James G. Milkie Sr., 85, of South Windsor, beloved husband for 61 years of the late Judy (Kobylanski) Milkie, died peacefully on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his family. Jim was born on July 29, 1935, son of the late Jules and Nellie L. (Nolan) Milkie. He lived in the Rainbow section of Windsor as a young boy but moved to South Windsor where he lived for the rest of his life. He received his diploma in carpentry in June 1955 from Hartford Regional Technical School. Jim entered the U. S. Army immediately after graduation and married Judy Kobylanski shortly thereafter on August 20, 1955, settling in South Windsor. While serving his country during the Korean War, his daughter Susan was born. He was a proud Korean War veteran who loved sharing his memories of that time. Jim went on to start his own business, James Milkie Builders, Inc. and was a home builder and realtor for many years. He built many homes in South Windsor and all around Hartford County, but his proudest accomplishment was building the South Windsor Convalescent Home in 1967 - owning it until 1989. He was passionate about care for the elderly and even more so during the Covid pandemic. Jim loved his town of South Windsor, watching it as it has changed through the years. He was a giver, donating to many different organizations that he cared deeply about. Jim was a selfless, caring, loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He will be dearly missed. Jim was predeceased by his brothers, the late Robert Milkie of South Windsor, his little brother Richard Milkie of South Windsor, and his beloved son the late Gary N. Milkie of South Windsor. He leaves behind his daughter Susan L. Gabriel of Danbury, his son James G. Milkie Jr. of South Windsor, his grandsons, John J. Gabriel and his wife Ashley of Newtown, Robert G. Gabriel and his wife Katherine of Arlington, VA, Jeffrey R. Gabriel of Chicago, IL, and his beloved little great-grandsons Nolan and Austin Gabriel of Newtown. He also leaves his sister-in-law Marjorie Milkie of South Windsor, nephews Mark and David Milkie, beloved cousin Margie Nolan of Windsor, several other cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. His family will receive friends on Monday, March 1, 2021, from 5 – 7 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10 a.m., in the funeral home. There will be a private burial in the spring at Elm Grove Cemetery in Windsor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor or a charity of the donor's choice
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