36 years at General Electric as a project engineer on the Vulcan Gun. His many friendships over that time had been a comfort through the years. He was a gentleman of character with a strong sense of family and tradition.
He was a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge 4, the Waterbury American Legion Post 59, and the Burlington Elks Club.
He was gentle in nature and committed to fairness and integrity. He would often talk about playing his silver slide trombone in Sterling Weed's Imperial Orchestra, driving the Lyon family 1925 Model T Ford, and maintaining the family farm, Lyonhurst, which has been in the Lyon family for seven generations. He always took time for his family and enjoyed life through maintaining the family homestead, hunting, skiing, boating and vacations at camp on Hathaway Point.
Paul was predeceased by his wife, Martha, in 2004 and his daughter, Susan L. Dauphin, in 2006. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey P. Lyon (NU '72), and his wife, Paula, of Waterbury Center, Vt.; his grandchildren, Jeffrey P. Lyon, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of South Grafton, Mass., and Todd M. Lyon and his partner, Reid Kirchhoff, of New York City; his great-grandson, William "Liam" Lyon; and his sister, Prudence Kelley, of Bristol, Vt. He also leaves his brother-in-law Ballard Perry (Becky), of Derby, Vt., and sister-in-law Josephine Smith, of St. Albans, Vt.
Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Saturday, June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service following.
Interment will take place after the service at the Waterbury Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , Green Mountain Chapter, P.O. Box 1139, Montpelier, VT 05601 or Ethan Allen Residence Activities Fund, 1200 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
Condolences may be left online at http://www.perkinsparker.com.
Burton Samuels of Jupiter, FL, formerly of Newton, MA, on December 17, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Hilda J. (Cohen) Samuels. Devoted father of Bruce Samuels and his wife Adria, of Chestnut Hill and Susan J. Belisle of Sanford, Maine. Dear grandfather of Joshua, Stephany and her husband Timothy and Zachary.
Burton was a member of Noddles Island Lodge of the Masons and a veteran of the Navy during WW2.
Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:45 am. Following the interment memorial observance were held at the home of Bruce and Adria Samuels, Sunday until 8 pm and continued on Monday and Tuesday, 1-8 pm.
Remembrances may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
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Alphonse F. Saulino, Jr.
Alphonse F. Saulino, Jr., 88 years old, of Fall River died on St. Patrick's Day with great dignity in the presence of his family and under the compassionate care of the staff of the Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Center in Somerset. He was the husband of Helen D. (Stewart) Saulino, who preceded him in death on January 30, 2004.
Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late Alfonso F. Saulino, Sr., and Carmela A. (Sisca) Saulino, and a lifelong resident of the Columbus Park neighborhood. He was a proud and lifelong communicant of the former Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, now the parish of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, and had served as chairman of various committees and campaigns of the parish as well as an usher and collector and was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
He graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1940 and received an associate's degree from Vermont Junior College, now Norwich University, in 1947. In 1953 he was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in education from Bridgewater State Teachers College, now Bridgewater State University, and received a master's degree in education from Bridgewater in 1955. He also had attended Springfield College and the University of New Hampshire.
After completing his first year of college, he enlisted in the United States Army on November 23, 1942, and was a proud veteran of World War II, having served with the 82nd Airborne Division in the German Theatre of War. Together with several others members of his company, he was captured by German soldiers on September 18, 1944, and was held captive at Stalag 2A Neubrandenburg Mecklenberg until his liberation by the "Russian White Army" on May 1, 1945. Among other commendations, he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
After the war, he pursued his college education. Following the sudden death of his father, he returned to Fall River to assist his family and operate the family business, Alfonse Saulino Mill Supply Company. Upon his graduation from college, he was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Welfare office in Fall River. Subsequent to his graduation from Bridgewater he began a career in education that spanned nearly forty years. He was first assigned to the former James M. Aldrich Elementary School and then taught sixth grade at the former Davis Grammar School, both in Fall River. In 1959 he was appointed the assistant director of curriculum for the Fall River Public School System, and in 1972 he was appointed the director of learning resources for the system, a position he held until his retirement in 1991. In this capacity he oversaw the creation and expansion of libraries and media centers at all levels in the Fall River School system.
