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James M. Shugert

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James M. Shugert, 75, died on July 18, 2014, after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Diane P. Shugert who predeceased him. Born in Huntingdon, PA, he was the son of the late Helen Shugert. Jim also had a sister, Marlene, who predeceased him. A professor emeritus of music at Central Connecticut State University, he helped to develop the band and marching band, and taught trumpet and method classes from 1967 - 1997. Jim attended Penn State University as an undergraduate, obtained a masters degree in music at the University of Michigan, and a doctorate at the University of Illinois. A member of the International Trumpet Guild, he often attended conventions around the country. Jim always loved his dogs, Bartleby, Bogey, Birdie, and Vickie among them, but later in his life, he became a horse enthusiast. Jim owned 2 horses, Dale and Spencer and was a regular at The Ray of Light Stables where he took riding lessons and kept his horses. A resident of Middle Haddam, Jim was a member of the Belfry Club and a supporter of the Middle Haddam Public Library. He played regularly at Easter and Christmas services at Christ Church in Middle Haddam and for many years played Christmas carols at the Middle Haddam Post Office. Jim loved fancy cars, films, and a dry martini with olives. He was also an avid reader, a fine photographer, and an excellent writer who kept his friends entertained on e-mail. He was known for his wit, often acerbic. His Christmas card with an account of his year and photographs of his animals were always a treat. Jim leaves his many friends, especially those from his hometown of Huntingdon, PA. His devoted friends from CT who were a constant support in his life are Marion Sgroi-Varano of New Britain, Stephen Perry of West Hartford, and Lisa Curry of East Haddam. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to www.rayoflightfarm.org. A memorial service to celebrate Jim's life will be scheduled at a later date.

Published in The Hartford Courant from July 25 to July 26, 2014
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