1952 – 2016

NEWPORT, N.H. —James E. LaFlam, of Newport, N.H., longtime resident of Lewiston, passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening, Oct. 14, at his home. Born on March 29, 1952, in Gloucester, Mass., he was 64 years young.

James is survived by his parents, Ron and Betty Blow; his sister, Heather Forrest; brothers, Jack Harrison and Robert LaFlam Jr.; former spouses, Kathy Feldman and Terri Creekmore; children, LisaJo (James) Grummell, Jeff (Rachel) LaFlam and Karyn (Jason) Ashton; and grandchildren, Devin Michaud, Taylor Smith, Nate Ashton, Makaili LaFlam, Brayden LaFlam, Zackary Ashton and Kendal-Jade Ashton; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his beloved Nana, Margaret Clayton; and his biological father, Robert D. LaFlam Sr.

In 1970 he graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Massachusetts. In 1973, he married Kathy and together they had three children, LisaJo, Jeffrey and Karyn, they divorced in 1993. James later married Terri in 1996, and enjoyed many years and traveling together, later divorcing in 2004. Jim worked as a store manager for G.M. Pollack & Sons Jewelry in the ’70s, managing their Augusta store and the Brunswick store. He later worked for several companies as an outside sales rep. He owned and operated a Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Dye Co. franchise in Essex County, Mass., which started his career in the flooring business. He owned and operated his own flooring store in Lewiston before moving to Delaware and working at Anderson Carpet One, until his retirement. He was a past member of the Lewiston/Auburn Jaycee’s where he served as local president and then went on to serve as the Maine state Jaycee president in 1988-1989. Jim was honored by the Jaycee organization with a JCI Senatorship.

A unique soul, Jim was very funny and enjoyed all sports, favoring the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He loved people, all people, if there was a crowd he was comfortable in it. He was dedicated to his family, his children and his grandchildren and to helping others however he could. He was great with a story, whether it caused you to think about something or to make you laugh hysterically. He was a dreamer in many senses of the word, he dreamed big dreams and was always finding ways to work toward making his dreams come true, both in business and his personal life. He will be greatly missed.

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