SERVICE, James Brigham
James Brigham "Brig" Service, beloved husband of Dorothy "Dotti" Martini Service, passed from this life on January 27, 2013 at Suffield by the River, in Suffield. He was born on March 11, 1924 in Willington, to James Gallup and Harriet Service. Brig grew up in Willington and graduated from Hall Memorial School in 1938. He attended and graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic in 1942 and attended Billard Academy in New London, before enlisting in the Naval Air Corps on Dec. 7, 1942. After serving in the Naval Air Corps, he studied Textile Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at New Bedford where he was a member of the Phi Psi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he worked for the Duplan Corporation in Hazelton, PA before returning to Connecticut in 1949 to work at Hill Top Farm, his family's smoked meats business. In 1950 he joined the American Thread Company in Willimantic where he worked in several capacities before retiring 30 years later as Industrial Relations Manager. Brig was very active in Willimantic community affairs as a member of the Young Republicans, the Republican Town Committee, the Willimantic Town Council, the Windham Board of Education, the Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern Connecticut Personnel Association, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts of America and as a life member of the Elks Lodge # 1311. After raising their family, Brig and Dotti retired to New Smyrna Beach, FL where he continued to be involved in his community, serving on the New Smyrna Beach Personnel Board and was Treasurer of the Board of the New Smyrna Beach Yacht Club. Brig and Dotti returned to Connecticut in 2008 settling in Suffield, to be nearer to their family. Brig enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His interests included auto racing, boating, bowling, camping, and playing golf. His passion, second only to Dotti, was his love of flying and interest in planes which continued well into his retirement. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister Charlotte "Liz" Church; his two daughters and their husbands, Ann (Patrick) Cerreta and Kathy (Calvin) Chowanec; his daughter-in-law, Laura Service; his two sons and their wives Billy (Deborah) Service and Matthew (Geraldine) Service. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son J. Peter Service and his two brothers, John and David Service. Brig's family would like to extend special thanks for the loving care and concern of all the staff of Suffield by the River and Rivers' Watch Assisted Living Facility. The family wants to thank Companions and Homemakers aides, especially Heidi who brought much joy into his life. Special thanks to Vitas Hospice Care, Cathy Lukas, and the staff of hospice nurses who cared for him so wonderfully in his final hours.
No calling hours and burial will be private. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Church on Jackson Street in Willimantic, CT on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Potter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information and on line condolences please log onto www.potterfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Brig's memory may be made to a
. The celebration of Brig's life will continue at a reception following the Memorial Mass.