James Harold Bodwell (1930-2012)

Son of: Ira 1893

James and Elizabeth are living in Andover, Maine. On July 13, 1996 son Richard married Kristen D. Leighton at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. Both are graduates of the University of Maine. She is a teacher in the Falmouth school system. Richard is employed as a manager by Nordic Track. Portland Press Herald, September 22, 1996.

ANDOVER-- James H. Bodwell, 82, of Andover, ME passed away Tuesday December 11 at his home following a brief illness. He was born on May 28, 1930 a son of the late Ira and Marion (Robinson) Bodwell. He grew up in the Andover area and attended Andover schools. He was a graduate of Andover High School, class of 1948. He studied math and physics at the University of Maine at Farmington and was on active duty in the Marine Corp from 1952-1954. He also served in the Marine reserves until 1960. James received a degree in Radio & Television Technology in 1956. In 1958, he began work at IBM corporation and was known as "the computer guy". He stayed with IBM for 38 years. James was a statewide customer engineer and went to all of the mills, factories and hospitals that had IBM computers. He was also involved with the Telstar Satellite Station in Andover. Also in 1958, James met Elizabeth A. Driscoll at Bath Iron Works and they became married on June 25, 1960. They moved back to Andover in 1962. James enjoyed ski jumping, cross country skiing, golf, hunting and was a big Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. James was very active in the Pineland Ski Club and Bill Koch ski meets. He also enjoyed his time spent being a coach and umpire for multiple baseball games. He is survived by two children, Richard J. Bodwell of New Hampshire and Deborah Bodwell Travers of Turner; four grandsons, Justin, Luke, Zack & Jimmy; a brother Paul and Sally of Bethel and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a brother Neal, sister-in-law, Jean, his baby brother Raymond and 3 months ago lost his beloved wife Elizabeth of 52 years. The family wishes to send a special thanks to Xandy Morton "You truly are a shining star".

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 22 at 11am at the Calvary Bible Church in Andover. Committal services will commence in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may send sympathy cards to: The Bodwell Family PO Box 255 Andover, ME 04216. A service of The Fortin Group\Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St., Auburn, 783-8545

BornDiedMarried Spouse
28 May 193011 Dec 201225 Jun 1960 Elizabeth Ann Driscoll
Andover, MeAndover, MeBath, Me b. 10 Dec 1931

Children of James and Elizabeth (Driscoll) Bodwell

NameBirth Date Birth PlaceDeath Date Death Place
1.Richard James*23 Nov 1967 Biddeford, Me
2.Deborah Anne21 May 1970 Biddeford, Me

* married Kristen D. Leighton 13 July 1996, Bethel, Me. Both are graduates of the University of Maine.


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