James Francis Marmen
ELIOT, Maine - James Francis Marmen, 60, of Greenbriar Drive, Eliot, Maine died peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Hyder House Family Hospice in Dover, after a period of failing health.
He was born in Salem, Mass., May 12, 1952, the son of Robert and Catherine (Martin) Marmen.
He was a graduate of Dover High School, Class of 1970.
Jimmy's tireless work ethic and extensive and varied skills led him to work in many different occupations throughout his life. He worked as a Class A Set-Up Man at the General Electric in Somersworth after high school. He then worked briefly for the City of Dover as a maintenance mechanic, and then as the resident manager of Purdy Self-Storage Company in Dover until the late 1980s when he entered the apprenticeship program at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He was an honors graduate of the apprenticeship program four years later, and he continued to work at the shipyard until 1994. Over the following years, he continued his education by completing a certificate program in automotive technology as a high-honor graduate. He operated four hydroelectric plants, and he worked as a machinist and maintenance mechanic. He returned to the shipyard in 2001 to continue working as a Production Machinery Mechanic and after a promotion, he most recently worked as a Production Shop Planner.
His interests and hobbies were similarly varied, although he is perhaps best described as a "gear head" for his love of all things mechanical. He loved to fix things, and he kept and carefully maintained his own home and yard as well as many cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and machines throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He also loved reading, crossword puzzles, listening to good music, watching the Red Sox, Patriots and NASCAR events and drinking cold Budweiser. The simple pleasures in life were always among his fondest interests, and his greatest satisfaction came from spending time with his wife and family, working in his shop or around his house, and sharing a colorful joke.
Surviving him is his loving wife and constant companion of 34 years, Barbara Wells Marmen; a son, Jeffrey Barry and his wife, Arline, of Berwick, and two grandchildren, Sharon Ann and Brady Barry; two sisters, Sharon Theodore of Somersworth, Kathleen Wallace of Rochester; and a brother, Robert Marmen, Jr. of Rochester.
He is predeceased by both of his parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hyder Family Hospice House, 285 County Farm Road, Dover, N.H. 03820. Our family would like to extend a very courteous thank you to Hyder Family Hospice House for all the loving care they extended to Jimmy and our family.
Friends and family may call from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Road, Rt 4, Lee, N.H. with a Celebration of Life Ceremony to be held at 3-4 p.m. and a reception to follow from 4-6 p.m. downstairs. To sign our online guest book, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com
for an online guest book.