James H. Montie
April 27, 1945 – May 12, 2018
James H. Montie, 73, passed away on Saturday, (May 12, 2018), in Norwichtown. Born April 27, 1945 in Norwich, he was the son of the late William G. (Bill) and Marie (Hoagland) Montie. Jim graduated from the Norwich Regional Technical School in 1963 and attended Thames Valley State Technical College. He worked for the Norwich Public Utilities for over 30 years, first as a lineman and later as shop electrician. During this time he made many close, loyal, and lasting friendships. He retired in 2004. Jim served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War with the 1st Infantry Division as a helicopter gunman. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Army Sharpshooter Badge. Jim was an avid sportsman and was one of the top baseball pitchers in the Norwich area. He was a mainstay on the Norwich Tech baseball and basketball teams and was awarded Tech’s Athlete of the Year trophy for the 1962-63 school year. He played guard on the undefeated 18-0 Tech basketball team in the 61-62 season. He was a starting pitcher for the Tech baseball team for 4 years. He also pitched for the American Legion Post No. 4 team in 1962-63 and later for the Silver Star AC and the Thamesville AC teams in the Norwich City League. He loved golf starting to play in his early teens and enjoyed playing golf with his friends for most of his life. Jim was inducted into the Norwich Sports Hall of fame in 1996. He is survived by his two brothers, William Montie and his wife Mary of Colorado Springs, CO, and Douglas Montie and his wife Barbara of Norwich, CT; his Godchild, nephew, & best friend, Dr. Dwayne D. Montie and his wife Sandra and their daughter Emma of Palm City, FL, and a niece, Melissa (Montie) and her husband Kevin Devolve and their sons, Noah and Benjamin of Colorado Springs, CO. Also, his friends Coral F., Eric L., Don C, Dee Dee C, YA (Paul) W, Al G, and all of his other close friends he treasured over the years. “Red Montana has left the building.” There are no calling hours and the funeral will be private
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June 15, 2018
We go back to the 60s. Fun times at the Lincoln Inn, Mabry's, the Blue Sands, Misquamicut. We were cruising down a street in Westerly one evening in his very recognizable 67 Camaro and people were waving & flashing lights at us. I said that I didn't know he had this many friends in Westerly. Turned out that we were going the wrong way on a one-way street! Good times, great fun. God speed, Jim.
Jim & Sandy Sinkowski
May 15, 2018
Recalling many years ago, I will never forget the 1962 Norwich Tech undefeated basketball season. Jim Monty, Andy Osga, Butch Turcotte, Jim Irons and myself were in the starting line up, along with Joe Conti, Roy Dubreuil, GG Godaire, Bill Lewerk & Joe Piersa . Norwich Tech, ranked # 3 in the State, we faced Bloomfield, in the State Finals, at the (old) UCONN field house. It was a struggle and Norwich Tech did not prevail but we came back to Norwich Tech with our heads held high with the tremendous season we had. As for baseball, I was always impressed with the "pick off" move Jim had to first base (our best pitcher), thanks to Mr. Caulfield. My thought's and prayers are for Jim, his brothers Bill and Doug and his family and many friends. May God welcome Jim into his Heavenly Kingdom. Peace & Love, Rollie Bourdon
May 15, 2018
Jim was the best of the best !! He was passionate about sports and followed my son through his high school football career ! I didn’t get the newspaper so jim would make sure he saved every article of him ! He will be greatly missed