portrait picture for James E. Hanford

Visitation:

Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk .

Services:

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.

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.

  1. We all will miss (my Jimmy)as I call him.He was a lover of music and love to dance. I would held his hands while he is sitting in his chair and dance with him.You could see the smiles on his face

    August 26, 2017
    Kethrine Hinds -
  • We remember Jim as our great dock master at the Cove for so menny years and his fun years at Ascension! We also miss seeing him walking his dog around East Norwalk! He has earned the right to be with God in a better place!,

    August 27, 2017
    Mary Jane and Bill Gardella -
  • When we were in high school, I used to walk over to the house on Winfield street and got a ride in Jimmy,s old blue Ford. one time Jimmy and I and another friend were at the Ice rink in Norwalk and were leaning against the fench watching the other skaters go by and Jimmine got antsy and declared that he could just not stand sitting down. I don’t know anybody who could stand and sit at the same time, but if there was a way Jim would find it. I waspoleased to see that he had had a good life with Grace, his son and daugther and their spouses and the grandsons. I hadn’t seem him for over sixty ears. My wishes are with the family
    Ted Coleman, Ash Fork, Arizona.

    August 28, 2017
    Ted Coleman -
  • Grace- Very sorry for your loss.

    August 28, 2017
    Dave Amerling -
  • Grace ,
    I’m sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Take comfort in knowing that Jim has eternal life, out of pain and suffering and you will be together again.
    Hold on to your happy memories , you did all you could do to help and comfort Jim.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Love, Ginny Toms

    September 1, 2017
    Virginia ( Ginny ) Spadaccini Toms -
  • Grace, Kevin and Mary Alice,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was an older cousin who energized the family gatherings of my 1950’s childhood. I am so grateful to have shared a family day with him in 2010. I treasure this more recent memory if Jim.

    September 4, 2017
    Mary Ellen (Hanford) Kelleher -
  • Grace, Kevin and Mary Alice,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was an older cousin who energized the family gatherings of my 1950’s childhood. I am so grateful to have shared a family day with him in 2010. I treasure this more recent memory of Jim.

    September 4, 2017
    Mary Ellen (Hanford) Kelleher -
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