James W. Townsend Jr.January 10,2013
James W. Townsend Jr.
James W. Townsend Jr.
ORANGE — It is with great sadness that the family of James W. Townsend Jr., 58, announces his passing on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, surrounded by his wife and family.
Born in Randolph on Feb. 19, 1954, he was the son of the late James W. Townsend Sr. and Marlene (Dunn) Townsend West.
Jim graduated from Williamstown High School, class of 1972. After his schooling, he enlisted in the Army. While in the service, he received the title of a Golden Glove boxer.
Jim was a hard worker who was a skilled stone cutter, auto dealer and caregiver. Jim owned a few different stone sheds in the Williamstown and Barre area. He also worked for several local stone sheds throughout the years. In his later years, he spent several years working for Washington County Mental Health Services, as well as the Francis Foundation where he was a dedicated caregiver.
He enjoyed spending precious time with his family, grandchildren and his beloved beagle, Hunter. Jim was well-renowned for his quick wit and humor, as well as being well known as a dealer and a wheeler by his friends and family. He also enjoyed working on automobiles and was the classic cliché of “giving you the shirt off his back” if you needed help with anything.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 19 years, Marilyn (Spencer) Townsend; along with their children, Jimmy Townsend and his companion, Mel, of Northfield, Shelly Hinkley and her fiancé, Louie, of Williamstown, Jon Townsend and his companion, Linda, of Northfield, Michael Townsend and his fiancée, Corina, of Orange, Melissa Townsend, of Essex, Glenn Townsend and his companion, Renee, of South Barre, Garrett Townsend and his fiancée, Jenna, of East Barre, Jeffery Spencer and his companion, Jen, of Barre, Tara Jesmonth and her husband, Jon, of Graniteville, Jennifer Dwinell and her husband, Edward, of Graniteville, and Chad Spencer, of Orange. He also leaves 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one special great-nephew, Jacob Plante. He leaves behind his uncles, Pete Dunn and his wife, Dorothy, of East Orange, and Larry Dunn, of Williamstown; three sisters, Tammy Terry and her companion, Ted, of Williamstown, Terry Bartlett, of White River Junction, and Gloria Doddle Manning, of Hardwick.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Charles Townsend and Dale Townsend; one sister-in-law, Cindy Townsend.
To honor his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
“We miss him today and always will, but are thankful for our precious memories.”
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
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