James R. Wight

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Waterford - On June 4, 2012, James R. Wight went on "the Long Run."

Born in New Haven, he joined his parents, Royal and Juliette, and his brothers, Royal and David, in heaven. Jim spent his youth in Plainfield attending St. John's School and later went to St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Jim joined what would become the first graduating class at Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, participating in football, basketball, and track. As a junior, he won the state championship in javelin. After studying at Mitchell Jr. College and the University of Connecticut, Jim became a 25-year career man in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of SMSgt. He also completed 20 years with the U.S. Postal Service in North London, Niantic, and Waterford.

Jim will be sadly missed by his wife, Sally; and his daughters, Beth H. Muyskens and husband, Matthew, of Houston, Texas, Jená M. West and husband, Gregory, of Colebrook, and Gretel A. Wight of Waterford. He was a beloved grandpa of Aaron, Zachary, and Garrett James West, and of Morgan, Lillie, and Ethan James Muyskens.

Jim had many passions; one was running with his dogs, Charlie and Chili. He completed marathons in Boston, Houston, Omaha, Warwick, and East Lyme. He ran 50 milers like JFK in Washington, D.C., Lake Waramaug, and the Nifty Fifty in Rhode Island. With the motto "No Pain, No Gain", he took on 100 miles at Rocky Raccoon, Texas, Old Dominion, Va., Arkansas Traveller, Western States, and Vermont Endurance. He was also a consummate fan of the WNBA Connecticut Sun, the former Houston Comets, and UConn women's basketball.

On July 10, a Memorial Mass will be offered at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, followed by full military honors at the Houston National Cemetery, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in his name may be made to the Groton Scholarship Fund, Fitch Senior High School, 101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340 or to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Melanoma Unit, 1515 Holcomb Blvd., Houston, TX 77030, or to Prince of Peace Food Pantry, 19222 Tomball Parkway, Houston, TX 77070.

Funeral arrangements are by the American Heritage Funeral Home Dignity Memorial.
Published in The Day on June 27, 2012
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