James M. Witt III
1932 – 2010
FARMINGTON — James M. Witt III, 78, a resident of Farmington, died peacefully on Monday, March 22, at the Sandy River Nursing Care Center, after a long illness.
He was born in New York City, Feb. 10, 1932, son of James M. Witt Jr. and Daisie (Hall) Witt. Jim attended schools in Yonkers, N.Y., then joined the Navy for four years during the Korean conflict as a medical corpsman.
He married Corinne (Boucher) Witt on Oct. 23, 1954 in Chelsea, Mass. He graduated with honors from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1959, with a degree in pharmacy. He moved to Farmington in 1959 to work at Howards Rexall Drug and eventually bought the business in 1972. He worked there until his retirement in 1994, along with two of his sons.
He was a member of the Maine Masonic Lodge 20, past commander of Pilgrim Commandry, the Kora Shrine Temple, the American Legion and the VFW. He was also very civic minded. He served on the SAD 9 School Board, the Farmington Business Association, the Farmington Village Corporation and was past president of the Farmington Ski Club. He was a member of the Farmington Board of Selectmen, which was responsible for initiating the Downtown Revitalization Project. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed coaching Little League and Pony League baseball. He was an avid fan of the Mt. Blue Cougars and the Boston Red Sox.
He retired to Boothbay Harbor in 1994, and was active in the community there as well. He was the president of the Carousel Condominium Home Owners’ Association for many years and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of harbor life. He and Corinne traveled extensively all over the world, especially by cruise ship. They made a great number of new acquaintances and experienced adventures in many different cultures.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Corinne, of Farmington; his sons, Jim and his wife, Michele of Farmington, Edward and his wife, Diana of Madison, N.H. and Robert and his wife, Nicole of Industry; and grandchildren, Amy, Elizabeth, Jeffrey, Jamie, Edward, and Alex Witt and Sarah and Hannah Neal.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Jane Bissler.