James McQueen

October 10, 1942March 21, 2021

James Robert McQueen, of Niantic and formerly of Old Saybrook CT passed away on March 21, 2021.

He was born on October 10, 1942, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Robert and Opal McQueen.

Jim Graduated from Burlington Iowa HS in 1960, continued his education in Engineering with a Master’s degree from Uconn. Jim built his career with the Connecticut Water Company and Retired in 2004 as the Vice President after 39 years of service. Jim was a member of the National Guard as a medic. Jim loved to travel with his loving wife. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed an occasional poker game with friends. Jim spent his retirement years Cooking, spending time outdoors feeding the birds and hunting for treasures with his great grandson in the snapper nest. Jim loved his family and made every moment count to the fullest. He was always “Up to it or down to it” with his many good friends that adorned his life. He coined the Phrase “Trust me!” whenever he was planning his next adventure with his bride. One of his biggest accomplishments was being a father and grandfather. He always was there for them and taught them to enjoy every moment life has to offer.

James is survived by his wife Linda; children Robert McQueen and his wife Angela of Ocoee, Florida and Shelly Peace and her husband Timothy of Old Saybrook, and; sister Janice Leinbach of Iowa; grandchildren Nicholas (Victoria) and Taylor McQueen and Branden and Megan Peace; and great grandson Gideon James McQueen. He was predeceased by his sister Joann Mellinger.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.


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David Sieben

March 29, 2021

We have known Jim for the last sixteen years. He was both my golf partner and patient golf coach, as well as good friend and neighbor. Jim was the kind of person you would want for a next door neighbor- helpful, considerate, and fun to be with. I sincerely enjoyed our drinks together on his deck in the last few months, as Jim was typically uncomplaining, and always had an upbeat, positive attitude.
He will be sorely missed by us and all those who who knew him,
Rest in Peace Jim
Love Dave & Ann Sieben

Maureen Westbrook

March 28, 2021

I had the pleasure to work with Jim during his career at Connecticut Water. He was a great leader, mentor and friend. He was smart as could be and ready with a plan for whatever came up. We are still seeing the benefits of decisions he made and projects he did 30 years ago.

More important, he was highly respected and a man of integrity who could be trusted to do the right thing. He knew that family, vacations and life outside of work was important and he led by example in making that a priority. He would readily share stories and a good laugh to keep things in perspective. He made a difference for so many people and I was so fortunate to know and work with him - as my boss and my friend.

Maureen Westbrook

Robert Staehle

March 24, 2021

When I was around Jim golfing, dinners in Spinnaker or enjoying everything in Florida , Jim was the best! When he came to Florida every season our lives were full of great times as he and I enjoy our drinks on someone’s lanai!
Rest In Peace my friend you will be forever missed and loved!
Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to our dearest Friend Linda and the family!

McQueen/Peace Family

March 24, 2021

Friends and Family
Dad was loved by so many people and we thank everyone for the kind words and loving thoughts.
We would love for you to share any photos with us of Jim through out the many years of his life. No matter how simple or silly they may appear. They would be cherished by all because that was how he should be remembered.

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Gideon McQueen

March 23, 2021

Hope you like the sticker I gave to you and thank you for all the adventures looking for x marks the spot outside.
I’ll keep my Grandpa out of trouble for you.
Love you and miss you