James H. Davis

Aug 29, 1920 - Jan 4, 2018

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Bucksport - James H. Davis passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018, with his loving daughter and granddaughter by his side. He was born in Springfield, ME, the son of Earlie and Mary Davis on August 29, 1920.
He was a graduate of Brownville JCT High School. While living in Brownville JCT he learned to drive a Model T. and he worked at the Star Market as a clerk, stock boy, and delivery man. After graduation he worked one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bar Harbor Acadia National Park working in the office as a typist for the Commander.
In the 1940's, he moved to Bucksport where he worked at Grindles Store on Main Street. He married Esther Gallant in 1942. They had 39 wonderful years together, until her passing in 1981. In 1944 he was drafted into the Army where he became a teletype operator for the Signal Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He returned to Grindles Store where he stayed until 1950. It was at this time that he and his wife Esther opened a Mom and Pop's corner store on Central Street in Bucksport. They ran the store together until 1956. After that, he began working for Wight's Dairy as a milkman for six years. He then became the Postmaster for Bucksport in 1962 and retired in 1981.
Jim was also very blessed to share 30 years with his devoted and loving companion Lillian "Lil" Grindle of Bucksport. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Every night Jim looked forward to his brother Howard's phone call to talk about their day. He loved being a grandfather and what a joy it was to become a great-grandfather. He took them to the candy store, ice cream parlor, frog pond, and played endless games with them. Meeting them on his way home from work always brought hugs and smiles. He was lovingly referred to as Gint.
Jim enjoyed golfing and he bowled on the Senior League at the Brewer Lanes right up to the age of 97. Watching the Wheel of Fortune and following the Red Sox were some of the favorite pastimes. He loved walking. He would walk every morning to wave to his dear friend Dot while she was sitting at her window reading the paper. On Saturdays he would faithfully wave to Jane and Jack on their way to church.
A visit from the little doggy (Gabe) who lived in Alton Bay, NH, always brought lots of smiles. They would play and sit together looking out the window. Other furry visitors came from Parsonsfield, ME, which included Pearl, Goldie, Jamison, and Riley Mae of Manchester, NH. However, they were not lap dogs, so they would lean ever so gently against him as he sat in his chair.
He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Esther Davis, his parents, Earlie and Mary Davis, his brothers, Myron, Earl, and Ronald, and his loving and devoted companion, Lillian Grindle. He is survived by his loving daughter, Carol Rollerson and husband, Darrell, of Bucksport; two devoted granddaughters, Denise Schaper and husband, Jeff, of Alton Bay, NH, Marnie Rollerson and husband, Tom Searway, of Parsonsfield, ME; four great-grandchildren, Heath Schaper and his partner, Jessee Meek, of Manchester, NH, Molly Schaper and her fiancé, Patrick Haggerty, of Manchester, NH, Hazen and Molly Searway of Parsonsfield, ME; one very special brother, Howard Davis, often referred to as Howdy or Dave of Veazie, and a very dear niece, Susan Philbrick, and her husband, Steve, of Veazie.
Jim is also survived by a very loving extended family which includes three daughters, Barbara Colson and husband, Denny, of Castine, Gail Jackson of Westbrook, and Dorrie Harriman and husband, Wayne, of Brewer; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
At this time, we would like to send a special thank you to his doctor, Zachery Greenier, of Brewer Medical Center for his dedicated care.
We would also like to thank the doctors and especially the nurses of the CCU at EMMC for their kind and compassionate care.
There will be a graveside service announced in the spring followed by a gathering of friends and family.
Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bucksport. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)
Published on  January 9, 2018
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