CARIBOU - James J. Chartier passed away unexpectedly Oct. 31, 2012, in Pennsylvania. He was born Aug. 31, 1957, in Edmundston, New Brunswick, son of the late Real and Lorraine Chartier.
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He grew up in Madawaska and after graduation he served six years in the U.S. Navy in Spain and Portugal. After his military service he continued on in law enforcement and graduated from the Maine Police Academy, serving on Aroostook County Sheriff's Department, and Van Buren, Limestone, Caribou and Fort Fairfield police departments. James also served as an emergency medical technician and with Caribou Fire Department. After his career of public service he began long-haul truck driving for many years, most recently being employed by R.F. Chamberland, St. Agatha. James always had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, as he did with his father. He loved cooking his wild game in a French traditional meal "pot en pot," for his family and friends every Christmas. His sense of creativity could be found in his many woodworking pieces and furniture, which he shared with his family. James' greatest joy was family gatherings, where he would incessantly tease his sisters, and make everyone laugh with his stories. He will be greatly missed and will live in our hearts forever.
James is survived by his four sons, Matthew Chartier and his wife, Debbie, and their daughter, Elsie, of Biddeford, Adam, Daniel and Kameron Chartier, all of Caribou; his sisters, Charlene Pike and husband, Scott, of Mapleton and their daughter, Jasmine Pike, of Bangor and son, Zachary Pike, of Boulder Colo.; and Felice Chartier and partner, William Stephenson, of Fredericton, New Brunswick; special uncle, Marcel Chartier of St. Agatha; and stepmother, Irma Mavor Chartier of Quebec and her children, Louis Mavor Jr. of Sunnyvale, Calif., Debbie Marquis of Millinocket, Darlene Mavor of Madawaska and Dacia Charette of Virginia.
Visiting hours will begin 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, with a military service afterward at 11 a.m. at Lancaster & Morgan Funeral Home, Clover Street, Caribou. A reception hosted by Arthur and Anna Pike of Mapleton will be after the service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, Caribou. Interment will be at a later date at Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, Springfield, Mass. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.lancastemorgan.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 3, 2012