James Gager, outdoorsman

James “Gage” Gager, 57, of Southington, died Thursday, Oct. 8, surrounded by his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Virginia (Ev and Ginny) of Ridgefield.

Survivors include a brother David and his wife Kristy; their children, Jonathan and Megan, of Glastonbury, his aunts and cousins in Maine and his “angel,” Colleen Flynn of Southington with whom he made his home.

He was a graduate of Ridgefield High School and the University of South Florida. He had worked for Clean Harbors Environmental Services for the past 21 years, most recently as their transportation compliance specialist.

He was an outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting, as well as golf and skiing.

He relaxed at his home in Vermont in front of a bonfire that he could maintain for an entire weekend.

Columbus Day weekend was his signature time with a group of lifelong friends from Ridgefield, Brookfield (Christopher’s), Milford and Vermont.

Family and friends expressed appreciation at the “heroism of the organ donor who gave them all hope,” and urged all to register to be an organ donor.

The family also acknowledged the care and compassion by the team in the Hartford Hospital Surgical ICU Bliss-7.

Memorial donations may do so to New England Disabled Sports.

A memorial service took place on Columbus Day in Plantsville.