NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 7, 2012

James W. Humphries Jr., 62


Fremont, N.H. — James William "Jim" Humphries Jr., 62, born and raised in Lynn, and former resident of Seabrook, died peacefully Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at his home in Fremont, N.H., surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Lynn, Jan. 23, 1950, the son of the late James William and Christina (Panagakis) Humphries Sr. Jim attended Lynn Trade School and later in life he earned his associate degree from Stratham Vo-Tech. He served honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era. Jim worked as a tool and die maker at General Electric in Everett and Lynn.

Jim's biggest passion in life was hunting. Fishing came in at a close second. He served on the selective service draft board and in the summer of 1990, he had the privilege of flying in a KC135 jet during a refueling mission.

Jim was a former member of the Men of St. Joseph at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Hampton with his son, Jim. He was also a member of the State Line Field and Stream Club of South Hampton and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Jim took great pride in taking care of his lawn and laughed when lawn companies would stop to ask him his secrets for keeping his grass so green. Jim spent many happy days visiting with his son at his son's business.

Jim's granddaughter, Hope Humphries, was the twinkle of his eye. They were best friends. He would drop anything when she showed up at his house. They spent days looking for frogs, riding bikes, fishing and having fun together.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Elaine (Barry) Humphries; his son, James William “Jim” Humphries III and his wife, Lisa, of Amesbury: his daughter, Becca Cotter, of Dover; his loving sister, Elaine Harbour and her husband Foy, of McLoud, Okla.; his granddaughter, Hope Humphries, and his grandson, Michael Cotter. He was predeceased by his step-father, Carl Dyer.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in St. Joseph Church of Holy Family Parish, corner of School and Sparhawk streets, Amesbury, Mass. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Seabrook. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hampshire SPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, N.H. 03885. For directions or to sign an online guest book, visit www.RemickGendron.com.