James L. DeGraff

Feb 9, 1933 - Jan 26, 2017

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Zephyrhills, FL - James L. DeGraff, 'Jim', died January 26, 2017, at home in Belfast after an 11-year battle against cancer. He was born the son of Laurence and Isabelle DeGraff on February 9th, 1933.
Jim worked many years at Maplewood, Penobscot Poultry Co. and retired from the State of Maine Highway Department. Jim served in the National Guard for 36 and a half years.
Jim and his wife Joanne loved to travel, go camping, and be with family and friends. They enjoyed many years together at Rainbow RV Park in Zephyrhills, Florida.
Jim was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joanne; two sons: Jack DeGraff and his wife Regina, and John DeGraff and his wife Sandra; three grandchildren: Nicole, Shelby and Isabelle DeGraff; six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren: Sage, Nico and Aria; cousins and many friends in Maine and Florida.
Many thanks to family, friends, hospice workers and volunteers who gave Jim comfort and support as well as much needed companionship during his illness.
A graveside service will be held in the Spring. Donations may be made in his memory to the WCGH Oncology Department, 118 Northport Ave., PO Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915.
Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.
Published on  January 28, 2017
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