Obituary: Jim Daniels – Portland Press Herald
AUGUSTA — Raise a glass and “smoke ’em if you got ’em” as we celebrate a toast to Jim’s latest road trip to the Great Casino in the Sky.
With warm sunshine on his face and the magical sound of slot machines calling him home, he downshifts the Mustang into overdrive and hits the road “with no particular place to go”.
Of course, he’ll trade big stories with Old Buddies about how he survived everything from two tours in Vietnam, to a broken neck, a liver transplant and even the Townsend Sisters back in the day – to be knocked out by a kidney failure and liver cancer punch on January 31, 2022. “Hey, what are you doing?”
Predeceased by his parents Helen and George; and partner in crime – sister, Sherri. Jim is survived by his sisters Judy, Cindy and Sarah.
He contributes the miracle of actually lasting 73 years on this Earth entirely to his wife, Nancy, whose 29-year marriage was kept alive with its “surprises” of falling from rooftops, slipping into a coma, and “dent” almost any vehicle. he had. Born a natural storyteller with a somewhat unusual sense of humor – Jim’s whole life was all about his incredible stories, often leaving listeners both utterly amused and utterly confused as to whether he was actually appropriate to laugh or not, given the seriousness of the situation he just joked about. According to Jim, it’s still appropriate. It is by using humor that he survived.
Over the years he has held many titles – student, soldier, clerk, shop owner, husband, father,….. However, his all-time favorite will always be Grampy. After his children Tracy, Erica and Greg, and his stepchildren Gary and Linda – Jim was proudest of his Lucky 13 – his band of grand and great-grandchildren. He personified the role so much that other family members, friends and colleagues all knew him as “Grampy Jim”.
With special thanks to his liver donor, Richard, for the incredible gift of another 20 years to spend with his family – Jim would like to remind everyone that becoming an organ donor saves lives.
On April 30, a service and reception will be held at First Parish Congregational Church in Pownal at 1 p.m., followed by a presentation at the Elmwood Cemetery Memorial. A celebration of life will be held that evening at Durham AMVETS Hall at 5 p.m. All are invited.
“I love you, drive safe. Drive.