James Joseph Haley
July 20, 1945 – February 20, 2021
OLD TOWN - James "Jim" Joseph Haley, 75, passed away peacefully at his home, February 20, 2021 with his daughters by his side. He was born in Old Town, July 20, 1945, the son of Arthur and Florence (Gallant) Haley. Jim graduated from Old Town schools in 1964 with the distinguished recognition of National Honor Society. He was presented a sweater for lettering in four sports: football, cross-country, track and basketball. Jim was a member of the State Class A champions in cross-country, which may still have the best score ever. While still in high school, Jim also worked summer jobs as a hand-sewer for Penobscot Shoe and working for the Old Town Recreation Department. After high school, Jim joined the US Army, completing his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and cartography training at Fort Belvoir, VA. From there, he was assigned to 7th Corps, in a small town outside of Steugart, Germany where he was stationed for two and a half years, working his way from Spec 5 to Sargent E5. After serving in the military, Jim was hired by the James W. Sewell Co. as an ink draftmen in 1968. He retired from the Sewell Co. in 2014 after 46 years with the company. In 1970, Jim married Alice Cossar and together they had two daughters. Jim loved his daughters dearly and would do anything for them. He was never more than a phone call away. One of Jim's enjoyments in life was enjoying a good cigar. He also loved playing cribbage and golf, and spending a day fishing. In addition to helping build a camp, Jim also took pleasure in the upkeep of camps while spending time at them. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his sister, Linda Nadeau. He is survived by his two daughters, Shelby Lang and her husband, David of Clifton and their son Lucien James, and Sharon "Shari" Haley of Bangor; brothers, Richard "Red" Craven and William "Billy" Haley; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends, the Savages. He will be greatly missed by his beloved Shetland sheepdog, Missy. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to CancerCare of Maine, Amedisys Home Healthcare and Beacon Hospice for their care of Jim during his illness. Relatives and friends are invited to call 2-4pm, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St. Old Town. In compliance with CDC guidelines, please observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Please be aware that space may be limited at times to maintain the state mandated limits on the number of people allowed for an indoor gathering. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the spring.