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James Courtlandt FERRIS

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FERRIS, James Courtlandt

James Courtlandt Ferris of Wallingford, and previously of East Windsor and East Hartford, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2013, surrounded by family at the age of 90. He was born on Oct. 20, 1922 in Hartford, the son of Amelia Fey Ferris and Courtlandt D. Ferris. Jim was raised in Hartford, graduating from Bulkeley High School. In Hartford, he met the love of his life, Jane C. Dewey whom he married on May 1, 1943. Jim was a United States Navy veteran in the Pacific Theater Operations, 1943-1946. He was a plank owner on the USS George E. Davis, DE 357, where he served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class Sonarman and Mailman. He retired from a career in Tool and Die Engraving as the President and Sales Manager of Preston Engravers of Windsor, CT from 1947-1984. He was internationally recognized in the rotary die trades industry for his accomplishments to that field of work. In addition to his many talents and rewarding career, Jim was recognized as being a very generous philanthropist with the Masonic Charities Foundation and many other worthy organizations and causes. Jim was a proud member of the Freemasons for 50 years earning his 32nd Degree. He was a member of the Sphinx Temple AAONMS. While living in East Windsor, he was a member of the Rotary Club. Through the years Jim served terms as a Town Selectman, as a member of the Board of Education, a Justice of the Peace and on he Zoning Board of Appeals. He was involved and committed to the East Windsor community and donated greatly to the Library Association of Warehouse Point, helping to build an addition named in memory of his wife, Jane. Music was very important to Jim throughout his entire life. His music interest began at age eight when he sang in the Christ Church Cathedral Boys Choir in Hartford as a boy soprano. While living in East Hartford he was an active member of Hockanum Methodist Church, serving on many committees, singing in the adult choir and directing many wonderful variety and talent shows for the community. He became a member of SPEBSQSA singing barbershop harmony, traveling locally, nationally and internationally as a tenor in the TOP HATS barbershop comedy quartet. Jim was an accomplished hobby photographer. He conducted digital workshops and exhibited his digital photography in East Windsor and Wallingford. He enjoyed traveling the world and took beautiful photos during those journeys. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 44 years, Jane Dewey Ferris who passed in 1987. Surviving him is his son, Kenneth C. Ferris and his wife Mary Lou of Burlington; his daughter, Janette F. Grace and her husband William of East Windsor; his grandchildren Sean Ferris and Sharon, Christopher Pinette, Lisa Pinette and Robert Grace, also David Vaudreuil and Lisa Vaudreuil; and two great-grandchildren; and cousins, nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by Priscilla LaVallee and Barbra-Jean Male who offered him care and companionship in his later years; and Howard Orr, a special Masonic brother and friend. The family would like to thank the wonderful Ashlar Village staff and Jim's many Masonic friends for their wonderful support and care at the Masonicare community during his retirement years.
There are no calling hours. Burial is private. A memorial service, celebrating Jim's life is planned for Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at Saint John 's Episcopal Church, 92 Main Street in the Warehouse Point section of East Windsor. Memorial donations may be sent to: The Masonic Charity Foundation of CT, 74 Cheshire Rd, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. The Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. For online condolences and directions please visit www.bassingerdowdfh.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 7, 2013
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