The Middletown City Council paid tribute to longtime teacher and journalist Jim Bransfield at its April 2 meeting.
Bransfield died Feb. 24 at the age of 72.
Born and raised in Middletown, Bransfield went on to become a well-known history teacher at Middletown High and Woodrow Middle School. He was also a sports writer and columnist for The Middletown Press for over 50 years and served as a public address announcer at countless sporting events in and around Middletown.
Also, for many years, Bransfield contributed freelance sports writing to the Record-Journal weekly publications, including Town Times.
On April 2, the City Council offered two resolutions honoring Bransfield’s contributions. Also, a public hearing was held on a proposal to name the press box overlooking the baseball field at Palmer Field Stadium after Bransfield and his late son Dana.
The City Council will vote on the proposal on May 7.
The resolution reads, in part:
“Whereas, Jim was a master teacher, who made history and social studies relevant to thousands of Middletown students over the years by speaking artfully and passionately about these subjects, thereby inspiring many young men and women to become thoughtful and courageous adults.
“In addition, Jim had a very special role at Middletown High School as the student advisor for the award winning school newspaper, Blue Prints, where students learned to write with conviction, honesty and courage.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Common Council of the City of Middletown: On behalf of the people of Middletown, we salute James Edward Bransfield beloved and trusted teacher, citizen, mentor, and advocate, who lived a life of service to the people of this community.”
Stated Councilman Sebastian Giuliano, “I will miss my conversations with Jim on a variety of subjects ... Every student who plays sports at any high school in Middletown, whether it be MHS, Xavier, Mercy or Vinal, has lost a voice.
“Jim could disagree with you and it didn’t change your friendship with him. Jim moderated the American Politics Program at MHS. As part of the program, students would go and work at a campaign headquarters. Jim encouraged students of whatever political leanings to go and volunteer at the campaign headquarters of the opposing party and to challenge themselves.”
Submitted by Frank LoGiudice