Throughout his career in education, he belonged to, and served on, various committees, associations, and professional organizations, having served as chairman or president of many of these, including: the Fall River Grade Teachers Association, the Fall River Administrators, and the Massachusetts and National Educational Media Associations; and he supervised the National Teacher's exam in this area for many years, and also taught for many years at Calvin Coolidge College of Education at its former location in Fall River.
He was well known as a civic leader and organizer of various causes and worked diligently for many throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Italian American War Veterans Post # 10 in Fall River and had served as commander of the Post. He also served as junior vice-commander of the ITAM Vets of Massachusetts and as the national education officer of the organization. Locally, he was a member of the Loggia Vittorio Veneto Order, Sons of Italy in America, # 1035, and served as Venerable of the Lodge and in other offices and capacities for over 60 years. He also served the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, OSOIA, as a member of its Scholarship and Charity Commissions for several years. For the past 15 years he served as the chairman of the local scholarship committee. For many years he was a member of the Columbus Day Celebration Committee and had served as its chairman and in other capacities as well. He also assisted many Italian-American families in pursuit of their immigration to the United States by assisting them in translating various government documents from Italian to English and vice-versa.
He had also served as the education chairman of the United Way of Fall River, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Rheumatism, and Arthritis Foundation, and ward captain for the Heart and Cancer Funds. For over 25 years he was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and passionately supported its programs and assisted with fundraising in the schools and the community at large. Together with his late wife, he was instrumental in the organization of the Joseph C. Saulino Jingle Bell Walk, named in memory of his son. During the twelve years that the walk was held nearly $ 500,000.00 was raised for the American Cancer Society to assist local residents afflicted with the disease. The walk received a project award from the American Cancer Society in 1994 in recognition of the success of the annual event. He was also a member of the William S. Greene Post # 118, Disabled American Veterans and a member of several Ex-POW organizations, the Over the Hill Gang, the Fall River, Bristol County and Massachusetts Retired Teachers Associations, and the Norwich University and Bridgewater State College Alumni Associations. In 1998 he was recognized by the Fall River Chapter of the Providence College Alumni Association for his support of the college and his extraordinary volunteer service to the community. In 2004 he was a recipient of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from St. Anne's Hospital for his contributions and work on behalf of the hospital and its mission.
He was a lifelong sports enthusiast and played several sports in his youth and at the collegiate level. He was a die-hard New York Yankees fan and was well known for wearing his Yankees hat year round. He also was instrumental in the organization of the Columbus Park Little League and served as the coach of the Clippers for many years. He was a member and served as past president of the Holy Rosary Boys Club Alumni. He was a longtime member of the Swansea Country Club. For many years he also bowled with both the City Hall Bowling league and the ITAM Vets Bowling league. For many years he was associated with Boy Scout Troop 127 and had served as its chairman. He had also served as deputy director of civil defense for the City of Fall River for many years under several mayoral administrations in the 1970s and 1980s. In November, 1999, his longtime community service on all levels was recognized when he was named a recipient of the Hometown Hero Award by BankFive.
He is survived by his sons, Alphonse F. Saulino, III, and his wife, Leonora; Michael S. Saulino; and Attorney John E. Saulino. He was the father of the late Joseph C. Saulino. He was the proud grandfather of Attorney Peter A. Saulino and his wife, Julia S. Saulino, Justin A. Saulino, PharmD; and Amanda N. Saulino. He was the brother of Mrs. Ralph M. (Rose C.) Sasso; the late Mary Saulino Ponte; Ferdinand G. Saulino; and Florence P. Spear. He also is survived by a niece and a nephew.
