James's Story

LUBEC - James Leonard Powell, 88, passed away Sept. 8, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after complications of many years of cardiac problems. He was born March 26, 1926 in Portland, Maine the son of Norma (Leonard ) and James F. Powell.

Because of the early death of his mother, he lived with relatives and attended schools in East Boothbay, Pittsfield, and Vanceboro. He graduated, President of his class in 1944 from Central Maine Institute. He went into the Army right after his graduation and served in Italy during WWII. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, using the G.I. Bill in 1951. He taught school in Wiscassett two years, and then entered the Border Patrol at El Paso, Texas. He held investigator and inspector positions in the U.S. Immigration Service in several cities and states for a total of thirty-seven years before retiring from his career in Lubec, Maine. He loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He got pretty good at playing golf too. He joined the staff of the Lubec Light newspaper in 1992 and enjoyed writing his columns about "Me and Old Bill", and "Just holding a Turn." He wrote about the past and how things were in the old days.

He married Mary Crandlemire in 1948 on New Years Eve. They had four children - Norma Stevens of Orrington, David Powell of Trescott, Pamela Blanch and Kelli Hall, both of Lubec; seven grandchildren - Jonathan and Jessi Stevens, Wesley Powell, Michael and Sean Blanch, and Jordan and Chelsea Hall; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, John; a sister, Sarah, many cousins, and in-laws. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard, and a grandson, Seamus Powell.

At his request there will be no funeral services. Friends are invited to a Celebration of his Life to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at his daughter Kelli Hall's home, 784 County Road, Lubec. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec.
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