STONINGTON – Valmore McCoy “Jim” Greenlaw died peacefully Sept. 7, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at Island Nursing Home. He was born July 20, 1915, in Oceanville, son of Alfred Buckminister Greenlaw and Helen Moulden Greenlaw.
He graduated from Stonington High School in 1933. He served his country by enlisting in the Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Fergus in the South Pacific Theater. He was a lobsterman for 20 years. After he hauled his last trap, he started his second career as a carpenter and continued building and remodeling homes across the Island for another 20 years. In his final retirement he revived the tradition of farming at his home and had a farm stand in Oceanville. He was a member and deacon of Oceanville Baptist Church, Rodney Stinson Post of the American Legion, and Stonington Lobster Co-op. He showed his commitment to his community by delivering food for the Island Food Pantry, as a member of Greenwood Cemetery Association and Oceanville Union Hall.
He is survived by his son, Roger Greenlaw and wife, Arlene, of Deer Isle; daughter, Darlene Lepoff and husband, Jonathan, of North Monmouth; daughter, Gail Chamberlin and husband, Denny, of Deer Isle; son, Alfred Greenlaw and wife, Donna, of Orrington; daughter, Roberta Johnson and husband, Stephen, of Oceanville; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Alma Haynes. He made countless friends during his 97 years with his ever present smile and frequent hugs. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Nellie Davis Greenlaw; brothers, Earle Greenlaw and Albert Greenlaw; and sisters, Ruth Greenlaw Hernan and Charlotte Greenlaw Olson.
Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington. A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Oceanville Baptist Church. A celebration of life will be held after at his home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Island Nursing Home.