James D. Rancourt
January 27, 1952 – October 18, 2018
James David Rancourt, age 66, passed away on October 18th at Danbury Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center after battling pancreatic cancer for many years.
Jim was born in Bridgeport, CT on January 27th, 1952, to Irene Macey Rancourt and the late Kenneth N. Rancourt. During his childhood in Bridgeport and Monroe, CT, he was an accomplished musician, played several instruments, and won numerous awards throughout his early life. He graduated from Masuk High School in Monroe in1969 and was leader and president of the band, was involved in many activities including the tennis team, business manager of the yearbook, and worked on several school plays. After graduating he earned a degree in Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, from Western Connecticut University in Danbury. Jim later moved to Newtown, CT and lived there for twenty-five years. Jim had a diverse career in both public law enforcement, private security, private investigation, and was a nationally known domestic terrorism expert. While studying at Western Connecticut State University, he joined the Monroe Police Department and was appointed to Monroe’s first Youth Bureau and was later promoted to detective. As head of the Youth Bureau, he designed the security program for the Monroe Public School System and trained Security Officers. He founded the Connecticut Youth Officer Association, becoming its first president. After leaving the Monroe Police Department he continued to be involved with the Renee Freer unsolved murder case with fellow Monroe detectives. He was a certified instructor in several areas as well as an NRA instructor in five specialties.
Jim later became Senior Director of Security at United States Surgical Corporation in Norwalk for over two decades. As Senior Director, he graduated first in his class at Executive Security International in Grand Junction, Colorado and established a course record in combat shooting, graduated from Gunsight Academy in Paulden, Arizona and holds a record time in the practical pistol course, and trained at International Rescue and Tactical Consultants in South Hampton, LI. He designed U.S. Surgical’s Executive Protection Program and provided weapons and close combat training to his staff. Jim was considered a leading expert in animal rights terrorism in the United States and while working in Dell, Montana, Jim correctly profiled Ted Kaczynsky, The Unabomber, as an ecoterrorist before the FBI arrested him. He then began JDR Solutions, a private investigation firm in which he conducted detailed threat assessments, security and safety surveys leveraging security technologies to protect employees, reduce losses, audit processes and improve safety and security levels for corporations and the government.
He was involved in many aspects of national security including the development of the security detail for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, he introduced a new generation of bullet and IED fragment resistant technology to DARPA, TACOM, subsequently tested at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He was guest speaker at the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA on domestic terrorism many times, and designed crisis management software to simulate the nationally recognized Incident Command System (ICS) for Government DHS agencies, first responders and infrastructure corporations. He was also instrumental in finding the evidence to convict Richard Crafts with friend and coworker, Keith Mayo, on the Helle Craft Wood Chipper Murder Case in Newtown, CT.
Jim later moved to Phoenix, Arizona and was a Captain in the Maricopa County Arizona Sherriff’s Department and volunteered his time raising money for the families of fallen officers killed in the line of duty. He also worked as a fraud investigator for One AZ Credit Union up until retiring in 2015. He spent the better part of the last decade lovingly exploring Arizona. Sedona, Prescott, and the Mogollon Rim past Payson being some of his favorite locations to visit. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, golfing, watching football, especially the Patriots, elk hunting in Montana, combat shooting, enjoying single malt scotch and cigars with “the guys”, trips to Rocky Point, Mexico, and countless snowmobile trips to Island Pond, Vermont.
Spending time with his family was most important to Jim. He spent many days at his family’s cabins in Conway, New Hampshire, Conway Lake, Crystal Lake in Eaton, and rides through Mount Washington Valley on his BMW motorcycle.
Jim was predeceased by his father, Kenneth Rancourt. Survivors include his mother, Irene Rancourt, his daughter, Janelle Rancourt, his son, Jordan Rancourt (Madeline), his longtime partner, Sharon Seivert, and by his brothers and sister, Ken (Jane), Michael (Barbara), Janet (David); Paul, Norman (Heather), and as well as nieces and nephews, Jessica, Jan-Marie (Drew), Andrew, Rebecca, Lauren, and Madison.
- Jim was predeceased by his father, Kenneth Rancourt. Survivors include his mother, Irene Rancourt, his daughter, Janelle Rancourt, his son, Jordan Rancourt (Madeline), his longtime partner, Sharon Seivert, and by his brothers and sister, Ken (Jane), Michael (Barbara), Janet (David); Paul, Norman (Heather), and as well as nieces and nephews, Jessica, Jan-Marie (Drew), Andrew, Rebecca, Lauren, and Madison.
115 Main St Ste 1, Seymour, Connecticut 06483
Regional Hospice of Danbury
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- Visitation Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Words of Rememberance Saturday, October 27, 2018
James D. Rancourt
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October 31, 2018
All of us at Executive Security International would like to express our condolences. Mr. Duggan has very fond memories of James. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
The entire staff of ESI.
October 28, 2018
RIP, James D Rancourt, the one true friend who gave me the opportunity to join the premiere USSC Corp Security Team as one of the group’s leadership position. With his overall leadership, Jim was the best Boss one could ever asked, who’s truly dedicated to the team’s goal, tasks and its many successes. Jim and I, and with other team members traveled to all the corporations overseas location all over Europe, Puerto Rico, Montana, and many trips to Paris, USSC’s European offices and distribution center, among many places, to ensure that all the facilities and personnel were safe, well secured and well-staffed. He was loved by his team and peers alike. We snowmobiled together in the Northeast and in Quebec Canada. He was a trusted friend and confidant who appreciate the good work and dedication to the task ahead. Jim will be sorely missed!! We loved you Jim!! Rest in Peace my friend! One day we will be (working) together again!!
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October 25, 2018
Jim Rancourt was a quiet but talented and fun presence in the Class of 1969 at Masuk. Quite simply, he was once of the nicest people I ever met and I feel privileged to have known him. May memories such as those in his obituary, sustain all of the Rancourts in these difficult days.
October 24, 2018
I first met Jim in 1973 when I became a police officer. We used to go to his parents house for lunch where his mom would makes a sandwich. As our careers moved forward we saw less of each other until years later. We enjoyed each others company and shared many snowmobile adventures throughout the years before he became ill. To his family, I feel terrible for your loss. To his children, he loved you to pieces and was so very, very proud of both of you. I can never imagine how you are feeling, but I will miss him and think of him for the rest of my time on this earth.
Dale & Lynda Tow
October 23, 2018
We met and worked with Jim in Montana while we all worked with USSC. He became a close friend, mentor and member of our family. We have fun and exciting memories of our friendship with Jim and we will continue to laugh at the same stories we always did when ever we got together. We will love and miss our friend Jim (Howdy) until we see him once again!
October 21, 2018
My deepest condolence to the Rancourt family. I knew and worked for Jim for many years at US Surgical. He was a great man and we had many good years at USSC. Will always remember those trips to PR and snowmobiling.
He’ll be missed.