James J. Mills

February 1, 1932December 25, 2018

James J. Mills, 86, of Hobe Sound, FL, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at Liberty Commons Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Chatham, MA. He was the husband of the late Jessica J. (Kraft) Mills for 36 years, who died in 1991. Born in Glen Cove, NY, to James B. and Isabella R. (Johnston) Mills, James grew up in the Oyster Bay area of New York, later residing in Port Jefferson Station, New York. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. James received an Associate’s Degree from Farmingdale University in New York; followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tri-State University in Indiana. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for Eaton Industries until his retirement in 1990. James raised and trained Brittany Spaniels; was an avid sportsman which included fishing, hunting and golfing. He also enjoyed traveling and visiting with family. James is survived by his partner of 15 years, Joan Williams of Hobe Sound, FL; daughter, Katherine Eggleston & her husband, Bruce, of Harwich, MA; son, Wayne Mills & his husband, Keith Mandel of Auckland, New Zealand; sister, Judy Schneider & her husband, Joe, of Ridgefield, CT; grandchildren, Kaileen Russell & her husband, Michael, and Andrew Eggleston. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. A service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11AM with a visitation prior at 10AM the chapel in St. John’s Memorial Cemetery, Laurel Hollow, NY. Interment will immediately follow in the Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001 or Broadreach Hospice & Palliative Care, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham, MA 02650. For online condolences, please visit


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Carol Lankowsky

January 3, 2019

So many years and memories with you and your father.
One of my favorite memories is when you, Bruce, Z & I took the ferry from New London to your parents house in Long Island for a wonderful day.
May you and your family know how blessed your father was to have you , Wayne and your entire family surrounding him with their unconditional love.
May God rest his soul. We are so sorry for your loss.
Love, Zenon & Carol