Francis "James" Prior, 82, of Enfield, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at home with his wife of 54 years, Jackie, by his side.
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Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Ann (Collins) and Albert Prior, he lived in Hartford and East Hartford, before moving to Enfield in 1972. A 1948 graduate of Hartford High School, Jim was a natural in carpentry but chose a career in the automotive industry. He spent 44 years as a parts manager for various automotive dealerships, winning several awards for top sales revenues in the region. After retiring in 1994, he spent his days fishing and watching the Red Sox from his hammock at home.
Besides his wife, Jackie, he is survived by his sons, Ken and wife, Michele, of Somers, and Tom and wife, Pam, of Enfield; nephew, Jim and wife, Judy Parlee, of Manchester; grandchildren, Sean Prior and wife, Megan, of Somers, Zachary and Dylan Prior of Enfield; and his great-granddaughter, Chloe Prior of Somers. Jim was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Parlee.
Jim's family would like to extend a special thank you to hospice for its care throughout his illness.
There are no calling hours and a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Enfield Dial-A-Ride, 299 Elm St., Enfield, CT 06082.
Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels has been entrusted with his arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 30 to Aug. 3, 2014