James Stephens
1928 - 2021
James Stephens
June 11, 2021
Salisbury, CT – James L. Stephens II, 92 a resident at Noble Horizons, passed away Friday June 11, 2021 after a brief illness.
Jim was born June 17, 1928 in Baltimore, MD son of the late Frank L. Stephens and the Myrtle (Brown) Stephens.
He was the husband of the late Joan (Smith) Stephens, 50 years.
Jim graduated from the Missouri Military Academy as a Battalion commander. He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay in 1953. He served as a communications officer on the USS Bennington Aircraft carrier in 1954.
He married the love of his life Joan Sydney Smith on Nov. 28, 1953. Jim and his wife Joan owned and operated Windward Manor ski lodge in North Conway NH. He then took on the Insurance business where it kept him and his family moving different places settling in New Milford, CT in the mid 60's. He established his own Insurance Company on Bank St., selling Casualty, Health & Life insurance for several years. Later moving to Riverside RI where he retired.
Jim loved life; he was a little league coach, mentor, Lions Club member, Tour coordinator for 29 years of trips to the Alps. He was enthusiastic artist who wrote cartoon articles in several newspapers in RI He could strike up a conversation with anyone and enjoyed being with family and friends. He enjoyed skiing, golfing and boating.
Besides his parents Jim was predeceased by his brother Frank L Stephens of Arizona, his wife of (50) years in RI and a daughter Judy S. Stephens of New Canaan CT.
Jim is survived by (3) adult children Sherry L. Falardeau and husband Russell of Carver, MA, James L. Stephens III and partner Mona Liblanc of Charlestown, MA and Douglas Stephens of Torrington, CT.
Jim is also survived by (3) adult grandchildren Robert, Stacey, Matthew and (2) great-granddaughters Amber and Melanie, nieces and nephews.
After cremation, the service with be private.
Jim will be greatly missed.
Published by New Milford Spectrum on Jun. 21, 2021.
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Mr. Stephens and my late mother, Alice, worked together at New Milford Insurance Agency on Bank Street. Our families were friends and enjoyed many get togethers, picnics, pontoon boat rides on Candlewood Lake. Our parents socialized often. I remember Mr. Stephens' wit and smile and treasure the many happy childhood memories. Sending my love and condolences to his children and their families.
Lesly Krosky Ferris
June 21, 2021
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