James Terril Brunton

April 28, 1940October 8, 2020

James Terril Brunton, age 80, of Bonita Springs, Florida passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

James, known to most as Jim, was born April 28, 1940 in Indianapolis to the late Terril and Mildred (Conyers) Brunton. He was a graduate of Richmond High School and attended Purdue University. He was a successful business owner, working in the same concrete foundation industry for over 40 years. James lived a happy life and was an avid tennis player for nearly all of his adult years, especially while living in Minnesota for 30 years. He spent much time on and off the court with his many close friends, including those with whom he attended 61 years of Indy 500 races. James had a vast knowledge of sports, music, and cars as well as current events and politics.

James is survived by his wife Susan Shields, daughter Brook (John) Tierney, and sister Karen "Cookie" (Michael) DeCourcy. We remain encouraged remembering his kindness to all, outgoing friendly nature, and optimistic attitude.

While remembering James, please consider making a donation to Hope Hospice, or your favorite organization in his honor. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Brunton family.


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Nancy Conyers Church

October 19, 2020

Jim was my cousin. He was a kind, loving and wonderful person. He will be missed by his many friends and family members. Our sympathy goes out to Sue, Brook and Cookie.
Joe & Nancy Conyers Church

Peter Throdahl

October 17, 2020

James (Jim, Jim-Bob, JB, Bruntone) has been one of my best friends for over 43 years. But as my kids have reminded me over the last few days, he was really a good friend to the whole family. And so it was that through life’s twists and turns, and vagaries, Jim’s friendship was always true, loyal, and steadfast. From family events to the tennis courts, to “Board Meetings”, to “Boy’s Weekend” we tackled life’s issues with mutual support and great humor. Along the way I learned about the Indy 500, Formula One, Vette’s & MG’s, and music in general, but the Blues in particular. What a ride it has been! We will all miss him. So with love and affection, we offer our condolences to Sue, Brook and Cookie.
Peter, Kathy, Brad, Bruce, and Kristin

Billy Coppinger

October 17, 2020

I’ll miss being with Jim both on and off the tennis court...Jim was a true friend who was always a comfort to me in my time of need!...

Barbara Flatley

October 16, 2020

I knew Jim from the time I was a young girl living in Richmond, Indiana. (I was just one of Cookie’s MANY friends.) Everyone liked the “Bruntons” - Mid, Terril, Jim, Cookie - all were as friendly, entertaining and accepting as one can imagine!
I was always so impressed with the relationship between Jim and Cookie. Cookie adored her “big brother,” and he reciprocated with a lifelong affection for his “little sister.” One could take lessons from a relationship like theirs!
Thankfully, his family has a host of wonderful memories to sustain them. Oh, how he will be missed! With loving thoughts and a knowing embrace - Barbara Flatley

Jeff Mercurio

October 16, 2020

Jim, a.k.a Jimmy T., was like another uncle to me. More than that he was a close friend. The friendship that he shared with my dad, David,a.k.a Bennie, was a really special memory that I look back on and smile. I only wish that I had a friend that close.
Memorial Day weekend, the Indy 500 will not have the same feel. I will miss Jim and I sharing a couple Mountain Dews during the race.
Jimmy always wanted to take time to see my wife Rachel and kids when we would go to Florida. He got me “hooked” on Formula One Racing. We could talk for hours about that. With deepest condolences to Sue, Brook, Cookie, Mike.
All the Mercurio’s will miss him.

Colleen Shields

October 15, 2020

Jim was the most enthusiastic person I've ever met, whether it be about tennis, the series of civil war books he read, his latest guys weekend in northern Minnesota, or the last great meal that Sue prepared for him. Always a zest for life that was energizing to be around. His sense of humor was legendary, and it was so much fun to watch Sue and Jim enjoy life to the fullest together. Lots of fond memories that will never fade.

Barbara Lucchesi

October 14, 2020

Jim was one of the really great men. Best friends with my husband, Ken . We have so many wonderful sweet memories of our times together. We shared our love for politics, music, cars and loved being in his company. We will miss him and the world has lost a gem.

My deepest condolences to Sue and Brook and family. Rest in Paradise❤️

Megan Martin

October 14, 2020

Jim was my favorite uncle. He always made everything to me seem so magical growing up. From making Christmas Eve’s so memorable to coming along to check out FGCU with me. I remember him saying, “You will know if a college is the right fit for you, it will just feel right”. I am not sure if those were his EXACT words, but they stuck with me.
Playing tennis on clay courts with him, always giving me new and improved tips were some of my favorites as well.
I was so sad when he moved to Florida full time but I knew it was best for him. Being able to be close to his daughter Brook (who I have always looked up to as well). And whenever I went to visit him, he made me me feel like a VIP guest in his home. Him and my aunt Sue making me the best virgin cocktails out there and letting me relax in their hot tub are memories that will stay with me forever!

Julie Winkler

October 12, 2020

Jim will be missed by many. He was an amazing father to Brook and we shared some fun times in Minnesota and Florida. Our prayers are with his family and know we’ll keep loving Brook for him.

Ned Larkin

October 12, 2020

Both Linda and I want to convey our deepest sympathy to you and family.
I have missed my conversations with Jim at the Pelican Marsh tennis courts. He was a very pleasant and positive person!
May God bless him.
Ned Larkin


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