James M. Reynolds Sr.
1950 - 2018
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James M. Reynolds, Sr.
Jim Reynolds was born on May 14, 1950. He was a teacher, painter, gardener, handyman, comedian, friend, neighbor, brother, husband, Dad, and Pop Pop to six beautiful grandkids who thought the world of him.
Jim grew up in Derby, attended Shelton High School, and Southern CT State University where he met his wife Jeannette whom he married in 1974. Jim taught P.E. in Bridgeport for several years and later became a science teacher at Bethel Middle School where he also coached boys basketball for over 40 years. He made many wonderful friends along the way - relationships which he cherished greatly. "Gentleman Jim", as he was referred to, was always the first to step up and help others. After retiring in 2015, Jim spent his days gardening with Jeannette, fixing toys for his grandchildren, visiting friends, barbecuing for family dinners, cheering on the Mets and Jets, grabbing a hot dog at a local shop, and entertaining his grandkids. Jim loved his family, friends, and neighbors. He will be missed every day for the rest of our lives and left a positive everlasting influence on the community. Jim is predeceased by his parents, Hubert and Florence (Middendorf) Reynolds and a nephew, Todd Reynolds.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette (Boston) Reynolds and his three children and their spouses, Elizabeth and husband Vinny Leto, Jimmy and his wife, Sarah Hartley Reynolds, and Kathleen and her husband, John Hoey and six grandchildren, Sienna, Alexandra, Jimmy, Jack, Joey and a new grandson on the way who he was so looking forward to meeting. Jim had three siblings whom he loved dearly, Hubert Reynolds, Beth Forsell, and Colleen Sawyer. "Uncle Jim" was loved by 12 nieces and nephews as well as his sisters and brothers-in-law. He very much treasured his friendships with his neighbors, former colleagues, and "The Janers" - his childhood friends. Jim Reynolds lived a happy life surrounded by people who loved him dearly. He was truly a great man.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, Bethel, CT, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel.
The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT, Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To light a candle or leave an online condolence, please visit Hullfuneralservice.com.

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Published in Danbury News Times on May 10, 2018.
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June 8, 2018
My daughter Patricia had Mr. Reynolds as a teacher and was sad to hear that he had retured. Thus she was heartbroken to hear of his passing, sending condolences to his family with many thanks for all the students lives that he enriched. The Gonzalez Family
May 30, 2018
You have lost your rock but he leaves behind a family that is strong and knows what love is. My deepest condolences.
Richard Haight
May 24, 2018
Dear Jannette, so very sorry we have lost such a very great man. My prayers are with you and your family.
Sheila Roy
May 18, 2018
Dear Jeannette, may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Susan Anderson
May 16, 2018
Sending love & healing. I'm so sorry.
Stacey Payne
May 14, 2018
Jeanette and family I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great man, loved and respected by many. Be comforted by all of the great memories you and your family share.
Sandy McCarthy
May 13, 2018
To the entire Reynolds & Boston family! I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing for he was one of the good guys!
David Bonis
May 13, 2018
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.
Carl and Marilyn Ferencek
May 12, 2018
Very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great Fraternity brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Mike Moon Carbray
8th Pledge Class
Mike Carbray
May 12, 2018
We are so very saddened to hear about Jim. Our hearts go out to each of you.... knowing what a close loving family you are, and how deeply you loved him, and he loved you.
Much love to you.
The DeRubertis Family
May 12, 2018
Jeanette & Family,
Jim was a great guy and a wonderful friend. He will be missed by all.
Joy Clarkson
May 12, 2018
Reynolds family,
I will miss my "roomie". He will be missed by everyone.
Louise Mastracchio
May 11, 2018
My sympathy to the Reynolds family. He was a great teacher and will be missed. Fly free
kim Christian
May 11, 2018
Thanks for being a great teacher, Mr. Reynolds! You helped my life be better.
Renee George
May 11, 2018
Mr. Reynolds was one of the best teachers and coaches ever! He really cared about his students and we all knew it. He definitely impacted my life in a positive manner and I thank him for that. Gone to soon, but in a much better place. RIP Mr. Reynolds.....
Joshua Freese
May 11, 2018
R.I.P Mr Reynolds. He was a great 7th grade science teacher for the bethel community. Thank you for everything you have done. He was liked by everyone.. Condolences to the whole Reynolds family..
Robert Bonsignore
May 11, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Reynolds' passing. He was my 7th grade Science teacher at BMS back in 1997! He was very funny and remember always enjoying his lightheartedness. My thoughts are with you all.
Vera Gonzalez
May 11, 2018
Jeanette, you and your family our in our prayers. Heartfelt condolences and much love,
DeSantis, Somma, and DiBartolomeo families
May 11, 2018
Reynolds Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
Jaime, Luke, Ava and Emma Sawyer
May 11, 2018
Sympathy to the entire Reynold's family...working with Jim was wonderful, but our bus rides to "away games" was where we really got to know each other...and laugh...and it is the laughter I will remember...Fondly, Sue Davison
Sue d
May 11, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sherri Dombroski
May 10, 2018
I am saddened to hear that Jim has passed. Sending my love to Jeanette and her children and their families. God Speed to you all. Love Cousin
Debbie McGrat
May 10, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Mr. Reynolds was such a wonderful person and teacher. We will miss him dearly!!
Armando & Family Roma
May 10, 2018
What a gem of a human being. Such an honor to have him in science at SMS. My sincerest condolences. Mr. Reynolds made the world a better place!
Robin NeJame
May 10, 2018
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Lucy and Jimmy Trusock
James Trusock
May 10, 2018
What a wonderful man. He had a place in my heart for many reasons. I am grateful that the last time i saw him i got a hug and he said he was proud of me. Truly and honorably remembered.
Shannon Spencer
May 10, 2018
Jeanette, Jimmy, Elizabeth, and Kathleen I am so very sorry to hear such sad news. Jim was a gentleman, a scholar, an excellent teacher, a great colleague and friend. I am thinking of you and your extended family.
Abby Devaney Olsen
May 10, 2018
Jeannette and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynn and Bruce Fenn
May 10, 2018
My sincere condolences! I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim in Bethel, always a smile on his face!
Marlene Caravakis
May 10, 2018
My condolence to the family. Jim was a wonderful person, friend and great teacher
Diana Emmeluth
May 10, 2018
Jeanette & family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was an honor to know Jim.

