James C. Burnham, 74
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NAPLES -- James C. (Jim) Burnham, of Naples, passed away on March 9, 2011.
He was born in Naples on June 25, 1936, the only child of Ch ester and Hazel (Taylor) Burnham.
Jim's education started at the Lord's School, a one room schoolhouse, in Naples. He graduated from Bridgton Academy in 1954 and attended the University of Maine at Orono, leaving after his third year to join his family's business, Burnham Brothers Construction Company. He later became co-owner, and under his direction he expanded the company to include a Redi-Mix concrete plant, as well as establishing the first garbage pick up service for the town of Naples.
Jim retired in 1986, after 30 years with Burnham Brothers. He loved projects and went on to pursue his dream of expanding the Naples Golf and Country Club from nine holes to the current 18. He walked the land, which was all woods, over and over to get the feel for how it should be laid out. He designed the new back nine and supervised its construction after encouraging five property owners to sell their land to the golf course. He spent 11 years working on this project until it was completed in 2000. Jim spent many wonderful days golfing with his friends, and he especially enjoyed the new back nine.
Jim always loved sports and enjoyed coaching Little League in the early 1960s. He also organized a basketball team for the town which played against nearby teams. Jim was an avid hockey fan, having season tickets for the Maine Nordiques and Maine Mariners for many years. In the mid 1970s he was on the Sports Committee for the Cumberland County Civic Center and was instrumental in bringing a professional hockey team to Portland.
A member of the Naples Fire Department for many years, Jim spent the summer of 1969, along with the rest of the firefighters, building the new fire station.
Jim loved Naples, his home and family. He always said, 'Why would I want to go anywhere? I'm already there.' He did, however, enjoy spending the last 24 winters on Marco Island, Fla., where he had a great time golfing with his friends. His mother was from Houlton, so he had fond childhood memories of taking the train to Houlton to visit family in the summer. He later enjoyed going to Aroostook County in the fall to play the many beautiful golf courses in the County.
Jim loved his family very much; his daughter and her family were very special to him, as well as his wife of 45 years. He was a wonderful, husband, father and grandfather. He taught by example; his honesty and integrity made his family proud.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Linda; his daughter and her husband, Suzanne and Gerod Gianattasio; and by his two grandchildren, Elise and Andrew Gianattasio.
A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
gifts can be made in his memory to: Bridgton Hospital Annual Fund
10 Hospital Drive
Bridgton, Maine 04009
or to Good Shepherd Food Bank
P.O. Box 1807
Auburn, Maine 04211
James C. Burnham
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 13, 2011