James A. MacDonald (Jim), 85
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SCARBOROUGH -- James A. MacDonald (Jim), 85, of Scarborough, died on Aug. 9, 2010, at Maine Medical Center surrounded by his family.
James was born on Feb. 2, 1925, in OxBow, the son of George and Isa (Anderson) MacDonald. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1943. A year later he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corp. in Pensacola, Fla.
Jim worked for Great Northern Paper Company and Maine Grafton Lumber in Ashland. He also worked in the steel industry for many years retiring from Burtco, Inc., Westminister Station, Vt. He was a member for sixty years of Pioneer Lodge No. 72 in Ashland and was also a Past Master. He was a member of the West Scarborough United Methodist Church.
His gentle, kind, humorous nature was loved by all. He enjoyed 'gatherings' with family and friends, a good book, a variety of music, a game of cribbage, road trips (especially those to Bonita Beach, Fla.) and using his road atlas to track any family member's trip.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth McKean and Alice Rafford, and a brother, Dana MacDonald. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ida Mae (Hackett) of Scarborough; three daughters, Karolyn and her husband Bruce Simpson of Scarborough, Rachel and her husband Wolfgang Jansmann of Saco, Etta and her husband Keith Jackson of North Yarmouth; and one grandson, James Simpson and his wife Courtney of Old Orchard Beach. He is also survived by three step grandsons, Christopher Jansmann and his wife Paula of Green Valley, Ariz., Andrew Jansmann and his wife Irene and their son John of Cumberland Center, Timothy Jansmann and his wife Roberta of Vail, Ariz.; three brothers, Chester MacDonald and his wife Clarice of East Eddington, Albert MacDonald and his wife Janis of Ashland, Dean MacDonald of OxBow, two sisters, Ada Lovley of Benton, Ann and her husband Sidney Tripp of North Raymond; and many cherished nieces and nephews 'from the right coast to the left coast.'
A visiting hour will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, with a funeral service to follow at 12:30 at the funeral home. Interment will be private at a later date.
In memory of James, contributions may be made to the Scarborough Rescue or the West Scarborough United Methodist Church.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 11, 2010