OXFORD — James Lyons, 84, formerly of Ansonia, peacefully entered into rest on Saturday, May 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to the late Janice Lyons, the first girl he ever dated. She was everything to him, his “Joy of Life,” an inspiration every day and his reason for being loving, kind and always the optimist.
Jim was born November 20, 1935, in Ansonia, the son of the late James and Margaret (Carey) Lyons. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of 1st lieutenant.
Jim earned a degree in law from UConn and dedicated his entire career to practicing law in Ansonia. Jim and Janice raised their family in Oxford, a town they both loved so much. He was very active in town politics, and recently noted that a highlight of his political career was helping to elect Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers as first selectman.
He was the attorney for Oxford’s Planning and Zoning Committee for many years and he took pride watching Oxford develop into the “big little town” it has become.
His love of life showed up in his adventurous side which most recently proved itself when he went skydiving with his grandchildren at age 82. He also became an avid hockey fan and was always present for his grandson Joseph’s hockey games for Sheehan High School. He was an avid reader, loved classical music and was happiest spending time with his family.
For those who knew Jim, it was his optimism, kindness and faith in a better tomorrow that they remember. A family member or friend would always leave a conversation with Jim feeling a little bit better.
Jim is survived by his children, Christopher Lyons of Wallingford, Peter Lyons (Stephanie) of Brewster, N.Y., and Cara Richo (Mark) of Wallingford; and his grandchildren, Joshua, Justin, Emily, Carey, Maggie, Robert and Joseph.
Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by Jenkins-King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia.
Instead of saying goodbye to friends and family, Jim would always end a conversation with the words “Be good.” In that spirit and in lieu of contributions, please consider a random act of kindness in honor of Jim.