WINSLOW – James Alton Bowdoin, 69, peacefully went to be with his wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday, March 14, 2004. He was born July 22, 1934, in Biddeford, the son of Edgar A. and Irma (Chappell) Bowdoin of Kennebunk. He graduated from Kennebunk High School in 1952, where he played varsity football, was captain of the track team, and vice president of his class. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1956, and was Battalion Administrator his senior year. Upon graduation, he received his U.S. Navy commission and was assigned to Submarine Squadron Twelve and served aboard the USS Bushnell. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served at Atlantic Fleet Headquarters as a Senior Naval Liaison Officer to the U.S. Army. He also served as officer in charge of the Harbor Defense Team at Norfolk, Va., and officer in charge of the U.S. Navy Rifle Team for inter-services competition. He received an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant Commander in 1971. After his Navy career, Jim worked for 20 years with the Aetna Life and Casualty Co. as a senior claim representative in the central Maine and coastal area. He was a 25-year member of the Waterville Lions Club, the American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a charter member of the Winslow Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Temple of Oakland, serving in several leadership positions. He helped Cross Current International Ministries spread the gospel by shipping 25 thousand books Your Quest for God to Africa and South America. He had also been a youth leader with Word of Life Bible Clubs at Getchell Street Baptist Church in the 60’s. He had also been a member of The Gideons International. He was a faithful member of Blessed Hope Church of Waterville. In 1996, he served as finance chairman and building chairman of the Winslow Public Library, where the Winslow Roller Rink was reconstructed into a new library. He served as a school board member of School Union 52 representing Vassalboro, the Maine School Management Association and Governor’s Advisory Council for Federal Funding to Public Education. He was an avid deer hunter, model train builder and football fan of the Winslow Black Raiders and New England Patriots, attending training camps at Bryant College, R.I., for 25 years. He was predeceased by his first wife, Colleen Marie (Sullivan) Bowdoin in 1959; his sister, Irmena (Bowdoin) Conway; and brother, Warren Bowdoin. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lorraine Grace (Libby) Bowdoin of Winslow; his daughter, Colleen Marie Bowdoin Spencer of Smithfield; and son, James Edward Bowdoin of Winslow. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Sarah and Lisa Spencer; a great-granddaughter, Seraphim Spencer; several nieces and nephews, including Gary and Steven Conway; and special family members, Lisa (Bartlett) Sinde and Jeffrey Bridges. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Redington Funeral Home, 5 Park St., Waterville. A Christian service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Blessed Hope Church, 10 Pleasant St., Waterville, with Dr. Timothy N. Setzer, pastor, officiating. A military burial will be held at Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk, later this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Current International Ministries, care of Dr. Richard Bennett, P.O. Box 551144, Dallas, TX 75355-1144.
JAMES ALTON BOWDOIN
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.