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James W. Darling

West Lebanon, N.H. — James W. Darling, 63, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

He was born May 11, 1950, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., a son of the late Stephen and Catherine (Wilkinson) Darling. After moving to Reading, Vt., at a young age, Jim attended the Reading Village School and later graduated from Springfield High School in 1968. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Vermont in 1972 and earned a Master’s in Education from the College of St. Joseph the Provider in Rutland in 1977.

Jim’s love of children made teaching a natural for him. After college he began teaching reading at the Mascoma Valley School District where he stayed for thirty years. He taught elementary reading for twenty-five years and before retiring taught in the middle school and later the high school.

He was married to Catherine Carman in March of 1975 in Branford, Conn., and they spent 38 wonderful years together raising their family. Together they hosted Fresh Air children from New York City for several years and spent eight years as the chairs of the local friendly town.

Jim was an avid New England sports fan, enjoyed woodworking, travel and reading but most of all loved anything to do with children, especially his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy of West Lebanon; three daughters Elizabeth “Beth” Darling of West Lebanon, Jennifer Stasinos her husband Jason and son David of Easthampton, Mass., and Mary Catherine ”Katie” Haviland her husband Scott and their son Jack of Pittsfield, Mass.; a son Thomas his wife Crystal and their son Lucas of Grantham, N.H.; a sister Rosaline Farmer and her husband John of Blue Ridge Summitt, Pa.; two brothers Jeffrey Darling and his wife Jenny of Lebanon, and Roger Darling and his wife Michelle of Marlboro, Mass., and several nieces and nephews including: Martin, Andrew, Elizabeth and Abigail Farmer; Kristin Russell; Sara, Paul and Scott Carman; William and Steven Sredzinski; Emma Douglas; and Stephen and Morgan Darling.

A private family service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Reading is Fundamental, Attn: Donations Processing, PO Box 33728, Washington, DC 20033 or at www.rif.org.