James Michael Fromme, 58, of Hebron, CT passed away December 25, 2018. He was born November 11, 1960 to parents Thomas and Mary and grew up in Clinton, CT. He met his wife Pam in Grand Junction, CO before moving back to CT and getting married. They lived in Burlington, Andover and finally in Hebron where they raised their 4 children and were active in the community. He battled cancer for many years with amazing strength and dignity.
Jim graduated from college and over the course of his career earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s of Science in Remedial Reading, both from CCSU and earned his 6th year in Educational Leadership. He was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Manchester High School and was the director of the Bentley Academy. He was also a reading consultant, teacher and mentor to new teachers. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Alternative Route to Certification program for the state of CT and taught in the East Hartford School district at the beginning of his career.
Jim played soccer all his life. His father was a soccer coach and PE teacher at the Morgan School in Clinton. While soccer was his love and passion, he also played other sports throughout his younger years including basketball and baseball. Jim began his coaching career at Lewis S. Mills coaching high school boy’s baseball. He proceeded to coach soccer at Plainville HS, East Hartford HS, RHAM HS and Manchester HS. He often mentioned he had the pleasure of coaching all three of his boys during his tenure at RHAM. Jim also coached his 4 children in Hebron youth soccer, baseball and basketball, Andover youth soccer and Rhino-United indoor soccer at Oakwood, as well as various youth and HS summer leagues. He was a member of the board of Hebron Youth Soccer and was instrumental in getting Andover Youth Soccer established.
When not coaching you could have found him fishing for large mouth bass, debating the finer points of not putting spices on food, making lists of errands to do, spending time with his family, or out in the woods on a walk with his dog. He was a staunch Republican, camper, and swimmer. He loved kayaking, the beach and UCONN soccer. He was very proud of his Hole-in-One at Blackledge Country Club! He was a devoted father who loved his children more than anything. He was a good man, and spread that goodness into everyone around him. He will be sorely missed.
Jim was predeceased by his father Thomas Fromme. He is survived by his mother, Mary Fromme; his wife Pam; his children, Jerod and his wife Kristen, Kyle, Abby, and Brandon; siblings, Geoff and his wife Candi, Christine Fahey and her husband Kevin, Ellen Kehoe and her husband John, Joe and his wife Cindy, Mary Bodenseik and her husband Paul. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., RHAM High School, 85 Wall St., Hebron, CT. Donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute: Head and Neck Floor, 450 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA, 02215. To sign the online memorial guestbook, please visit www.manchesterfh.com
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