His funeral took place on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute, Fall River, Mass., followed by his concelebrated funeral mass at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Fall River. Committal prayers and interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or donations in his memory may be made to the FLY FOUNDATION, Inc. c/o Saulino and Silvia, P.C., 550 Locust Street, Fall River, MA 02720. (Financial Lift for Young Adults) The FLY Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, providing support to young adults in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, aged 19-39, who have been diagnosed with cancer and was founded by his grandson, Peter, and his wife, Julia. Donations may also be made in his memory to the Sons of Italy Scholarship Fund, c/o Mario Lucciola, 54 Chavenson Street, Fall River, MA 02723.
Benjamin F. Schweyer
Benjamin F. Schweyer, 89, a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Born in Owego, N.Y., on Dec. 29, 1925, he was the son of Benjamin and Mildred Schweyer. The family moved to Burlington in the late 1930s where Ben attended local schools, graduating from Burlington High School in the Class of 1943. With the war in full swing, Ben attended Norwich University in an Army reserve program and joined the Army while there. Following basic training, he was assigned to the Engineer Battalion of the 78th Infantry Division and was sent to England and on to Europe. He arrived in time to participate in the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland and the Central European Campaigns, earning three Battles Stars for his participation.
He returned home to enter the University of Vermont, graduating in 1949 and directly headed to the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1952, he continued in his law practice in Burlington for 40 years. He was a partner in the law firm of Latham, Eastman, Schweyer and Tetzlaff. Skiing at Stowe, sailing on Lake Champlain and golfing with friends at the Burlington Country Club brought him great pleasure. In 1969, Margo McKenzie became his wife and lifetime companion until her death in April 2009. Although they enjoyed Burlington in the warmer weather, Green Valley, Ariz., became their winter home, offering a friendlier climate for Margo, the proximity of Margo's family and the availability of year round golf for Ben.
Ben is survived by his sister, Mary (Patsy) Schweyer Nostrand of Middlebury, and her three children, Susan Boston of Woodstock, Peter Nostrand of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ben Nostrand of Charlotte.
A Circle of Remembrance service will be held at Wake Robin in Shelburne on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 4 p.m.
James Floyd Strine
James Floyd Strine, 81, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away while in the company of family members November 9, 2007, at Western Maryland Hospital Center.
Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of the late Floyd and Ruth Irene (Hull) Strine. He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School class of 1943; Norwich University where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, Concert Band and the Grenadiers Band; University of Maryland Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1950 and passing the bar exam with the third-highest score in the State of Maryland. He was awarded a one-year scholarship to the Baltimore City Legal Aid Bureau.
He served in the U.S. Navy Air Force during WWII on a mariner patrol bomber. Judge Strine returned to Hagerstown in 1951 and joined the law firm of Lane, Bushong & Byron. He opened his own law practice in 1958 and was elected State's Attorney for Washington County in 1959. Afterward, he was appointed by Governor Tawes as a trial magistrate for two terms. Judge Strine served as county attorney for seven years and attorney for the town of Funkstown for 12 years. During this tenure, he drafted the first zoning laws for Washington County. Judge Strine retired as Associate Judge for the District Court of Maryland in 1995 after serving as a member of the District Court for more than 13 years.
He was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown; past president of the Hagerstown Jaycees; a founding member of the Young Democrats of Washington County; past president of the American Federation of Musicians; past presiding Justice of Hagerstown BPO Elks 378; past Judge Advocate of American Legion Post 42; member of the American, State and County Bar Associations, and the Hagerstown Civic Band and Sons of the Legion Drum Corps. During his lifetime, Judge Strine played with many bands and orchestras, receiving recognition as an accomplished musician.
James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia (Messersmith) Strine; two daughters, Linda H. Strine of Denver, Colo., and Nancy S. Strine and her husband, Jack Lantzy, of Shepherdstown, W.Va. He was preceded in death by a brother, C. William Strine.