(July 31, 1924 – October 13, 2017)

James J. Jowdy, 93, of Danbury, husband to his most precious wife Jackie (Jacqueline Helmar), died peacefully at his home on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Born July 31, 1924 in Washington, NC, he was the first born of ten children of the late Nassib and Asma (Nimer) Jowdy. Affectionately known as “Jimmy”, he moved to Danbury with his parents as a young boy and attended Danbury Public schools. He proudly served his country in World War II as a naval radio airman in the Pacific Theatre.

He returned to Danbury and established a career as a businessman in fur trading during the end of the golden era of the Danbury hatting industry. His business ventures took him throughout the world, including an extended residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He remained very active in his successful entrepreneurial career until his passing.

A man of compassion, he took great joy in assisting those less privileged, regardless of race or ethnic origin. He was genuinely pleased by the successes and accomplishments of others.

A devoted Catholic, Jimmy was a daily Communicant and lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Maronite Church in Danbury. He was a fixture at the Lebanon-American Club, where he always welcomed all and all welcomed him.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by his children, Joyce Curran (Emil), James J. Jowdy, Jr. (Marie), John Jowdy, Jayne Bachyrycz (Donald), Janet Hudak (Robert) and Jeffrey Jowdy; eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his siblings Taffy Jowdy, Edward Jowdy, Margaret Essa, Evelyn Attick, Joan Asmar and Raymond Jowdy as well as dozens of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by siblings Alice, Gloria and Ted.

The family extends its appreciation to the Danbury Hospital Cardiac Care Center and its specialists, the Danbury Hospital ER Staff, Dr. Fredrick Kayal and Dr. David Copen for their compassionate care.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:30 am in St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 17 Granville Ave. Danbury.

Interment will follow in St. Peter Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 17 Granville Ave., Danbury on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jimmy’s memory may be made to St. Anthony’s Church or to the Lebanon American Club Scholarship Fund, 22 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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