James Edward Kraut October 4, 1941 ~ January 24, 2020
James â€śJimâ€ť Edward Kraut of Calabash, NC, - formerly of Berlin, CT, - passed away suddenly on January 24, 2020. He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Judith â€śJudyâ€ť (Devokaitis) Kraut, and his son, Kenneth Kraut, of New Britain, CT. He also leaves behind, - his Brother Charles Kraut and his sister-in- law Diane, of Berlin, CT, â€“ his sister, Nan Doyle, of New Britain, CT, and - many nieces and nephews. Jim was a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in New Britain, CT and Saint Michaelâ€™s College in Winooski, VT.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Kathryn (Lynch) Kraut, and his brother-in-law, James Doyle. Jim retired from the Hartford Insurance Group where he spent 25 years as a corporate trainer. He was an active member in the community, and belonged to the Berlin Lions Club, - the Italian Political Club, and â€“ the Polish Political Club, where he served as a Permittee for many years. When he and Judy moved to Calabash, NC in 2010, Jim became active in the Calabash VFW Club (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and the local Elksâ€™ Lodge. Jim was a diehard NY Giants football fan, along with being a fan of NASCAR and the UConn (University of Connecticut) â€śHuskiesâ€ť womanâ€™s basketball team. Sporting his trademark â€śRetro-Style, White, Handlebar Moustache,â€ť everyone new Jim as a â€śGreat Guy,â€ť â€“ one who touched many lives, and â€“ one who happily went along with the many antics of his wife Judy.
A funeral liturgy will be held at Saint Brendanâ€™s Catholic Church in Shallotte, NC on February 10, 2020. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Berlin, CT in the spring.
Jimâ€™s great sense of humor, smile, and kindness, is a great legacy of the wonderful person he was. We will miss him more than words can say.
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