James's Story

OLD TOWN - James F. Spellman, 89, passed away peacefully in his home January 7, 2016, surrounded by his family. James was born June 11, 1926, in Bangor, ME, the son of James K. and Catherine E. Spellman.

Jim joined the United States Navy proudly serving during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was employed by the United States Government for 31 years and was also a fourth degree and past Grand Knight for the Old Town Council of Knights of Columbus.

Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed his annual fourth of July fireworks display at his camp on East Grand Lake, his famous St. Patrick's Day parties and his beloved Red Sox and Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He loved to travel, and being proud of his Irish Heritage, took five trips to Ireland and made every one of them memorable. Jim will also be remembered for his love of singing, and proudly sang The Irish Wedding Song at his granddaughter Shayne's wedding. He was blessed with many friends throughout his lifetime.

James will be missed by his wife of 64 years Marlene (Guitard) Spellman; their sons, Michael and his wife Caroline of Lakewood Ranch, FL, and Timothy Spellman of Gorham, ME; daughters, Sharyn and Fiancé James Stevens of Bangor, ME, Pamela and husband Eugene Hamm of Yulee, FL, Lisa and husband Robert Hamm of Brunswick, ME; his grandchildren, Christina Spellman of Yulee, FL, Melissa Spellman of Andover, MA, Shayne Brinda and husband Brian of Aurora, Ohio, Ryan, Zachary, and Molly Hamm of Brunswick, ME, Lauren Spellman of Lakewood Ranch, FL; great grandchild, Madison Whitmore of Milford, ME; two brothers, John and his wife Lois of Bangor, ME, and William of Bangor, ME, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Richard Spellman; grandson, Adam Whitmore; his brother Norman; and his sisters, Janet, Anna, and Patricia.

Friends may call Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 4-7pm at Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St. Old Town, ME 04468. Old Town - Orono Council 2537 Knights of Columbus will conduct a prayer service at 6:30pm. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly 0364 will stand honor guard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Monday at Parish of the Resurrection of The Lord, Holy Family Parish Church. Spring interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Old Town. Immediately following the mass all are invited to the Parish hall for a light luncheon and continued fellowship.

The family would like to thank the following for the care given to Jim: Bangor Area Home Health and Hospice and Aging Excellence. A special thank you to Chelsey, Chaplain David Gardner, Margaret Colman and Paul Cote for their kindness and dedication.

Those who wish may make donations in James Spellman name to The Jimmy Fund to support Cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284
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