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NORTHPORT - James H. Ossenfort, R. Ph.


James H. "Jim" Ossenfort, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, September 29 at Waldo County General Hospital after a brief illness.

Jim was born in Rome, New York on March 3, 1937, and grew up in Deep River, Connecticut, the son of Charles F. and Mary Madeline (Smith) Ossenfort. Jim graduated from Valley Regional High School, and was a member of the Deep River Fife & Drum Corps. A registered pharmacist for 50 years, Jim received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Jim also served as a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard.

On September 17, 1960, Jim married Agnes M. "Babs" Babcock. Family was of the utmost importance to Jim. Together, he and Babs raised their four children (along with several dogs and one cat) in a home that was often busy, noisy, and chaotic, but always filled with love. They instilled in their children strong values, an unfailing sense of responsibility, as well as wonderful senses of humor. When he and Babs decided to learn to play golf, they also made sure their children learned as well, and he enjoyed many years of sharing the game with them. Jim enjoyed reading, classical music, and historya combination that made him very good at answering Jeopardy questions. He also enjoyed home improvement projects, photography (another interest passed on to his children), and watching New England Patriots football. Jim also served as a Cub Scout leader and a member of the Board of Incorporators of Waldo County General Hospital.

Jim was a quiet but strong presence and had a "just do what needs to be done" mentality, which he also passed on to his children. He was the type of person who would do almost anything for you, another quality that he instilled in his children. He was a do-it-yourselfer who could fix almost anything, although his family often questioned if he hadn't been the real inspiration for "Tool Time" because Murphy's Law often seemed to come into play.

Jim is survived by wife Agnes "Babs" Ossenfort, and his children and grandchildren: daughter Kristine M. Ossenfort of Portland; daughter Gretchen A. Ossenfort of Northport; son James H. Ossenfort II and his wife Kristine of New Boston, NH; son Jay H. Ossenfort of Portland; granddaughter Emily P. Ossenfort of New Boston, NH and her fiancé Steve Hogan; granddaughter Megan M. Ossenfort of New Boston, New Hampshire; and his beloved dog and nearly constant companion, Thor.

Jim is also survived by his sister and brother in law, Clair and Robert Rettick of Westbrook, Connecticut, his sister in law Elisabeth B. Worrall, and his niece Robin W. Nelson. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Madeline Smith, his in-laws. Frederick and Daisy Babcock, and his nephew John A. Worrall.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church Street, Belfast, Maine, followed by a brief reception in the Parish Hall.

The family wishes to thank Dr. James Delehanty and the staff of Waldo County General Hospital for the care provided during Jim's illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Maine Pharmacy Association Scholarship Fund (P.O. Box 8045, Portland, ME 04104, http://www.mparx.com/student-scholarship/) or the Northport First Responders n(16 Beech Hill Road, Northport, ME 04849).
Published on  October 8, 2015
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