James E. Hanford
September 20, 1936 - August 24, 2017
James E. Hanford, 80, husband of Grace Gillespie Hanford of East Norwalk passed away on August 24, 2017 from complications of dementia. Jim was residing at Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Portland, Maine in September 20, 1936, son of the late Charles and Sara Coyne Hanford. Jim was a direct descendant of the Rev. Thomas Hanford, first teacher and minister of Norwalk, CT.
Jim was retired from the Stamford Board of Education where he had taught Mathematics at the Rogers Junior and West Hill High Schools. He graduated from WestConn and received his Master’s Degree and Sixth-Year Certificate from Fairfield University. Jim was a lifeguard at Calf Pasture Beach. He also worked many years as Dock Master at Norwalk Cove Marina and Trenwick Group in Stamford. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and waterskiing. In his later years, Jim played golf. He was also a member of the South Norwalk Boat Club.
Jim is survived by his son Kevin and his wife Jennifer of Lewisville, TX; daughter Mary Alice and her husband Dan Worthmann of Natick, MA. He is also survived by his two grandsons, Chris and Brian Hanford.
Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Interment will be private. The Hanford family wishes to thank Dr. Arthur Heliotis and Sr. Lucie and Sr. Frances and the staff of Notre Dame for the excellent care they provided to Jim.