James V. Govern, Stamford;
Owner Of Catskill Craftsmen
STAMFORD – James V. Govern, Sr., proprietor of Catskill Craftmen Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of RTA (ready to assemble) hardwood kitchen islands, carts and work centers, died peacefully on Feb. 23, 2017, with his loving daughter and son-in-law, by his side.
He was born in Stamford on Sept. 17, 1924 to Eugene and Josephine Govern.
He lived in Stamford all his life. He graduated from Stamford Central School and served in the Navy.
His lifetime employment was at Catskill Craftsmen Inc., which was a family owned business founded by his father Eugene Govern Sr.
Jim was a member of the Stamford Fire Department for many years. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He was also a member of the Stamford Golf Club for many years and enjoyed the annual Invitational Golf Tournament with his golf buddies Richard Reed of Hobart and Charles (Sparrow) Sitts of Stamford. He was a contributor to the creation of the Scotch Valley Ski Area.
He was predeceased by his son, James Jr., and nephew, Eugene; his brothers, Thomas and Eugene, and sister Margaret.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Michele, son-in-law Jason Terrence, and granddaughter, Emily Meister. Also, nieces Joyce (Schuyler) Pindar, Jane Govern, Jolene (Max) Young, Kim Watson; nephew Tim Keller, and his cousin Len Govern.
At funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Michael Cambi as celebrant. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Stamford Fire Department.
Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share a condolence with Jim’s family.