Barb & Bob Findley
May 10, 2018
Dear Jeannette, my condolences to you and your family. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers.
Palma Senatore
May 10, 2018
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May 10, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jim was a wonderful person and teacher.
Pam Strout
May 10, 2018
Reynolds Family, sincere condolences on your loss.
Toni Bonacci
May 10, 2018
Jeannette & family sorry for your loss, Jim was one of the nicest guys I remember from our college days and always fun to be around.
George Barone
May 10, 2018
In loving memorie of Mr. Reynolds, I would just like to thank Mr. Reynolds for everything hes done for me and my fellows classmates as a senior In highschool his passing was very hard to hear. I looked up to him so much to the point I dressed up as him on Teacher Appreciation Week. I never could have learned science without him. He will be miss very much but certainly not forgotten through the laughs and kindness he showed to everyone. His memories will stick with me forever.
Clarisa Rosario
May 10, 2018
Jim was always a man of impeccable character and the epitome of a true family man. Between teaching at the Bethel Middle School and coaching youth sports, Jim had such a profound and positive impact on so many children and families in the Bethel community. The Herbst family sends along our deepest sympathies during this most difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Reynolds family.
Karl Herbst
May 10, 2018
So sorry for your loss he was a lovely man
Tami Edmonds
May 10, 2018
I will miss you always.

Carol Boston
May 10, 2018
My deepest sympathies Jeanette & family. May wonderful memories help you through difficult times.
Karhy Ward
May 10, 2018
What a nice man, and dedicated teacher and coach. He will be missed by so many.
Jeremy Kasack
May 10, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Jims passing. You have my sincere condolences to Jeanette and the family.
Karen Neri
May 10, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers!
The Cotter Family
May 10, 2018
Dear Jeannette and family, I am so very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I know that much love surrounds you and the kids and grandkids and friends. Sending thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Deb Demuth
May 10, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Jim fondly and with great respect. May he rest in eternal peace.
Wayne Gallo
May 9, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss. I can only hope that your wonderful memories of Jim will bring a smile to your face during this difficult time.
Jan maria Jagush
May 9, 2018
What a blessed manprayers for the familyheaven just welcomed a beautiful soul.
Roy and Carol. Rachel and Laura Swanson
May 9, 2018
Shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of my seventh grade science teacher. I have yet to meet a more kind and gentle soul than Mr Reynolds - I am ever thankful to have had him as a teacher. Sending my love and light to the family.
Allison Renner
May 9, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Your familys love for each other has always been something Ive admired. May that love and all the memories hes left you with bring you comfort.
Danelle Kulbieda
May 9, 2018
I'm so sorry to read about Mr. Reynolds. My daughter loved having him as a teacher. Prayers to you and your families.
May 9, 2018
So sorry for your loss.....a kind and gentle educator who cared
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