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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

James K. Doyle, 64

James Kevin Doyle of Denver, Colo, a former Westport resident, died June 10 in Denver. He was 64.

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James Doyle: 1969 Staples grad. Contributed photo

He was born in Dallas, Texas in 1951 and moved to Westport when he was 3. He attended Greens Farms, Burr Farms, and Assumption Elementary Schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1969.

He attended Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., and Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York.

His true calling in life was being outside in nature and working up in the trees. He loved to climb and swing high above the ground with his fellow tree surgeons.

He worked for many years for New England Nurseries. He also played ball with some of the best in Westport: Billy Palladino, Craig Allen, Martin O’Grady, Marty Allen and many others.

In 1978, the West was calling him and he moved to Denver. He continued his work in trees, and eventually worked on the docks for NW Trucking Company. There were many East Coasters in Colorado and he continued playing ball with the Roo Brothers headed by Jim Roodhuyzen.

He was named after James Bradley, a U.S. Navy pilot who sacrificed his life for the safety of a crowd when his place caught fire during an air show. This selfless nature was also inherent in James. 

Those who knew him best described him as an all around great guy who could put a smile on anyone’s face.  He was a sweet man with a heart of gold and a unique presence.  Above all else, he was incredibly giving and cared for others more than himself.

He was preceded in death by his father Harry James Doyle. He is survived by his mother Shirley Doyle, Denver,  sisters Liz Boyd, also of Denver, and Barbara Marek, of Parker, Colo., two brothers, Sean of Westport, and Dennis of Livingston, Montana, nephews James Marek and wife Michelle, and Cliff Marek and wife Karen, Kevin and Ryan Boyd, and his niece Kathleen Boyd. He is also survived by his great nephews Ben and Sean Marek and great niece Anna Marek

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