James Shukie
1950 - 2021
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James S. Shukie
James S. Shukie, age 70, of Newtown, CT beloved husband of Margaret "Peggy" Conlisk Shukie for 45 years, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Jim lived in an extraordinary life and had a positive impact on everyone that was fortunate enough to know him. Its with joy that we look back on his fulfilling achievements and life.
Jim was born in Westport, CT on December 10, 1950 to the late John and Mabel Clark Shukie. Jim attended Assumption elementary school in Westport before attending Fairfield Preparatory School, graduating in 1968.
Jim earned his master's degree and sixth year from Fairfield University in American Studies & Administration. He remains a member of President Circle of Fairfield University to this day. Jim met his future wife and love of his life, Peggy, at Fairfield University. Peggy and Jim wed in 1976, and eventually settled in Easton, CT where they raised their four treasured sons.
Jim was head coach for each of his four boys, Chris, Brian, Kyle, and Colin at various times in multiple sports as they grew up. His sons were encouraged to find their passion in sports. Jim spent countless hours with his boys playing whiffle ball or any other sport imaginable in his side yard with friends, neighbors, and relatives.
Jim began his life-long career in Education where he served as Principal at St. Louis School in West Haven, CT. Jim was beloved by all and left a legacy wherever he went, particularly at Eastern Middle School of Greenwich, CT. There, Jim taught social studies prior to becoming assistant principal until his retirement in 2016. Jim was well known as "THE speaker" at 8th grade graduation, bringing light to current events through his lens of history and where he always had the last "word". Upon his retirement, he left a long-lasting legacy that reflected his love for education.
Jim loved spending his time and energy in places he called home. In addition to Connecticut, Jim maintained a vacation home in West Dover, Vermont with Peggy, where friends and family often flocked throughout the years, after skiing, to celebrate New Year's, gather the grandchildren, or find seclusion. Jim served as President of the Lake Raponda Homeowners Association where he took a heartfelt interest in preserving the environmental integrity of the lake. It was at Lake Raponda where he enjoyed kayaking and captaining his pontoon boat, 'The Patriot', named after his favorite football team. In addition, Jim had a love for all things landscaping, never missing an opportunity to use his chain saw and weedwhacker. His newfound time in retirement, also offered him the ability to serve as a Trustee for Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service.
Jim loved listening to classic rock of the 60s and 70s and had a lifelong passion for drumming. His favorite artists included The Beatles, John Denver, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Garth Brooks to name a few.
It was hard to keep Jim down. Jim was always upbeat and brought a positive energy to the room when he walked in. He was affectionately known as "Pop Pop" by his six grandchildren and will be forever missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include: his son Chris and wife Chelsea along with their children Ella Grace and Caitlin O'Hara of Winchester, MA; his son Brian of Danbury, CT; his son Kyle and wife Bethany of Woburn, MA; his son Colin and wife Christy along with their children Samuel James, Jonah Gabriel, Eliza Jeanne and John Paul Patrick of Lakewood, CO; his brother, John and wife Mary of Baltimore, MD; his brother-in-law, Patrick and wife Addie Conlisk of Setauket, NY; and his many nieces, nephews, and great nieces, and nephews.
Friends are invited to a walk-through visitation on Tuesday, January 19th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in THE GREGORY F. DOYLE FUNERAL HOME, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT 06460. Please follow current pandemic concerns by wearing a mask and keeping social distance. It is asked that you kindly enter the funeral home and leave through the rear doors after greeting the family to accommodate all visitors. The Funeral Mass at St. Pius X Church in Fairfield, CT will be live-streamed on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed on St Pius X Church YouTube channel and on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations: Easton Volunteer EMS Inc, and Lake Raponda Environmental Foundation. To share a memory and to view the live-stream link, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.



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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 15, 2021.
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February 21, 2021
Wonderful man, as I remember. He was a young man at St. Louis elementary school as Principal and Teacher. I do remember a gathering around 1984 at St. Louis that I did attend as well as his other fans! May God Bless and Keep his soul in our hearts. So sorry to hear. Rest in peace, Mr. Shukie.
Cynthia Crandall D'Apice
Student
February 19, 2021
Beloved teacher at St. Louis!
