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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
James Schrijn

James Schrijn

November 10, 2019
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James Udo Schrijn, 59, of Canton, beloved husband of Theresa (Keane) Schrijn, died Sunday, November 10, 2019 at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. He was born October 24, 1960, son of Josepha (Pel) Schrijn of West Hartford and the late Jean Schrijn and had lived in West Hartford prior to moving to Canton 24 years ago. Jim was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served from 1979-1983. Mr. Schrijn was a driver for Ensign-Bickford in Simsbury and previously had worked for the Hartford Courant/Tribute Company for 20 years, also as a driver. He enjoyed hiking and fishing and was a fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

In addition to his loving wife of 24 years and his mother, he is survived by his siblings, Jean Robert Schrijn of Farmington, Jolanda Carla Sribanpot and husband Art of Eastham MA, Jeffery Schrijn and wife Holly of Bristol, John Schrijn and wife Evelyn of Belchertown, MA; his niece, Jennifer Thraen and husband Tomas; his nephews, Jason Sribanpot and wife Heather and Josh Sribanpot; and his great niece and great nephews, Sahra, J.J., Max, Charlie and Gabe.

His family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton on Thursday, November 14th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 15th at St. Patrick’s Church, 50 Church Street in Collinsville. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery in Collinsville. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr, Wallingford, CT 06492. Please visit Jimmy’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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  • Visitation

    November 14, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    November 14, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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  • Service

    November 15, 2019 | 11:00am
    November 15, 2019 11:00am
    St. Patrick's Church
    50 Church Street
    Collinsville, CT 06019
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    Fr. Collins I. Anaeche
  • Interment

    Village Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    Collinsville, CT 06022
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Cynthia Keane

Posted at 10:36pm
I think I only knew one side of Jim. The side he saved for our family. Terry was the connector. She brought Jim to us and helped him become part of our family, even though sometimes he liked to keep his distance. So thank you Tess for bringing him into our lives. My memories include his broad smile, it was always there. The stories he told, the comments he made were always followed by a chuckle and that smite. It seems he found humor in everything.

I remember golfing with Jim at the old Canton golf course with his easy stride and plenty of pointers about my swing. Mostly, I remember the hikes with Terry and Jim. He really loved the outdoors. I know they spent a lot of time hiking together, and I’m just glad I was able to join them a few times.

Everytime our family got together it was a mystery whether or not Jim would join us. We’d see Terry pull up and we’d say, “Is Jim coming today?” She’d say, “I don’t know. Maybe.” And sure enough, right before dinnertime he’d stroll in, after a 5 mile walk, just to join us for dinner. A giant dinner, I might add.

I remember the rainiest wedding there ever was. We all looked like drowned rats. But Terry and Jim were both glowing and remarkable dry and smiling the whole day. Even though a hurricane came through it wouldn’t stop those two from getting married.

I want to thank you Jim, my brother, for giving Tess a good life. Standing by her and supporting her. We all love you and your spirit will be with us always .

Neil Parlos

Posted at 08:40pm
I won't make the evening gathering but do plan to come to the service. I'm thankful to EBAD because they're offering to provide and compensate time off for it. To me the service is important because I can find peace with God and thank Him that I've had a really great friendship with Jim.
For all of my 11 years with EBAD I 'literally' saw Jim daily because our departments were right next to each other. Sometimes we'd engage in harmless fun. For instance we'd spot each other walking toward one another from a distance and we both would suddenly go into a 'Cowboy like' stance and try to out draw each other with imaginary pistols, then just carry on doing our jobs minding our own business. Also it was common for Jim to just yell out my last name (dropping the 'S') from extremely long distances away and I'd make a loud bird call or something back.
Sometimes Jim could be brutally honest about things too. You weren't always sure he was serious though. He would turn on a dime. He'd 'rag' on me about something to tick me off and then we'd just kinda laugh it off and walk away.
We were making plans to go fishing again soon. I'm sorry that won't happen.
Everyone at work knew Jim and a lot of people really liked him. His job title at work afforded him opportunities to be very helpful. I really believe he enjoyed it too. Being helpful. He will be sorely missed.
God bless and comfort you Theresa.
James, I'll bee seeing you brother.

Harry Densmore

Posted at 02:50pm
To the Family and Friends of James Schrijn,
I work at the Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company and associated with James on a semi-regular basis. Over the many years, I have never been greeted by James without his great smile and pleasant countenance. I will miss him very much. Associating with the Shipping and Receiving Department is never going to be the same again. Rest in Peace, James.
Harry Densmore

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