James Pryor Lappin

James Pryor Lappin (Jim) a New Milford resident died February 22, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 78. He was born August 23, 1930 in Brooklyn NY to the late Patrick Lappin and Lena Pryor Lappin. Jim was a graduate of Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn NY and a member of the 1940’s track team which holds the record for the most victories in the Penn Relays and numerous City Championships. During his track career, Jim set numerous records and medaled in over 50 races. He earned a full track scholarship to Yale University, Manhattan College, Alfred University and St. John’s University. Jim graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Accounting in three years.

Jim married the love of his life, Dorothy Lappin, his wife of 55 years on November 14, 1954 in Our Lady of Good Council Church in Brooklyn NY. Jim was devoted to his faith, wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. Together Jim and Dorothy shared the transcending joy of love and fulfillment and basked in the love of family, taking tremendous pride in their fifteen cherished grandchildren. Mr. Lappin, a former IBM executive, retired after 40 years of service. Jim was successful on a professional and athletic level but his greatest achievement was always his family; the love of his family defined him. He shared his enthusiasm for life and passion for sports with his children and grandchildren. While his achievements are many, his gentle strength and kindness will serve as an inspiration for those whose lives he touched. By the grace of God he amazed his doctors with his patience and persistence in his fight against cancer. His dignity and courage commemorate the unequivocal power of faith, hope, love and determination.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sister, Mary Lappin Klein and her husband William of Staatsburg, NY, his brother Patrick Lappin of Northport, New York and his brother Eugene Lappin and his wife Annette Lappin of New Paltz, New York. Jim is also survived by his six children:  James Lappin of Rochester NY, John Lappin of Brookfield, CT, Maureen Mulvey of New Milford CT, Kathleen Cuccia of Brookfield, CT, Patricia Middlebrook of Ridgefield, CT and Elizabeth Lappin of Hoboken, NJ.  Respective spouses include Karen Lappin, Audrey Lappin, Timothy Mulvey, Frank Cuccia and Richard Middlebrook. Jim is predeceased by his brothers, Brian Lappin and Sean Lappin of the LaSalle Christian Brothers order and sister-in-law, Eleanor Lappin. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 11 AM in St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield. 
Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.
The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury on Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 2PM to 4PM and 7PM to 9PM

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all of the physicians, nurses, caregivers, family and friends who touched our lives during Jim’s courageous thirteen year crusade against cancer.


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