James P. Larkin
James P. Larkin of Glastonbury, 83, passed away at CT Hospice in Branford on 12 April 2017. He is survived by his children - Beth Ceverha of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Claire Holcomb of Temecula, CA, Peter Larkin of Branford, CT and his six grandchildren - Tyler, Kyle, Luke, Madeline, Quinn and Kendall. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Margaret (Sister Austin Marie) Larkin, his brother John Larkin and his wife Virginia (Peatie). Jim was born in Brooklyn, NY on 14 August 1933 to his parents, the late Beatrice (Huvane) and John Larkin who were immigrants from Ireland. He attended parochial schools in Brooklyn before earning a mathematics degree from Fordham University. He became a successful actuary and had a distinguished business career, first at Metropolitan Life in NYC and later an executive at Security Mutual (Binghamton, NY), Aetna and Connecticut Mutual. In 1987 he met Ginny Peatie who became the love of his life and their marriage was the happiest days of their lives. Ginny's large, close-knit family accepted him as their own and enriched his life for over 25 years. Jim loved classical music and opera, read constantly, fine food and wine, chess, bridge, daily crossword puzzles, history, the NY Times, the Kennedys, history and PBS. He played the piano beautifully and could dazzle a room. He and Ginny traveled extensively to Scotland, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, Bermuda, Hilton Head, Mexico, Cape Cod, California and many other states. He taught himself to cook after 40 and became a true gourmet. He was a man who, in his retirement, decided to read the Complete Works of Shakespeare and he wrote two novels. Jim was intellectual, often quiet, a life long Democrat, gentle in nature, cerebral and a true creature of habit. He was affectionately known as "Grandpa Chocolate" and possessed a legendary appetite and sweet tooth. The family would like to thank his doctors and caretakers for the skilled, compassionate care given at Branford Hospice and The Hearth in Glastonbury. He will be deeply missed. The family will host a luncheon to celebrate Jim's life on Friday 21 April at 3 p.m. at Lucky Lou's, 222 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.
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