James Almon Carter, age 73, passed away peacefully at MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, with his sister, Susan, holding his hand. Jimmy had suffered a significant heart attack at age 59 and his health had declined significantly in the last year related to his weakening heart. His heart took its last beat on Feb. 4 and Jimmy was set free.
Jimmy was born on June 13, 1944, at the Hurley Hospital in Ellsworth to Almon Russell Carter and Barbara Ruth (Black) Carter. He grew up in Blue Hill and Surry, graduating from George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. He then followed his mother’s footsteps and went briefly to Husson College until he accepted a job in Washington, D.C., working in the Department of Education. After several years he moved back to Surry, where in 1972 he built a beautiful home on Morgan’s Bay. Two of his nephews now own that home. He worked for many years at the Union Trust Bank in Ellsworth and then decided to join his sister in the field of nursing by going to LPN school in Waterville. He graduated top in his class and never looked back. Nursing was his passion and he performed his duties with great skill, diligence loving care and a lot of laughter. He worked most of his nursing career at MDI Hospital. He also worked at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Many of his Blue Hill co-workers who survive him always will remember his call of “All hands on deck” when there was trouble in the ICU. Jimmy’s last job was at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a nurse call operator. Until the day he left this Earth Jimmy valued the many enduring friendships he had with people he had worked with. As all nurses do, he loved to get together with some of his “old cronies” in the nursing field and talk about the “old days” when nursing was a true art.
Jimmy is survived by his sister, Susan McDonald and her husband, Ray, of Surry, nephew Matthew McDonald of Portland, nephew Torrey McDonald and his wife, Brooke, of Ellsworth, nephew Richard and his wife, Sara, of Surry and a niece Layne and her husband, Andy Cough, of Bar Harbor. He is also survived by two great-nephews, Mason and Chase McDonald, children of Richard and Sara and a great-niece Oaklee Cough, daughter of Layne and Andy. He is also survived by his aunt, Lee Leach of East Blue Hill and many cousins. The family especially wants to thank Jimmy’s friends, Doris Plummer, Kay Young and Norma Spurling who were very faithful visitors to him since he had been at Sonogee.
There will be a celebration of life for family and friends in June near Jimmy’s birthday.