The Rev. Dr. James Bronwell passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He lived in Grafton, MA. He is survived by his wife, Laura E. Bronwell (nee Bredeson), his children; Robert L. Bronwell and his wife Rebekka Bronwell; Julianne D. Thompson and her husband David Thompson; Jennifer D. MacNeil and her husband Luke MacNeil; Marilyn E. Mellen; David S. Crawford and his wife Karen Crawford; and eleven grandchildren.
A graduate of Cornell University, Union Theological Seminary, and Andover Newton Theological School, Jim was a fascinating and multi-faceted man, wide-ranging in his passions and interests. Foremost, he was a Christian minister, ordained in 1970, serving churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts his entire career. He never imagined himself doing anything else, and he was uniquely suited to the role. Creative worship was his passion. He was also involved in community theater for more than 40 years, leading in a variety of roles, both dramatic and musical. He was a film maker and collector, he loved and played folk music most of his life, and his creative genius enabled him to meld all of these interests into an integrated whole.
A celebration of Jim’s life was held at the First Congregational Church of Sutton, 307 Boston Rd. in Sutton, MA, on Thursday, September 6th at 11:00am. Family and friends are asked to wear cool and colorful clothing. A lunch reception will be held at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mass General Movement Disorder Unit, Lewy Body Fund, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114, https://www.massgeneral.org/neurology/support/.
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