James Belknap DeWitt of Monroe, N.H. and Scarborough, Maine, and formerly of East St. Johnsbury and Wallingford, Vt., died on May 12, 2013 in Mt Kisco, N.Y. with family beside him.
Jim was born in Canton, Pa. in 1932 of Walter M. DeWitt and Elizabeth Belknap DeWitt. He attended Troy High School and, after serving in the Marines, Penn State, where he studied forestry. He had a long career in the wood products industry, working for True Temper Corporation as lumber buyer and plant manager, and retired at 72 as owner of Northeast Square & Dowel in North Haverhill, N.H. He and Elinor Joyce Knickerbocker were married in June of 1955.
Jim was a member of Rotary, the St. Johnsbury Country Club, the Chipman Masonic Lodge in Wallingford, and served on the St. Johnsbury School Board.
He loved the water. For 45 years he enjoyed his summers at Miles Pond in Concord, Vt. Vacations were always spent at his family's cabin on Mountain Lake in Pennsylvania and at the family farm on Kennebunk Pond in Maine.
He and his wife Joyce moved to Scarborough, Maine in May of 2011 where he did his best to diminish the lobster stock, perfected his cooking, and read (and reread) the collected works of W.E.B. Griffin. He was a loving and amazingly patient caregiver of Joyce who is living with Alzheimer's disease.
He had many friends who helped lighten his role as caregiver and supported him when he was diagnosed with cancer. Members of the Cat Bow Bog Club of Lunenburg and the Whistle Stop coffee klatch in McIndoe Falls deserve special mention.
Jim is survived by his wife Joyce DeWitt of Scarborough, Maine, his sister Mary Straub of Athens, Ga., and by his children:
Susan DeWitt Wilder and Paul Austin of Scarborough, Maine; Judith DeWitt and Mark Yellen and son Jackson of Los Angeles, Calif.; Elizabeth DeWitt and Salvatore Acquista and children Charles, James, and Emily, of Flushing, N.Y. and Sutri, Italy; Phillip DeWitt and Karen Batchelder DeWitt and children, Benjamin, Brittany, Zachary, Rebecca, and Phillip Jr., and his first great grandchild, Sawyer James DeWitt, born to Brittany on May 9; all of St. Johnsbury Center, Vt.; and Penny DeWitt-Fonde and Gregg Fonde and son Timothy of Somers, N.Y.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Phillip, his sister Jane Istvan, and his brother Frank, who died four days before Jim.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Monroe (N.H.) Community Church, with burial in the Monroe Village Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Monroe Town Hall during which friends are invited to share their memories of Jim.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that, in memory of this avid reader and in support of a community he loved, contributions be made to the Monroe Public Library, PO Box 67, Monroe, NH 03771.
Hobbs Funeral Home of Scarborough, Maine is in charge of arrangements, www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2014
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I've thought of you often over the past two years, my friend. I miss you every time I do. You and Joyce were great neighbors...love, Jim and Mechelle