James E. Davitt

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Hampden - Jim Davitt died peacefully in the company of his family May 1, 2019. He was born June 28, 1942, to Edward and Hazel Davitt in Appleton, WI where he spent his childhood. His adolescence was spent in Chicago. He graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC.
He served as a Captain in the US Army in Vietnam, for which he received the Bronze Star. On his return in 1970, he practiced law in the firm Fitzgerald and Davitt in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. When his family relocated to Maine in 1990, so that Dr. Mary Kate Davitt could create a state-of-the-art hospital unit at EMMC for neonatal patients and their parents, Jim was admitted to the Maine Bar. The Davitt's purchased a farm on the Hudson Road in Bangor, where they were living when Mary Kate passed away in 1997.
In 1994, Jim accepted a faculty position in the Justice Studies program at UMA-Bangor. A former amateur actor, his lectures were very popular. He was an active member of the Faculty Senate and a generous and available advisor to students. He retired as a tenured professor.
In 2002, Jim married his colleague and friend Mary Louis. Jim spent a great deal of time and energy renovating the Hudson Road home and, together with Mary Louis, opened Bangor's first Bed and Breakfast, Nonesuch Farm B&B.
He was an indefatigable community activist as a member of: the Board of Visitors of Mountain View Correctional Center, his parish councils (Holy Trinity Church, Washington DC and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bangor), Maine People's Alliance, and Maine Education Association. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2014 where he served on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committees and was chosen as legislative representative to the National Conference of State Legislatures' Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. He served on the Hampden Planning Board and was a member of the Hampden Historical Society.
He was pre-deceased by daughter Maura Davitt, and wife Dr. Mary Kate Davitt. Jim is survived by daughter Clare Davitt of Bangor; son Brian Davitt of Worcester, MA; wife Mary Louis Davitt of Hampden; step-children Catherine Reed of Bangor, and Travers Kurr of New Orleans; sisters Margaret Davitt of Racine, WI and Kathleen Koch of Lebanon, OR.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to: EMMC-NICU, c/o Northern Light Health Foundation, PO Box 931, Bangor ME 04402 or the ACLU of Maine, 121 Middle St., Suite 200, Portland, ME 04101.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2 PM, Friday, May 17, 2019, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor. Burial will immediately follow at Mt. Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. All are invited to a reception beginning at 4:30 PM that day at the Sea Dog Restaurant in Bangor. Messages and memories may be shared with his family at kileyandfoley.com
Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.
Published on May 4, 2019
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7 posts

Kim Lane
May 07, 2019
I have only Jim 5 times. One time to let him in to his office. three times as a Legislator, when he took time to talk about the issues he was facing while I was advocating for support. Finally, once with Mary Louis. They clearly shared similar political views and spirit for helping Maine citizens. Truly a wise man with a huge heart. Best to all!
Robert C. Rawcliffe
May 07, 2019
So Sad to read this. Jim was a great customer, and a even better person. So honest, and caring, and just a overall great guy. He would come in to the shop and have his tires changed out, and even had his Subaru detailed when the dog hair got to be to much. R.I.P. my friend.

Respectfully,
Rob Rawcliffe (Rawcliffe's Service Center)
Rick and Nancy Pare
May 06, 2019
Nice guy, We will miss him.
Logan Deane
May 05, 2019
Sending love and light to your family. I always looked forward to chatting with Jim during my visits home, and particularly sharing Christmas Eve with you and he. I feel lucky to have known Jim and heard his stories first hand.
Bill & Rachel Shakespeare
May 04, 2019
Jim, you will be missed, as a good friend and fellow Army Officer. God Bless.
Ms. Jefferson
May 04, 2019
Dear Family; Please accept my condolence. Keep close to your heart loving memories and cherished moments. May the Hearer of prayer comfort you.
May 03, 2019