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James J. Brockman Obituary

James John Brockman, 56, of Farmington, passed away on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at home with his family by his side following a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Jim was born in Suffern, New York, on September 18, 1957, the son of John A. Brockman, and Mary Macchi Brockman. He spent his childhood years in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and attended Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, NJ. Jim was a 1979 Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. Following a brief employment as an engineer testing components for nuclear submarines with General Dynamics Electric Boat division in Groton, he joined his uncle's engineering firm, Macchi Engineers in Hartford in 1980. Jim became Principal of the firm in 1986 and under his leadership and expertise in the fields of structural and civil engineering, Macchi Engineers earned numerous awards throughout Connecticut and New England. Some of his notable projects include the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Clinical Research Facility, Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies, Staples Elementary School in Easton, Hartford Public Safety Building, Hartford Hospital CORE Addition, major additions to Tunxis Community College, numerous UCONN projects including the Mark R. Shekman Football Complex and Training Center, and work throughout Connecticut for United Technologies Corporation. Jim had many interests outside of engineering, which included attending business courses at Harvard University and taking online courses in artificial intelligence sponsored by Stanford University. Jim was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Consulting Engineers Council, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. He served on the board of the Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield and the Board of the Country Club of Farmington where he was the President in 2011 and 2012. Jim was also actively involved in the ACE Mentoring Program that sponsored area high school students in the City of Hartford who were interested in pursuing careers in architecture and engineering. Jim married Susan West Brockman on April 23, 1988 in St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington. The couple lived in Farmington throughout their lives together. Susan was a guiding light for Jim, supporting him through two brave battles with cancer. Together they have two children, James Jr. and Matthew. A close family, the Brockmans enjoyed skiing and golf together. Jim was very involved in the Farmington community with his sons from Boy Scout Troop Leader to coaching and attending their basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse games. Jim was a lover of great wine and good food with his many friends. Jim is remembered as a devoted husband, an inspiration to his sons, a man with a big laugh and presence, and a good and loyal friend. He is survived by his wife Susan West Brockman, sons James and Matthew; sister Marilyn Brockman and her husband David Friedt of Mercer Island, WA; sister Nancy Brockman of Durango, CO; nieces Ramona Barber of Seattle, WA and Eleanor Barber of Aspen, CO. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday (May 3) at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 3 Mountain Rd., Farmington. A reception with the family will follow at The Country Club of Farmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be made to: University of Washington (please indicate Press Cancer Research Fund in the memo field of your check) and mailed to: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Attn: Nancy Press, 1100 Fairview Ave N., D3-190, Seattle, WA 98109. The D'Esopo Funeral Chapel of Wethersfield is in charge of arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2014
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