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James Murdock MacInnes

December 16, 1934 ~ May 11, 2018 (age 83)

James Murdock MacInnes of West Gardiner died May 11, 2018 at Glenridge Long term care facility surrounded by his family after a short stay.

Jim was born December 16,1934 in Litchfield, to Ara and Marion (Peaslee) MacInnes.

He grew up on the family farm raising and harvesting vegetables and learning his very strong work ethic that served him well his whole life.

 September 16th 1955 he married Barbara (Farrington) MacInnes and raised two children together in West Gardiner.  Shortly after they married, Jim went to work for the Maine Turnpike Authority, where he worked for over forty years. His house was directly across from the Turnpike garage and was very convenient to stop in for a quick visit after work very long stretches plowing snow. He retired as a Turnpike supervisor in 1995. Jim had been enlisted in the Army Reserve for several years, and also had his own glass business installing windows, and when he closed his business he did installation work for Sears Roebuck.

He took great pride in his vehicles and enjoyed camping, NASCAR, and caring for wayward cats and wildlife in his yard. In retirement he enjoyed traveling including a dream trip to Alaska and several long camping adventures as well.  He was an active member of the Randolph Methodist church where he volunteered for handy man projects and assisted serving beverages at the monthly dinners.

Jim is survived by his daughter Terry and husband Tim Tracy, his son Mike and wife Deb, grandchildren Tara Chamberlin and husband Brian and grandson Todd Tracy, and Justin Douglas. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Aidan Tracy, Cheyenne MacInnes, Liam Chamberlin, Jacob MacInnes, and longtime companion Eloise Peaslee.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara, sisters Gail Reed and Gloria Sparrow and brother Clyde MacInnes and a grand-son Jim MacInnes and Kate the cat.

As a way to remember Jim we ask that you wear something red- his favorite color.

In lieu of flowers please consider donation to Kennebec Valley Humane Society.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 1 to 2 pm at Staples Funeral Home 53 Brunswick Ave Gardiner where a funeral service will follow the visitation at 2pm. Burial with committal prayers will follow at the Litchfield Plains Cemetery


Donations may be made to:

Kennebec Valley Humane Society
10 Pet Haven Lane Augusta, ME 04330,


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