BLUE HILL - James Freeman Jaffray (our Gumpy) died peacefully in his sleep on June 23, 2015 at his home in Blue Hill. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on September 1, 1919 and had a great run in life.
Jim was a graduate of Shattuck School and Yale University (1941). He served as a U.S. Army Major during World War II in the North African and Italian campaigns. After the war, he joined the National City Bank of New York (now Citigroup) and, from 1968 to 1974, was Senior Vice President and Financial Officer. His board affiliations included the Metropolitan Opera, Boy Scouts of America (NY) and Christ's Church in Rye, NY.
In 1976 Jim retired to Maine and subsequently served as Financial Vice President of Husson College (now University) from 1977 to 1984. He also served on the boards of the Bangor Savings Bank, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Northern New England School of Banking, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.
In 1946 he married Margaret Sterling Lambie, who died in 1992. The following year Jim married Helen Zabriskie Lippincott, who passed away in 2010. He was fortunate to have all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren living in the Blue Hill area.
He is survived by his children: Jim Jaffray Jr. (and wife, Barbara), Lucy Jaffray and Kate Tapley (with family friend, Bob Tapley); step-children: Helene Peterson of Tybee Island, GA, Suzanne Crase (and husband, Steve) of Denver, CO, William Lippincott (and wife, Dorothy) of Hampden, ME and John Lippincott of Wesley Hills, NY; grandchildren: Sarah King (and husband, Wilson), Anna Tapley, Noah Tapley (and wife, Sarah), Curtis Jaffray (and wife, Nikki) and step grandchild Lindsay Peterson; great grandchildren Lily Jaffray, Grace Jaffray, Aubrey King, Hannah King and Finley Picton, plus a sixth great grandchild (Noah & Sarah) who has yet to arrive; and his sister, Harriet Pratt (and husband, Walter) of Minneapolis, MN. He was predeceased by his brother, Clive Jaffray; sister, Monie Jaffray; and his granddaughter, Hannah Jaffray.
Jim requested a private family service, which will be held later this summer. Contributions in his memory can be made to the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, PO Box 444, Blue Hill ME 04614; The Tree of Life, PO Box 1329, Blue Hill, ME 04614; or Yesterday's Children, Inc., PO Box 829, Ellsworth, ME 04605, an organization for the developmentally disabled that provided wonderful care for his granddaughter, Hannah.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com