James Manning Stoughton

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James Manning Stoughton, born Nov. 8, 1928, son of the late Henry Lee Stoughton and Arline Manning Stoughton, died at Vernon Manor on June 28, 2014, after a brief illness.

Affectionately known as Jim, Mr. Jim, Mr. Stoughton, and Mr. Jimmy, he was beloved for his generosity of spirit. Present in top hat, topcoat, and muffler, bell in hand as Town Crier to open Winterfest, he personified the Yankee spirit.

His survivors include his wife Pat of Ellington; his sister Janet Flynn of West Springfield, whom he affectionately called Cappina; and relatives throughout the country.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a chaplain's assistant. A high school English teacher in Rockville, Ellington, and East Hampton, his passion for literature and the arts was lifelong. Blessed with a marvelous speaking voice, he was esteemed as a vocal coach and mentor, and his talents were especially appreciated in the churches that were very dear to him, Broad Brook Congregational Church and St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon. Jim regarded the home that he and Pat created as an essential, restorative retreat. During his declining years, his gentle spirit became more and more prominent, and he appreciated the willingness of various town boards and committees, along with the people and clergy of St. John's Church, to support his active participation up to the time of his death. "Now abide faith, hope, and love."

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family from 4 to 7 p.m., July 8, 2014, at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect Street, Rockville.

A Memorial Holy Eucharist celebrating Jim's life will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon at a date to be announced. Burial will be in the family plot in Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, Massachusetts at the family's convenience.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Broad Brook Congregational Church, St. John's Episcopal Church in Vernon, or to the .

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Funeral Home
Burke-Fortin Funeral Home
76 Prospect Street Rockville, CT 06066-3226
(860) 875-5490
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 5 to July 9, 2014
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