James Niedbala, 78, longtime resident of Plainville, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. James was born on December 17, 1942, in New Britain, to the late Stanley and Anna (Urbanik) Niedbala. He was a graduate of New Britain High School, Class of 1960. James also attended the University of Hartford, graduating with a Bachelor's degree. James was employed as a Sales Engineer with Emerson Swan, Inc. for many years until his retirement. He had many friends, leaving his breakfast crew-the regulars at Your Store in New Britain. James was also a member of Indian Hill Country Club, where he befriended many golfers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jerome Church on Thursday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m., followed by committal prayers at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain has care of the arrangements. To share a memory of James, please visit www.duksa.net .