Booth, Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry Booth, 96, of Farmington, CT passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 25, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Gwyneth Edwards Booth.

Born in Hartford, CT on September 22nd, 1923, he grew up in West Hartford and was a graduate of Hall High in 1941. Joe joined the army in 1943, serving in the 97th infantry division as a radio operator in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. He earned a victory medal, a good conduct medal, and three campaign ribbons for his service in three separate Theatres of Operation. Upon his return, he worked as a draftsman and estimator for City Iron and continued on with a long career at Shepard Steel until his retirement at age 65, when he pursued recreation as a full-time job.

This life of recreation was filled with frequent weekend trips to their vacation home in Vermont with Gwyneth to spend time with dear friends. Surprisingly, their house in Connecticut is still standing.

He was known as a legendary athlete, starting in high school when he broke the record for the 880-yard sprint. He enthusiastically spread his love of athletics to his friends, family, church members, and community members by acting as the self-appointed social coordinator, always organizing golf, tennis and volleyball leagues among others.

More than his love for athletics, Joe was best known as the most loving, humble, generous, and thoughtful gentleman whose kindness made an impression on everyone who crossed his path. He was not only a wonderful father, husband, and friend; he was an inspiration to anyone who knew him. Joe was a valuable member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon, considered “The Mayor” by many, and served as a key figure in the design and building of the new location. He served on numerous committees, mentored many of the children, and as you can imagine, took the lead in starting a number of athletic leagues for the members.

He is survived by his children, Robert and Diane Booth of Burlington, Marsha Kennedy of Burlington, Brenda and Mark Vigneault of Southington, and Tom and Nancy Booth of Wilmington, NC. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren who loved him dearly. His family would like to take this opportunity to thank his many dedicated and loving caregivers and the hospice organization.

There will be a celebration of Joe’s life on Saturday, February 1st, at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial United Methodist Church located at 867 West Avon Road, Avon. In lieu of flowers, please carry on Joe’s legacy by performing a random act of kindness in his memory. Donations may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00am at Memorial United Methodist Church ~ Avon


Memorial Contribution

Memorial United Methodist Church ~ 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001

4 Responses to 'Booth, Joseph Henry'

  1. Steven Inglese says:

    Joe was one remarkable soul. Our condolences to the Booth family. My parents cherished their friendship with Joe and Gwyn and their time together in VT. I spent many days with your dad as a kid on the tennis court or at the many gatherings our family had together and I’ve never to this day come across a person so at ease with life than Joe. He knew his calling and i’m grateful for having known him.

  2. Steven Morris says:

    Reminds me of my dad. Was a wonderful man. Always a joy to talk to.

  3. Bob Jahn says:

    I am sorry to learn of the passing of your father, the obituary revealed a remarkable man. A friend once told me that heaven resides in the memories of the heart. Your dad now resides in many heavens as cherished memories in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him as a father, husband, grandfather and friend among others. Thank you for his service to the USA in WW II. God bless!

  4. Sarah Dillon says:

    I am a friend of Joe’s we took a computer class together and lived in the same neighborhood. Joe was a very humble man. He would always on Halloween give my kids an extra candy bar for mom he would say. My deepest condolences to his family. I lost my father almost a year ago I understand what you are going through with someone that you love so much.

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