James Byard Massengill, 78, surgeon and Colonial Williamsburg volunteer

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Doctor James Byard “Jim” Massengill, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Jim was born Feb. 19, 1938, the son of Helmine (Endres) and Dr. Fulton Massengill, in Orange, N.J.

In high school, he attended Newark Academy and graduated from the Hotchkiss School. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from St. Louis University.

Following his internship at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., Jim spent two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in Albany, Ga. Next came a residency in orthopedic surgery at Strong Memorial in Rochester, N.Y. He then trained in hand surgery in New York City. His practice was North Jersey Hand Surgery, with offices in Denville, Madison and Springfield, N.J. He served as president of the Morris County Medical Society from 1985 to 1988. He was also a member of the Army/Navy Club in Washington, D.C., Ford’s Colony Country Club and PI Delta Epsilon, Cornell.

Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed working with his hands, both in his profession and in his personal life. In addition to building many beautiful model airplanes, he was also a pilot and the builder of a Glasair III, an experimental aircraft. Jim attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, and became an accomplished furniture craftsman. He was also a master gardener and volunteer gardener for Colonial Williamsburg.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ned (Helen Lind); and son Ned.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; children, Susan (Charlie), Sarah (Marc), Addrienne (Christian) and Samantha (Brian); stepdaughter, Katie; stepson, Jamie; grandchildren, Erin, Corinne, Madison, Oliver and Brian; and great-grandchildren Annabella and Chase.

He also leaves behind his beloved Winchester “Winnie” Massengill, a beautiful Labradoodle.

Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, Conn. 06039, www.hotchkiss.org.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsencares.com.