SOUTHINGTON – Father James B. Gunnoud, 81, formerly of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2014, at the Southington Care Center after an extended illness.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1932, in Waterbury, a son of the late Thomas and Hazel (Gallagher) Gunnoud. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Providence College and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1959, by Auxiliary Bishop John F. Hackett.
His first assignment as a priest was at St. Bernard Parish in Sharon, followed by St. Mary in Meriden and Our Lady of Victory in West Haven and then he was a chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 1977, he was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Waterbury as pastor and remained there until 1987, when he went to St. Jude Parish in Derby.
He went to St. Bridget Parish in Cheshire in 1990 and remained there until his retirement in 2006. While at St. Bridget, he was credited with reopening St. Bridget School. Father Gunnoud was known for being especially dedicated to the youth of his parishes.
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Eloise Gunnoud of Southbury and Patricia Gunnoud of Watertown, and nine nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Dorothy and brothers Thomas and John Gunnoud.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on March 1 at St. Bridget Church. Burial in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck followed.
Donations in Father Gunnoud’s memory may be made to St. Bridget School, 175 Main St., Cheshire, CT 0641