James W. "Jimbo The Clown" Kocot Jr.

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James "Jimbo The Clown" W. Kocot Jr., 82, beloved husband for 58 years to Joan (Vennard) Kocot, passed away Aug. 7, 2018, at Care One at Redstone in East Longmeadow.

James was born Oct. 2, 1935, the son of the late James "Buzzy The Clown" W. Kocot Sr. and Helen (Kuczynski) Kocot. While from the Springfield area, he was a resident of Somers, for over 40 years. James retired as director of human resources for , Springfield. Previously, he was employed as a Standards Analyst/Cost Engineer at Combustion Engineering/ABB and as a chemist for DeBell and Richardson in Hazardville and was a previous volunteer firefighter, investigator, and fire chief for the Town of Hazardville.

He was a lifelong Mason and a 40-plus year member of the Shriner's Melha Temple where clowning, magic, and circus acts became a part of his daily life. While he did not speak of his service or accomplishments, a sort through his office would find he was also a veteran, a graduate of American International College, a rather proud mixologist, a member of the Brotherhood of Magicians, as well as a member or honorary member of many other fraternal, brotherhood and charitable organizations. James was also a "fierce" tennis player and talented piano player, who would dramatically rip out compositions such as Rachmaninoff's Concerto 2, then easily switch to popular tunes of the day, and he traveled extensively with his wife and comrades, scuba diving in over 33 different islands.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his loving children, Janice LaBroad and her husband, David K. LaBroad, of Enfield, Jean Steinmetz and her husband, Mark Steinmetz, of Stafford Springs, John Kocot and his wife, Susan, of Somers, James W. Kocot III and his partner, Joseph Deegan, of Sugar Hill, Georgia; his daughter-in-law, Charlene Kocot, of Springfield; nine grandchildren, Amanda, Holly, Emily, Spencer, Allison, Joni, Marleena, Conner, and Keira; a great-grandchild, Peyton; a sister, Marcia Hatten and her husband, Tom Hatten, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Janice Shaw and her husband, Edward Shaw, of East Longmeadow; and a brother-in-law, John Vennard of Springfield.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield, followed by placement in the garden of the church. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to , 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104, or the Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center, 271 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Honoring the wishes of the family is the Forastiere Smith Family Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, 2018
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