James R. Deakin, 78, of Danbury, died June 13 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia (DeRosa).

Known affectionately as "Tiger Deakin," he was born in Danbury on Dec. 29, 1934, the son of James W. and Mary Irene (Hanish) Deakin. He attended St. Joseph School and graduated from Danbury High School.

He was a master carpenter with Carpenter's Union No. 210. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Danbury, where he was an altar server and usher. He also assisted his wife, Pat, in her community and church endeavors. He lived his life dedicated to his wife and family.

He was an avid New York Giants and Mets fan.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a son, James W., and his wife, Lisa Deakin, of New Milford; two daughters, Mary, and her husband, James LiVigni, of Mendon, Mass., and Kathleen, and her husband, Roger Dean, of Danbury; a sister, Karlene, and her husband, John Mullen, of New Preston; nine grandchildren, Lindsay, Ashley, Kathleen, Michael, Cory, Rachel, Zachary, Emma and Madison; and several nieces and nephews.

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Burial was at St. Peter Cemetery in Danbury, with military honors. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Parochial School, 370 Main St., Danbury CT 06810.