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Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

James Michael DeNigris

January 10, 1947September 21, 2019
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James Michael DeNigris, 72, of East Hartford, passed away, September 21, 2019. He was born in Hartford, a son of the late Vincent J. and Mary V. (Fitzgerald) DeNigris. He was a System Analyst for the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s where he worked, but his passion was calling square dances. He was a Square Dance Caller for the CT Caller Lab Association for 45 years and was a member of St. Mary’s Church. His beloved wife of 42 years, Alice (Derrick) DeNigris predeceased him on June 7, 2010. He is survived by his loving daughters Stacie Rosedale of East Hartford, Tammy Fiske of Chicopee, MA and Kimberly Daigle of New Haven. His eleven treasured grandchildren- Krystle, Vyctorya, Cassie, Tyrone, Raymond, Benjamin, Veronica, Patrick & his wife Shayla, Jason, Eric, and Tessa. His four cherished great-grandchildren – Armani, Jaedyn, Colin and Cambria, and his brother Robert Shaw of Old Saybrook, CT. Funeral services are Friday September 27, 2019 at 1100AM at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, followed by burial in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Burnside Avenue, East Hartford. Visiting hours at the funeral home are Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 4PM-9PM, and prior to the service from 10AM-11AM.

  • FAMILY

  • Alice (Derrick) DeNigris, Wife (deceased)
  • Stacie Rosedale, Daughter
  • Tammy Fiske, Daughter
  • Kimberly Daigle, Daughter
  • Robert Shaw, Brother
  • James is also survived by his eleven treasured grandchildren- Krystle, Vyctorya, Cassie, Tyrone, Raymond, Benjamin, Veronica, Patrick & his wife Shayla, Jason, Eric, and Tessa. His four cherished great-grandchildren – Armani, Jaedyn, Colin and Cambria.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Life Well Celebrated Service Friday, September 27, 2019

Memories

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Thomas Vernon

October 2, 2019

As the Eight Mile River Band, we so much enjoyed working and playing with Jim and his cohorts & callers in the New England Square Dances over the years. His friendship was much treasured and appreciated while his enthusiasm and dedication to having our band play for those Square Dance events were always special. We and so many others will miss him dearly.

David & Barbara Schultz

September 30, 2019

Dear Family,
Barb & I joined the Farmington Valley Square Dance Club in 1991, with Jim as the club's teacher. We have danced to him MANY times since. He was always an upbeat friend and supportive of the "hobby". We were welcomed immediately and enjoyed his calling immensely. We have fond memories of Jim from those days and from the many New England Square & Round Dance Conventions since. He gave us a very well-founded understanding of Relay-the-Doucey! He will be missed greatly by dancers all over New England!

Kathy Sullivan

September 28, 2019

Jim was such a great person, always smiling and ready to give a hand. He contributed so much to the square dance community and was a pleasure to work with on convention committees. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Jim.

Cyndi Hall

September 26, 2019

Condolences to Jim's family from the Squire Town Squares in Winthrop, Maine.

FRANCES MOSELEY

September 26, 2019

Many happy memories dancing to Jim. He was always enthusiastic with his calls and made dancing interesting and fun. Have danced to him for over 25 years. Condolences to all his family and friends.

Frances, square dancer

Greg Fox

September 26, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the DeNigris Family.

Mr. DeNigris has been our Crossing Guard at O'Connell School for the past several years. He was the nicest man who always greeted staff, students, and parents each morning with a big wave or a big hello! He kept our students safe and started everyone's day off with such positive energy.

He will be greatly missed!
With sympathy,
Greg Fox
Principal- O'Connell School

Jim Wainwright

September 25, 2019

This is how I remember Jim.

Jim Wainwright

September 25, 2019

I've been on many committees with Jim & danced with him often. He was a great person & a excellent Caller . He will be missed.

Joan Friend

September 25, 2019

Many happy memories of dancing and camping with Jim over the years. Prayers to his family

Deanna Randall

September 25, 2019

To Jim's family and all his friends, our hearts go out to you!
We've danced to him many times. Excellent caller and teacher as well. He will be greatly missed!

Deanna & Al, square dancers

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