James Harold Parrott

East Poultney, Vermont – James Harold Parrott, 92, of Clark Hollow Road, East Poultney, Vermont, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.

James was born in Whitehall, New York, on Jan. 13, 1929, the son of Deretha Young Parrott and James Kingsbury Parrott.

He was one of the last remaining members of the class of 1946 at Whitehall High School. He married Anna S. Kovalosky of Poultney, Vermont, on Oct. 2, 1948. The wedding took place at St. Raphael’s Church in Poultney. Their Polish wedding reception was at the Kovalosky Dairy Farm. They had been married for more than 67 years when Anna passed away on May 8, 2016.

James’ great joy was his family, whom he loved and supported. He was the past president of the Whitehall Republican Club and served on the Whitehall Board of Education for many years.

In high school, James enjoyed playing football and track. After high school, he played semi-pro football for the Pachyderms, playing defensive tackle.

James’ career took many turns, from plant manager at GE Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, New York, to management and design at EB Metal Products, Whitehall, New York, to teaching electricity at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York. After retiring from teaching, James took on a career challenge. He was invited to go to Shanghai, China. Using his talents and life experiences, at age 78 he designed a plant that made vacuum pumps. After four years his goal was achieved.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and achieved his lifelong dream to hunt in Africa.

In addition to his parents, James is predeceased by sisters-in-law Reta Parrott, Katherine Matte and Teresa Hayes; their spouses Elmer Parrott, Bruno Matte and Ned Hayes; and a special niece Bonnie P. Davis

Survivors include his children Annette Parrott of Whitehall, Janet Astileanu of Glens Falls and James J. Parrott Jr. of East Poultney; his grandchildren Jymma Budz (Joe Budz) of Cairo, New York, and Jaimie James (Douglas Kimmell) of Glens Falls; sister-in-law Agnes Kovalosky of Poultney; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Thursday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jillson Funeral Home, 46 Williams St. in Whitehall. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted by Father Zackariah Chichester on Friday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, 48 Skene St. in Whitehall. A burial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Hope Church, 48 Skene St., Whitehall, NY 12887 or St Raphael’s Church, 21 E. Main St., Poultney, VT 0574.

Online condolences may be made at jillsonfuneralhome.com.