PITTSFIELD - James E. Homstead, 67, died peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Bangor.
He was born on March 26, 1948, in Bangor, Maine, the son of the late Frank "Bud" and Pathena "Tina" Homstead. He graduated from Maine Central Institute with the class of 1966. He proudly served our country in the United States Army National Guard.
Jim worked as a commercial fisherman for over 20 years. He owned and operated Homstead Marine Enterprises in Portland. He loved his time on the water and cherished the friends he made during that time in his life. He later worked various jobs in the private sector, and retired in 2010 after working 8 years for the Bread of Life Ministries in Augusta, a job he found immensely rewarding.
As a teenager, he played base in various bands, often practicing in his parents' living room. Some of his fondest memories were of playing with the Missing Links. He played in bands through college and always had a story to tell about those days. One of his greatest passions was umpiring softball and baseball. His proudest moment was umpiring in the Girls Little League World Series Tournament in Portland, Oregon in 1997. He also travelled to Poland to umpire in the Little League European Regional Championships. His Little League family was just that - his family.
He is survived by his wife Marcia (Hallett) of Pittsfield; children, Lindsay Homstead McGriff and husband, Ryan, of Charlotte, North Carolina, David Levesque of Augusta and Patty Levesque of Peabody, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Ryannah, Rayah and David Jr. "Little D," as well as Little D's mom, Misty Duguay, whom he loved like a daughter; sister, Sandra Cote of Pittsfield; brother, Dean Homstead of Pittsfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bud and Tina Homstead; and his best friend, Fran Kulle who most likely was waiting for him with a new set of golf clubs.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., February 11, at the First Baptist Church, Main Street with Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. A gathering will follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bread of Life Ministries, 157 Water Street, Augusta, Maine, 04330, in Jim's memory.
To sign an online guestbook and leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care for the Homstead family has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.