James “Jim” Mundy died Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Mercy Hospital. Remembering him with love are his wife Sandee, his son Jay and Jay’s three children, daughters Vicki and Charlotte, his sister Nancy, and Sandee’s children Rob and Nicole.
Born in 1942 in Lynchburg, Virginia, he was the son of James and Margaret Mundy. The family lived in Roanoke for many years, where Jim graduated from Jefferson High School in 1960. He then studied distributive education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, graduating in 1964, and achieved a Master of Education from the University of Virginia in 1971. He went on to teach at Jefferson High until the mid-1970s, leaving to pursue a Doctorate of Education at UVA, a distinction he earned in 1980.
Jim moved to the Pittsfield, Massachusetts area in the early 1980’s to serve as the Dean of Continuing Education at Berkshire Community College. He taught at and later served as director at Westfield Detention before going on to be an administrator and leader in the West Springfield school district. His final educational position was to teach as an adjunct faculty member for adult education and leadership classes at Cambridge College and Springfield College. Jim served as a public notary and Justice of the Peace.
Jim and Sandee were married in 2001 and lived in Springfield. Jim was a talented craftsman and handyman, making beautiful cabinetry and doing his own home renovations. He played the bass drum in the Highty-Tighties in the cadet corps at Virginia Tech and for the Berkshire Highlanders in Pittsfield. Jim loved gadgetry and gimcrackery, jokes and jingles, songs and stories. Children, puppies, and young things of all kinds were his special delight, and he dedicated time and energy to raising funds for philanthropies to support children’s well-being.
His true passion was teaching, and he is regarded with fondness and respect by many students in the region. James passed this love on to his children, who consider service to others and mentorship of younger colleagues to be a great privilege.
End of life arrangements have been entrusted to Avalon Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services, LLC 691 College Highway, Southwick, MA To express condolences, share memories, or photos please visit James's memorial page at www.avaloncelebrations.com