James D. Negri, 79, of Danbury, died peacefully Dec. 8, 2011, at his home. He was the husband of 59 years to Florence (LaJoie) Negri.

Mr. Negri was born May 11, 1932, in Danbury, the son of the late James and Lauretta (Montgomery) Negri.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and was stationed in Japan as a Morse code specialist.

He married the love of his life in December 1952.

After the war, Mr. Negri worked for Merserve Tree Service.

Mr. and Mrs. Negri were the owners/operators of the 6&7 Restaurant in Danbury for 13 years.

After retiring from the restaurant business, he worked at Sealed Air Corp., retiring after many years of service.

Mr. Negri was an avid fan of baseball, basketball and football. He was an avid Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and 49ers fan.

He also enjoyed bowling, swimming, diving, animals and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Negri is survived by three daughters, Darlene Poodiak, and her fiancé, John Griffin, of Danbury, Maureen Woodcock, and her husband, Scott, of New Milford, and Janine Toussaint, and her husband, Charles, of New Milford; two sons, James Negri Jr., and his wife, Mary, of Brookfield, and Gary Negri, and his fiancée, Tabytha Muehlfeld, of Danbury; eight grandchildren, Scott and Mandy Woodcock, Steven and Ryan Negri, and Conner, Zachary, Madison and Bristol Negri; two stepgrandchildren, Meredith and John Toussaint; a great-grandson, James Negri.; a brother, Richard Negri, and his wife, Eileen, of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Marie Coffey and Jean Ploski.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Family will receive friends Dec. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Cornell Memorial Home, 347 White St., Danbury.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave., Danbury. A veteran's burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery.

Cornell Memorial Home in Danbury is in charge of arrangements.