Clifford James Colville Jr.

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Hobbs Funeral Home - Scarborough - Scarborough
671 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME

SCARBOROUGH - Clifford James Colville, Jr., known as Jim, passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on November 21, 2018 with his immediate and loving family at his bedside. He was born on June 7, 1924 in Bayonne, N.J., the son of Clifford James Colville and Erma L. VanWinkle (Mockler).

Jim grew up in Upper Montclair graduating from Montclair High School. Following his graduation, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Fort Bragg, NC in 1943 for basic training and then to Fort Meade, MD for field artillery training. His artillery training would not be used as his combat assignment was subverted due to a severe infection, and as a notable consequence Jim became the first American soldier treated with penicillin which had just recently been authorized for general treatment.

After Jim's recovery he was re-deployed to the occupational Army in the European Civil Affairs Division. After spending 8 months in Manchester England, Jim was sent to London and had the misfortune of being one of the many injured in a German V1 rocket bombing at the Civil Affairs head quarters at Sloane Court in London. He was pulled from rubble, hospitalized, and eventually fully recovered from his injuries. The London Memorial group's research confirmed 66 military and 9 civilian casualties from the bombing, and it was recorded as the single greatest incidence of loss of life for American servicemen in Great Britain. Post-recovery, Jim went on to staff military government roles in Belgium and eventually, Berlin.

After discharge from the Army Jim attended Brown University in Rhode Island earning a B.A. degree. Upon graduation he worked briefly in banking and then for the World University Service. In 1952 Jim was hired into a position as Director of Admissions for Nasson College in Springvale, Maine which he held for 12 years. He also had responsibility for financial aid, public and alumni relations. As a side business, Jim started up an Arthur Murray Dance studio as a student instructor. About this time he began dating Jean Benoit of Sanford whom he married in 1956, and they established residence on June Street and would later move to Main street. Jim and Jean enjoyed many wonderful years together raising a family, camping, dancing, playing cards, and enjoying the company of a number of friends at home and at Bunganut Lake campground in Lyman where they camped each summer for close to 20 years.

In the mid-60s Jim initiated a career change and started work as a Financial Consultant and Stockbroker with Clayton Securities working out of Portland. He thoroughly enjoyed his new second successful career in financial services and retired in 1996 from what had became Smith Barney after a series of mergers and acquisitions over the years.

Following the death of his first wife, Jim married Jean Brunelle of Sanford in 1988 and enjoyed nearly 20 years of companionship with frequent trips, travel, and adventures both domestic and abroad. They wintered in Lakeland, Florida enjoying the company of many friends, relatives and acquaintances; frequently played golf, played bridge, attended shows and concerts, gathered with friends, and ate out at favorite restaurants. Jim and Jean also hosted many visits from family including numerous grandchildren with trips to Disney, Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens and SeaWorld.

After Jean lost her courageous three-time battle with breast cancer, Jim decided to move to Falmouth to be closer to his son and his family. Jim continued to winter in Florida for several years and began an enduring relationship with Mary Boardman of Wells. When health challenges made travel difficult, Jim and Mary would talk on the phone several times a day. With Jim's health declining he moved to the Scarborough Terrace in May 2017 and shortly thereafter was greatly saddened by the passing of his beloved Mary.

Jim was a long-term member of the North Parish Congregational Church in Sanford and sang in the choir for 40 years. He also served on church committees, was a Deacon, Trustee, and was an ardent supporter of the church long after his relocation. Community and service were extremely important in Jim's life. He was an active Rotarian for 53 years (50 years of perfect attendance) joining club meetings and various fund raisers in community events in Sanford, Falmouth, Lakeland FL, and even in Costa Rica, and served as Sanford Rotary President in 1972-73. The Sanford-Springvale YMCA was another passion of Jim's and he served on the board of directors for many years including president from 1972-73 and was named a board member emeritus for his many contributions of time and funds over the years.

Jim was very generous and took great pride in supporting many causes and organizations with his time and money in addition to the "Y" and churches. This included Camp Waban in Sanford, Brown University, Maine Medical Center, Goodall Hospital, Nasson Community Center, and others.

Jim is survived by his son, Cliff Colville and Sherry Colville of Scarborough; grandchildren, Brie Colville of South Portland, and Alex of Palo Alto, CA; brother, Roger E.B. Colville of Greenville, S.C.; as well as, the many family members of his second wife, Jean Brunelle.

The family would like to extend its deep appreciation and thanks to all of the amazing people that work at the OceanView Falmouth, Scarborough Terrace, Gosnell Memorial Hospice Center, and Maine Medical Center that provided care and support to Jim in his final years. We came into contact with so many wonderful, caring, compassionate people and are so grateful to the many people in these professions who are so inspirational.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at Black Point Congregational Church, 167 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Jim's tribute page at

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the

Sanford-Springvale YMCA

1 Emile Levasseur Dr.

Sanford, Maine 04073

or in memory of Jim

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 2, 2018
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