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John James Denault III

1989 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
John James Denault III Obituary

John James "Jimmy" Denault, III, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born July 27, 1989 in New Haven the beloved son of Elizabeth "Lisa" Smith, MD of Simsbury John and Cathy Denault of Oxford. Jimmy was raised in Simsbury and was a graduate of the Simsbury High School. He enjoyed reading and movies. He was an avid writer in many genres including poetry and published commentary in various publications. He had a great passion for music and singing. Jimmy also enjoyed riding his bicycle in the evening and spending time with family and friends. James touched many, many lives all over the country. He struggled with the disease of addiction for many years. During those years of struggle he helped fellow addicts with their recovery. He gave of himself selflessly. The family is supported and inspired by the stories of his great humor, friendship, kindness and generosity of love to so many. He was a gentle soul who is deeply missed. As James worked to help his fellow addicts, he would want, as the family does to raise people's awareness of the incredible danger of addiction. It claims lives every day. Besides his loving parents, he is survived by his brother, Ian Denault of Oxford, CT; his sister, Colleen Denault of Oxford, CT; his step mother, Cathy Denault of Oxford; his paternal grandparents, John and Moira Denault of Danbury, CT; his aunts and uncles, Dorothy Smith, Michael and Virginia Smith, Michele Denault, Al and Kendra Smith, Palmer and Michele Smith, Aliyah Smith and Gerard Denault and many cousins and extended family members. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Albert Cowper Smith, Col. US Army (ret) and Carey Smith. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, April 19th, 3:00 PM at Vincent's Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT. Burial will be private. James loved animals. In that spirit donations to the ASPCA are suitable. In addition, memorial donations may be made to charities of each person's choice to support those struggling with addiction. Please visit Jimmy's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 17, 2014
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