BANGOR — James A Larner, 74, of Bangor, Maine, passed away tragically from an accident, while doing a job he loved on September 2, 2020. Jim was many things, but above all else, he was a beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Jim was born on January 15, 1946 to Arthur and Katherine (Moore) Larner. He attended Camden High School and after his graduation in 1964 he enlisted in the U.S Army.
Jim returned home to South Hope after the Army where he married Cheryl (Hawes) Larner on July 4, 1970. He was blessed with a daughter a few years later whom he cherished with all his heart. Always a hard worker, Jim attended night school while working during the day, earning him a degree in engineering.
He loved his work in the communications/broadcasting field whether it be working with his second family at WBLZ or prepping gear for his own business, Tower Services.
Despite the workload, he always found time to hide out with his HAM radios, making contacts and friends around the world. A lover of life, Jim enjoyed going on adventures, be it HAMFEST with his best friend Barry,
playing chauffeur for his daughter and friends when a concert came to town, or just taking his granddaughter to lunch. No matter what the adventure was, he would share his knowledge. He taught his daughter and granddaughter how to ski, and his granddaughter how to fish. Jim touched many lives. He would always bring a smile to anyone’s face, even strangers, with his contagious chuckle and sense of humor. He will be missed by so many.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Katherine Larner; a brother, David, and sister, Carolie.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl; his daughter, Lisa and her companion Brad Davis and granddaughter Alyssa, all of Bangor; and sister Elizabeth Strickland and her children John and Kristen, of Las Vegas.
He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and his extended family, the Hawes family of Union, Maine.
We can’t forget the “grand-dog,” Maddie, whom Jim absolutely loved and will surely miss the not-so-secret trips to Dairy Queen.
During Jim and Cheryl’s 50 years of marriage, they enjoyed countless summer nights on Round Pond in Union, sitting on the porch listening to the beautiful call of the loons. They took on Cheryl’s struggles with Parkinson’s disease together. Jim kept Cheryl mobile by taking her on adventures with his side-by-side ATV and purchasing her a golf cart so she could continue to fill her bird feeders around their property.
To his daughter, he was the kindest, greatest man she knew. His granddaughter will always remember him as the person that taught her how to be patient and to stay dedicated to your passions no matter what. There will never be a day that they won’t think about him: the three of them having shared a very special bond. Jim was not shy talking about how proud he was of his girls, and it should be noted how very proud they were of him and all he accomplished.
Jim’s final resting place will be among his Hawes family at the Union Common Cemetery overlooking Seven Tree Pond. There will be a remembrance scheduled in the spring of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a Humane Society near you to honor Jim’s love of animals.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
To share a memory or condolence with the Larner family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.