Calais – James Maher entered eternal rest in the Calais Hospital suddenly on February 21, 2014. He was the son of James and Annie Maher from Milltown, NB. He was born in Bangor, ME on December 16, 1928. He attended Milltown Superior School, and enlisted in the Army in 1945; served in the Korean War from 1947-1951, posted in Japan as a translator.

He met the love of his life Irva Carroll from Carroll’s Crossing, NB in 1953 and they married on December 31, 1954. Together they raised two children, Michael Alvin Maher of Calais, ME and Carolyn Elizabeth Clewley of Winterport, ME. He was a loving Grandpa of Keith (Tina Ernst) and Shane (Michael and Belinda), and of Connie, Holly, and Cody (Carolyn and Steve). He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Gerald and John, and infant twin grandchildren Ivy and Michael (Carolyn). James “Bud” is survived by his wife of 59 years Irva, his sisters, Mary Bidiscomb and Margret Delmonaco, and his faithful companion Angel. 

Bud was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He had a love for sports and coaching young kids on both sides of the border. He loved playing hockey and enjoyed refereeing even at college level. His main passion was golf. He could be found many days on the St. Croix golf course with the late Dwayne Ellis, son Mike, and his grandson Cody. Bud was a gifted master electrician. He worked for many years at the Woodland GP mill, and then transferred to the Lyons Falls GP mill in NY. Bud and Irva spent many years in Kissimmee, FL enjoying the sunshine. He retired as an electrician working for Walt Disney and finally landed his dream job working on their beautiful prestige golf courses, and met many famous people. He has been a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 1:00 PM. at the Mission Church, 9 Germain St., on the corner of Germain and Temperance St. Across from the memorial park.

Interment will be in Carroll Crossing Family Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud’s memory can be sent to the St. Croix Country Club /Youth Clinic Program, 48 River Rd, Calais ME 04619.