James K. Allspaugh, 65, formerly of 215 Arthur Ave., Scranton, passed away on April 15 in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where he resided. Jim was a beloved faculty member of the Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, Mass., for more than 30 years, and after learning of his death, the school took a day off to celebrate his life and achievements. A memory board has been created and a special garden and bench are planned to commemorate the impact he had on the school and the hundreds of first- and second-grade students he taught. Jim had a longtime passion for art and photography and spent many summers sketching and painting on Monhegan Island, Maine, where he became part of the island's folklore.
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Jim is survived by his mother, Ida Allspaugh, a longtime Scranton resident who now resides in Shannondell Retirement Community, Audubon, Pa. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Barbara Thomas of King of Prussia, Pa.; a sister, Virginia Hansen of Omaha, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews, as well as an extended family of many friends in the Concord, Mass., area.
A memorial service will be held near Audubon, Pa., and interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore. Gifts may be made in Jim's name to the Fayerweather Street School, 765 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Published in Scranton Times on May 8, 2013