MONROE, Conn. - James Francis Nealon of Monroe died Sept. 29. He was 86.
Nealon was born May 20, 1927, in Peckville, Pa., to John and Lena Ganzemuller Nealon. He was a volunteer firefighter and a junior pilot. He cut short his high school years to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the 769th Army Air Forces Base Unit. Coming home to the States, he earned his GED and went to college under the GI Bill. He married in 1954 and moved to Fairfield where he raised the family. He began his career in business. He became a social worker, working in family court, and eventually, in the early 1970s, establishing a private family counseling practice.
Nealon is survived by his daughter, Sheila Glyn Nealon and partner Karen May of Suffern, N.Y.; son, David John Nealon (Tamara) of Suffield; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Tonia; and brothers, Donald and Jack.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Beacon Hill Free Evangelical Free Church, 371 Old Zoar Road, Monroe.