James H. Fitch Sr

June 19, 1924
- December 20, 2005

BANGOR - James H. Fitch Sr., 81, husband of the late Maryann (Pluta) Fitch, died Dec. 20, 2005, peace-fully in his sleep at his Bangor home. He was born June 19, 1924, in Orono, the son of Albert and Emma (Leeson) Fitch. Jim was born in Orono, grew up in New Sharon and then moved his young family to Bangor. He served with the U.S. Army and was part of the occupation forces in Japan during World War II. He was a dairy farmer and worked for the U.S. Postal Service retiring after 30 years. Jim volunteered at EMMC, St. Joseph's Hospitals and Meals for Me and was a tour guide at Coles Museum. He started the Heart to Heart Club at EMMC that was fondly known as the "Tin-Tickers Club." Jim was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Bangor. He was very involved with the Boy Scouts along with his sons and grandchildren and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts highest award. His most special moments were spending time with his family. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Fredrick Fitch and Donna Meade-Fitch of Danville, Nancy and Michael Barden of Milo, James Fitch II and Rose of New Gloucester, Judith and Andrew Chalmers of San Pedro, Calif., Jeffry Fitch and Nancy Lloyd-Fitch of Penobscot, Jon Fitch and Debra of Poland, Peggy and Skip Michaud of Suffolk, Va.; one brother, Glen Fitch of New Sharon; grandchildren, Jennifer, Brian, Daniel, Seth, Cory, James III, Elijah, Emily, Michael, Jesse, Alasdair, Andrew, Martin, Graham, Robert, Lisa; great-grandchildren, John, Zackary, Abigail; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Karl and Max; and one sister, Bula. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Randall C. Chretien, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bangor, immediately following the service. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the family room of the church following the interment. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Maryann C. Fitch Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Bangor School Dept., 73 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401 or the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401


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