James E. Jacques Sr.
1929 - 2017
WATERVILLE - James E. Jacques Sr., 88, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, with his son Jim Jr. by his side. He was born in Waterville on Feb. 8, 1929, to Frederick D. Sr. and Dora Greenleaf (Temple) Jacques.
Jim made it as far as the ninth grade at Waterville Senior High School and later earned his GED.
He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was stationed in Iceland from Jan. 16, 1951 to Dec. 5, 1952, where he earned the rank of private first class, before being honorably discharged.
Jim married the love of his life, Hazel F. Furbush, on Feb. 9, 1957, and they lived happily in their home on Western Avenue in Waterville until cancer took her from us on May 9, 1980. We take comfort in knowing they now are together again.
He worked for the Waterville Morning Sentinel alongside his father Frederick Sr. and two of his brothers, Frederick Jr. and Robert Sr. Jim worked in the composing room doing Linotype for the newspaper for 37 years before retiring on February 8, 1990.
Throughout his life and career, he was liked by many and was a loyal friend. In his younger years he occasionally liked to play a round of golf with friends and brother Bob. In his later years, he enjoyed the time he spent with his brother John, reminiscing and telling stories of the good old days.
Jim's true passions were hunting and fishing, especially with his sons, and being in the great outdoors. He spent many a day doing just that after his retirement. His other passion was long drives along the Maine coast where he enjoyed sitting down to eat a couple of lobsters. But Jim's greatest legacy was his dedication to his family. He was a great husband and father. He will be sadly missed.
Jim was predeceased by his wife of 23 years, Hazel; his father and mother; and his brothers, Frederick D. Jr. and Robert Sr.
Surviving are his two sons, James Jr. and wife Melissa, of Skowhegan; and Allen, of Waterville; his sister Claire and her husband Richard Rumney, of Belfast; his brother John and his wife Dana Jacques, of Waterville; two grandsons: Michael and wife Rachel, and Thomas and wife Brooke; as well as many nephews and nieces.
A gathering and reception will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 1-3 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. with military honors, at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. To view a video collage of Jim's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family, please visit:
www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com. Burial will be later in the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.
Published in Central Maine on Mar. 14, 2017