James H. Rich

WEST TREMONT—James H. Rich, 78, died August 10, 2010 in West Tremont. He was born June 25, 1932 in Tremont, the son of Jasper and Ethel (Gray) Rich. James was a loving, caring, husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army.


James owned and operated James H. Rich Boat Yard for 52 years in West Tremont. He built and restored boats as well as storing them.  He was a former member of the Knights of Pythias and a former member of the Tremont Harbor Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Louise (Spurling) Rich of West Tremont.  His daughter, Nancy Thurlow and her husband, Richard and one grandson, James Thurlow and Fiancee, Tricia Hammond, all of Bass Harbor. One brother, Merton Rich and wife, Lida of West Tremont.  Step-children; Debra L. Alley and husband Larry  and, Jillian Chipman and husband, Philip all of  Southwest Harbor, Roy Sprague Jr. and companion, Evangeline Dyer of Mariaville and Scott Sprague of Southwest Harbor. Several step-grandchildren and one special step-grandson, Ryan Sprague and two step-great-granddaughters, Ivy and Mariah Hamor.

James was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Ann and by a sister, Betty Holt and a brother, Buster Gray.

Funeral services will be held 10:00AM, Monday, August 16, 2010 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert with Reverend Wayne Buchanan officiating.

Contributions in James’ memory may be made to the James H. and Ann M. Rich Scholarship Fund, c/o Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, at any branch.  Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com

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