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Gunnoud, Rev. James B.

February 26, 2014 by Ellen Jarus Hanley

CHESHIRE – Reverend James B. Gunnoud, 81, of Southington, formerly of Naugatuck, Conn., passed away peacefully on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Southington Care Center after an extended illness.

Father Gunnoud was born on November 4, 1932 in Waterbury, the son of the late Thomas and Hazel (Gallagher) Gunnoud. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Providence College, and Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1959 by the Most Reverend John F. Hackett. His first assignment as a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford was in St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon, followed by assignments at St. Mary’s of Meriden, Our Lady of Victory, West Haven, and then as Chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 1977, he was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Church in Waterbury as Pastor and remained there until 1987 when he went to St. Jude’s Church in Derby. His last and final assignment was at St. Bridget’s Church in Cheshire in 1990 until his retirement in 2006. While at St. Bridget’s, he was credited with re-opening the St. Bridget’s School and helping to guide it to the vibrant center of learning it has become.

Father Gunnoud was especially dedicated to the youth of his parishes. He will always be remembered for his unique sense of humor, his dedication to his vocation and his gregarious outgoing personality.

Among his survivors are his two sisters-in-law, Eloise Gunnoud of Southbury and Patricia Gunnoud of Watertown; and his nine nieces and nephews, Thomas, Robert, John, David, Martin, Pamela, James, Christopher and Timothy. Father will also be missed by his friend and colleague, Sr. Lucy Scata, CSJ, who worked with him for over 35 years. Father was predeceased by his sister Dorothy and brothers Thomas and John Gunnoud.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rev. Gunnoud will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget’s Church, 174 Main St., Cheshire. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Friends and relatives may visit with Father’s family on Saturday morning at St. Bridget’s Church from 10 till 10:45 a.m. or on Friday afternoon from 4 till 6 p.m. at Eastside Memorial, “A Casey Family Funeral Home & Tribute Center,” 1987 East Main St,. Waterbury. Memorial donations in Rev. Gunnoud’s memory may be made to St. Bridget School, 175 Main St., Cheshire CT 06410. Eastside Memorial, “A Casey Family Funeral Home & Tribute Center has been entrusted to assist the family with arrangements. For additional information or to leave an e-condolence for the family, kindly visit the funeral home website at: www.eastsidememorial.com.

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