James A. Thurston, 71


Worked for a time as a driver at Honey Garden Dairy in Lebanon before beginning his career with New England Power as an operator at the Wilder Dam.

White River Jct., VT – James A. Thurston, 71, died Sunday April 2, 2017 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

 He was born September 3, 1945 in White River Jct. a son of Roderick and Bernice (Campbell) Thurston.  Jim grew up in West Lebanon, NH where he attended West Lebanon High School before serving in the US Army Reserve. He worked for a time as a driver at Honey Garden Dairy in Lebanon before beginning his career with New England Power as an operator at the Wilder Dam.  He also operated JT Locksmith while working at the dam.

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 Jim was married to Joyce Nalette in 1967 and they made their home and raised a family in Wilder.  After their divorce, he moved to Tucson, AZ, was remarried to Deborah Verenna and later divorced before returning to the Upper Valley to be nearer to his grandchildren.  He has lived in White River Jct. for most of the past 20 years.

 Mr. Thurston was a past member of the White River American Legion, the Hartford Elks and in his younger years was a member of several bowling leagues.

 Jim is survived by his daughter Lynn Martin (Stephen) of Wilder and their children Jocelyn, Blaise and Skye; a son Christopher Thurston of East Thetford, VT; his ex-wife Joyce Thurston of Wilder; a sister Patricia Rondeau of Plainfield, NH and many nieces and nephews.

 He was predeceased by a brother John Thurston and three sisters Charlene Rafus-Eldred, Joyce Braley and Betty Johnson.

 A graveside service will be held in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in White River Jct. later in the spring.

 Condolences to Jim’s family can be made in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

 Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 110 Main St #203, Burlington, VT 05401.

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