James Eugene Salisbury, 70, died peacefully at Seaside Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Portland, Oct. 15, 2018, after a battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. He was born Nov. 18, 1947, in Bar Harbor to Everett Joshua Salisbury and Agnes Hamor Salisbury right after the Fire of ’47. He was one of the “bus kids” from Hulls Cove.
Jim graduated from Bar Harbor High School Class of 1966 and went on to study at Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Presque Isle. After graduating, Jim joined the United States Air Force, serving four years, traveling the world. Jim worked at The Jackson Laboratory as a mechanic for a time while awaiting his dream position as a state of Maine Department of Marine Resources patrol officer. Jim did get this position and was stationed in Scarborough, where he met his wife to be, Sara Sterling. They were married in 1982. Jim retired 25 years later as a sergeant in the Marine Patrol. This was a job he lived and loved throughout his career. He was known for telling stories of the good old days on patrol to his many friends.
In retirement, Jim had several jobs, but loved being a limousine driver the most — dressing up, shining his shoes and making those Boston trips to pick up new found friends. Many a “Downeast” story was told.
Jim had a wide range of interests, which led to him being president of the Blue Knights of Maine II and of the BMW Riders of Southern Maine. He was famously known for the annual lobster bake that was put on for his biker friends, near and far. He loved fishing and hunting, but most of all his motorcycle trips on one of his numerous motorcycles to rallies with friends. Sara made several of the trips in a custom sidecar. Jim had many cat and dog loves in his life, most especially, Bullet, T.J. and Scottie. Jim was a friend to all in his Blue Point neighborhood and was frequently seen plowing them out on a snowy evening. He will be missed.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sara Sterling Salisbury, of Scarborough; brother, Richard M. Salisbury and wife, Nancy, of Trenton; sister, Joanne Salisbury Sousa and husband, Anthony, of Somesville; several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews; his mother-in-law Barbara Sterling of Scarborough; brother-in-law, Paul L. Sterling and wife Annie of West Newbury, Mass.; and many friends, most especially Harry Owen of Bar Harbor. He was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Agnes Salisbury; sister, Judith Ann Salisbury; and, by his father-in-law, Richard Sterling.
The family wishes to thank the many angels at Seaside Rehabilitation Center for their loving care of Jim during his last days, Hospice of Southern Maine, Dr. Lou-Emerson and staff, New England Cancer Center, and so many others for their help during this journey.
Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Friday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Jim was a communicant of Blue Point Congregational Church, UCC, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough where a celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the SPCA of your choice, Church of Our Father, P.O. Box 186, Hulls Cove, ME 04644 or Blue Point Congregational Church, UCC, P.O. Box 2055, Scarborough, ME 04070.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.