JAMES KERR TWEEDIE SR.

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

LAMOINE – James Kerr Tweedie Sr., 86, died Feb. 19, 2007, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born March 17, 1920, in Cambridge, Mass., the son of James Kerr Tweedie and Sarah Lord (Coggins) Tweedie Hodgkins. His father came to the United States from Scotland at 16 and his mother’s family was among the first settlers of the town of Lamoine. After his father died in 1929, his mother returned to Lamoine to teach school and James went to Hebron Academy for six years, graduating in 1937. His aunts, the Coggins sisters, Emma, Alice and Eunice; and his Uncle Fred, Capt. Fred L. Hodgkins, were active in his upbringing during his summers in Lamoine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Maine in 1941 and was a member of the SAE fraternity. He worked summers during college at Echo Lake Camp, Appalachian Mountain Club. He enlisted in the Army in October 1942 and served in World War II as a cryptographer for the 6th Signal Detachment, Headquarters Ship Type B. He fought in the battles and campaigns for Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno and Southern France. In 1947 he married Villa Hodgkins Smith of Lamoine and New York who died Feb. 24, 2005. He spent 25 years with AT&T and New England Telephone Co. His last position was as general internal auditor. After retiring to his home in Lamoine in 1972, he traveled extensively and spent time in Spain with his wife, Villa. He was appointed to the board of trustees of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in 1980 and served until 1992, when he was appointed honorary trustee for life. He co-chaired the capital campaign fund drive with his good friend, Harris McLean, from 1987 to 1990. He was the head of the Lamoine Planning Board, a member of the Free Masons and the Episcopal Church. He loved his home and family life, travel and the state of Maine. He was pleased that during his last trip in January on the Queen Mary 2, he was able to sail around Cape Horn. He had a quick wit and enjoyed people. He was a kind person with a gentle manner, inner strength, natural confidence and integrity. He was a successful human being. His brother, Frederick H. Tweedie, died in 1940; and his sister, Agnes T. Beckwith died in 2001. He and his wife had three children, Thomas who died in early childhood, James K. Tweedie of Bar Harbor and Catherine de Tuede of Lamoine; three nieces, Lucia (Tweedie) Kowaluk of Montreal, Carol (Tweedie) Korty of Lamoine and Alice Tweedie-Daicy of Portland also survive him. He has two grandchildren, Calvin and Grace Tweedie of Bar Harbor A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. July 5, at the Lamoine Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. David P. Henry officiating. Memorial gifts in James’s memory may be made to the Lamoine Baptist Church, 24 Lamoine Beach Road, Lamoine, ME 04605. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com

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