James R. Berry

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PRESQUE ISLE - James R. "Jim" Berry, 70, passed away Tuesday morning August 30, 2016 at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1946 in Presque Isle, the son of Perley and Lila (Libby) Berry. He attended Presque Isle schools, was a graduate of the class of 1964, and attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle for two years. While in high school and college Jim taught swimming and was a lifeguard at the Presque Isle Outdoor Pool. He volunteered for the draft in 1967 and served in the US Army in Vietnam 1968-1969. He was a member of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, a Ranger and was awarded the Bronze Star. Jim was honorably discharged in Sept. 1969, and then joined the Maine National Guard for two years. He worked for the Star Herald as the Advertising Manager, and retired after 35 years. Upon retirement he rode his motorcycle with his wife Laurie and son Shawn, loved craftsmanship with woodworking and performed many handyman jobs for friends and family. He also worked for Stew's Downtown Sight and Sound installing satellite dishes and antennas. Jim was very active, was a pitcher of the Men's Softball 1970, member of Presque Isle Jaycees and PITRC, member of the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, past President of the G.M.U.M.C. Men's club, member and secretary of the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club, a Boy Scout Leader Troop 171, and member of the Presque Isle Country Club, earning his hole in one in the summer of 2015.
He is survived by his wife Laurie (Sawyer) Berry of Presque Isle, a son Shawn Berry and his precious girlfriend Lindsay Colley of St. Albans VT, a sister Carol MacDonald of Scarborough, a special nephew Garth MacDonald and his wife Janice of Newport News, VA. Jim's heart for his family, friends, church, and community was unparalleled. He lived and accomplished the equivalent of 3 life times. The actions of his life reflected his compassion, service, and faith. The light of his character left an indelible impression on all who had the privilege to know him. Though he is departed his memory will forever be cherished.
Family and friends may call 6-8PM Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home 30 Church Street Presque Isle. Funeral services will be held 11AM Friday with reception following at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Dare officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle. Donations may be made in his memory to the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church P.O. 992 Presque Isle, ME 04769. Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com
Published on  September 1, 2016
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