Greenville – James E. Jardine, 88,passed away peacefully September 7, 2020 at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 21, 1932 in Greenville, the son of James R. “Buddy” and June (Forbus) Jardine.
Jim grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1951. Jim met his sweetheart, Arlene,in high school. They were married in 1953 and began their long and happy life together. They bought the Log Cabin Restaurant in 1954 which they ran for 13 years. Jim was proud to say he installed the first beer tap north of Bangor. In 1967 he started working for Metropolitan Life. He spent 25 years working in insurance, including a few years with the Greenville Insurance Agency. Jim was a faithful parishioner of the Holy Family Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of the community,being involved in the fire department, school board, establishment of Greenville senior housing,ice races on the lake and square dancing.
Jim loved being at camp on Lake Hebron in Monson and spending time with family. He always joked about moving south for the summer and north for the winter. He loved having the kids and grandkids around.He was a wonderful husband, father, “Gramp” and friend to all. Jim was always smiling and always had a story to share.
Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Arlene (Cormier) Jardine. He is survived by two sons, Gerry Jardine of Greenville, and Lenny Jardine and his wife, Brenda, of Greenland,NH; three daughters, Sue Leland and her husband, Dave, of Sangerville, Jan Martin and her husband, Buddy, of Monson, and Jill Rich and her husband, Kyle,of Windham; six grandchildren, Kourtney Ray and her husband, David, and their children, Davy, Katelyn, Kayla, and Daniel, Russell Martin and his children,Aiden, Ben, and Allie, Josh Rich and his wife, Emily, Sarah Rich, Patrick Jardine, and Mary Jardine.
We would like to thank the staff at Hibbard Nursing Home, Marcia Walden, and Pine Tree Hospice for their recent care of dad. Also, special thanks to Dr. Peck and CA Dean Hospital and Nursing Home for the years of care and support.
A private service will be held for Jim followed by a committal service for Jim and Arlene whose wishes were to be buried together. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to CA Dean Hospital, P.O. Box 601, Greenville, ME 04441 or the Holy Family Catholic Church, P.O. Box 457, Greenville, ME 04441. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.