Lisa Scranton (Mari)
Student
January 25, 2021
Jim was a very kind and patient man. I was not an easy student and he disciplined me but never held it against me and tried to help me learn from my mistakes. There were many others who wrote off the difficult children but Mr. Shukie let us know there was hope. He was a great man and treated people with integrity and kindness. Prayers with his family
Justin Shaw
Student
January 23, 2021
Dear Shukie Family,
Your father (and husband) was one of the kindest men I have had the pleasure of knowing. All my kids went to Eastern and he was always so upbeat, fun, caring, engaging, and thoughtful. Your father left a huge impact on the Eastern Middle school community. I remember how sad we were that he was retiring. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. He left behind many fans and appreciative students. God Bless you all ..he was a wonderful man with a gift to connect to others.
The Saleeby Family
Friend
January 22, 2021
Peggy and the boys: Love him, love him, love him. What a treasure is the white, hot memory of that wonderful man. He's not gone. He lives on in the sweet recollections we all have of him.
Jack Curry
Friend
January 20, 2021
Mr. Shukie is the reason I became a teacher. Every day, his passion and compassion made me become a better student and a better person. Even these many years later, his example inspires me to teach with that same passion and compassion. Thank you, Mr. Shukie, once more. I hope I can touch even a fraction of the lives you did.
Matt Imbrogno
Student
January 19, 2021
I am deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a terrific guy: a wonderful colleague, and a lot of fun with whom to attend Yankees games. May he rest in eternal Peace and his memory live in the hearts of those who loved him, forever.
Dr. Christopher M. Minio
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January 18, 2021
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January 18, 2021
We are deeply saddened to hear of losing Jim. What an amazing man. We never got to see each other often, but I always remember him with a huge smile and an even bigger hug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and beyond. Love you all.
Larissa, George and Emma Bashura
Larissa Bashura
Family
January 18, 2021
Peggy and Family ,
Our deepest condolences to you and the family . Sending prayers and love your way .

Love ,Joey ,Mike & Chrissy Seagren
chrissy
January 17, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the Shukie family. We'll miss Jim's wonderful sense of humor and gift for speaking and storytelling so much. You're all in our hearts so very much. All our love,
Stacey & Ryan Weber
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January 17, 2021
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January 16, 2021
Dear Peggy, my heart breaks for you. Jim was such a positive, good-hearted person. Praying for you and your family and sending much love.
Linda Martino David
Friend
January 16, 2021
PEG and family...I am so sorry for your loss......Jim was a very special man...I know you are surrounded with lots of love and support ...know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.....Sally Lyddy. ❤
Sally LYDDY
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January 16, 2021
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January 16, 2021
Sending my condolences to the Shukie family. I was a student of Mr. Shukie's during my childhood at EMS (graduated in 2001) and it was always such a comfort and treat to see his friendly face around the halls of the school. Middle school can be a difficult time and he always had a warm, calming presence that made me (and the other students) feel at ease around him. He will be missed.
Emily Weissler
Student
January 16, 2021
My condolences to the Shukie family. I remember Jim and his brother John from their days at Assumption elementary school in Westport.
Bob Grant
January 16, 2021
We are shocked and saddened to hear about this. Our condolences and deepest sympathies to Peg and the entire family. We will miss chatting with Jim on Lake Raponda Road.
Beth and Bob Brody
Neighbor
January 15, 2021
Our deepest sympathy . Prayers for you and your family . A wonderful man . John snd Patty Bria
Patty
Friend
January 15, 2021
The Salkin Family send our sympathy and strength to the family of this truly lovely man. May his memory be a blessing for all who knew and loved him. Thank you Mr. Shukie for the love you had for your students at EMS.
Samantha and Jamie, Jackie and Will Salkin
Student
January 15, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. So heartbreaking for you all and for all of us who’s lives have been touched by such a kind , loving , gentle man . God Bless you all , Linda Dobrydney
Linda Dobrydney
Friend
January 15, 2021
My three children attended Eastern Middle School and were very fond of Mr. Shukie. He was a wonderful educator, a great listener, and related so well with my children. Our sincere sympathies.
The Faryniarz Family
Julie Faryniarz
Friend
January 15, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ~ The Ginise Family
Janet
Coworker
January 15, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Robert Zimardo
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