EASTPORT AND AUGUSTA – James William Elliott, 55, passed away Sept. 8, 2012, at his home in Eastport, with his loving wife Cindy by his side. Jim was born Sept. 21, 1956, in Augusta, to Harold and Irene (Virgin) Elliott.
He was educated in Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School, class of 1975. Jim had a very strong work ethic. His first job was as a paperboy for the Kennebec Journal in the Capitol District. As soon as he was old enough to get a work permit he started working part time and then full time at the Bates Mill, Augusta. Many jobs followed including painting for Sid Pare & Son, Hallowell Shoe and part-owner of Green Acres Landscaping along with his brother, Harold. Jim had been employed for the past 10 years for the city of Eastport as the supervisor/caretaker of Hillside Cemetery; a job he took great pride in. Jim would always joke that he had thousands of customers and none ever complained! While living in Augusta he was a member of the Sharpies Cossack Drill team, Boy Scouts of America, Augusta Little League and was an altar boy for St. Mary’s Church. Jim was also a member of Eastport Volunteer Fire Department. Jim loved to go out to his camp in Pembroke and “take it easy,” eating lots of lobster and clams, going fishing and watching old TV shows from Netflix! Simple pleasures were his treasure! He also loved to putter around in his shop and make things. He loved his New England Patriots and having a few beers and cheering them on with loud gusto! Jim also enjoyed participating in the Eastport Pirate Festival and the Eastport Fourth of July celebration where he loved to show his vintage 1957 Mercury pick-up. Jim had a big laugh and a big gift of gab which he would share with many!
Jim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cindy (Brown) Elliott; his stepchildren, Irene Wade of Manchester and Brad Shaw of Biddeford; and stepgrandchildren, Michael, Steven, Lauren and Sarah Sirois, all of Manchester. He is also survived by his mom, Irene Elliott of Augusta; three siblings, Harold, Jeffrey and Elizabeth Elliott, all of Augusta; four nieces, Krista, Katie, Courtney and Camryn; and also his amazing 104-year-old grandmother, Gertrude Virgin of Augusta. He was predeceased by his father, Harold F. Elliott Sr.; a sister, Elaine; his favorite uncle, Howard Elliott; and his best friend, Keith Merrill.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Hillside Cemetery, Eastport, in the old section. A gathering will be held at the “Loveshack” after the service. All are welcome! Arrangements made by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”