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James Curtis Robacker

May 6, 1962 ~ August 29, 2019 (age 57)


It is with sadness that the family of James Curtis Robacker (born May 6, 1962) announces his recent passing.

James was a talented and gifted flutist and vocalist who had a deep appreciation for classical music. He was an exceptional floral designer, described by a friend as someone with a flair for flowers. His floral arrangements were stunning and unique. He was always happy to offer his advice regarding gardening and cooking, and almost anything else! James was always right, even when he was wrong. An artist at heart, he described himself as a "student/artiste forever" and enjoyed visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum. He loved engaging in late night conversations and sharing memories with those who were close to him.

James found beauty in nature and wildlife, often commenting about the cute wild rabbits and adoring his relatives' pets. James watched the weather patterns and often communicated when a storm was coming or how magnificent the lightning appeared in the sky. He loved snow storms and blizzards! Those who knew "Jimmy" will always remember his sharp wit and hearty laugh. While he did love to be the center of attention, he also would take the time to stop and listen when someone he loved needed a friend, especially in recent years. He wrote and delivered a most poignant and heartfelt eulogy for his father. A friend of his recently shared that James had a tenderness about him. He did have a tender heart that only some could see and understand. His family takes solace in knowing that he has been reunited with his parents and other loved ones in heaven.

James is survived by his siblings (and their families): Anne, Frank, Paul, twin Jeanne, Jacqueline and Catherine; and is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.James' family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Rev. Shelly Stackhouse, Director of Music Bob Gilbert and the choir members of Center Church, First Church of Christ in Hartford, CT who embraced him and gave him a meaningful connection and purpose as a member of their choir and congregation.

Donations can be made to the James Curtis Robacker Scholarship, and mailed to Glastonbury Board of Education, Student Activities, P.O. Box 191, Glastonbury, CT 06033. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who exhibits talent as a classical musician and who also demonstrates financial need. Personal stories and memories you would like to share with the family can be emailed to

Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 22, 2019

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