James Byther

September 30, 1956February 6, 2013

Waterville—James “Jim” E. Byther, 56, of Winslow, Maine passed away February 6th, 2013 with his loving family by his side at MGMC Thayer unit. He was born in Millinocket, Maine on September 31, 1956, a son of Kirkland and Josephine (Moran) Byther. Graduated from Stearns High School Class of 1975 National Honors Society.

He went to work for the state in September 1976; there he worked for the Office of Information Technology as a Senior Informant Support Specialist. His boss Sharon Horn was quoted as saying “Jim was a reliable, valuable and an employee with a wealth of knowledge that is not replaceable.” He was also a member of National Association of Amateur Radio. Jim had a great love for big dogs, and was very family oriented. Jim was a very loving, caring and supportive man.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, a brother Harvey Byther, and his beloved Newfoundland Dog “Og”.

He is survived by his loving wife Pat Byther, a step daughter Michelle Hudson, a sister Cora MacDonald, a niece P.J. Byther, his beloved cat Amun Ra; he will also be sadly missed by a very special friend Bruce Leavitt.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the spring. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations in Jim’s memory may do so to the American diabetes association. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home 8 Elm Street Waterville, ME 04901. 872-7676.


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Doris Austin

February 26, 2013

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Sherry Grunder

February 16, 2013

So hard losing someone whose life is so intertwined with yours... May God's comfort surround you all. ((((Hugs))))

Sam & Barbara Gould

February 15, 2013

May God be with you at this time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joan Phillips Sandy

February 14, 2013

Dear Pat and Michelle,
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Jim a few times years ago and remember him as being a very kind and caring man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 14, 2013

So sorry for the loss of my cousin Jim, my condolences go out to his sister Cora, wife Pat and Michelle. He sure will be missed by all that knew him. R.I.P Cousin Jim, Love, Carla Dickinson Bangor Maine

PJ Byther

February 13, 2013

To my Uncle Jim,
I wish I had been able to be around you more in my adult life. I have fond memories as a child, like when you brought me down to first meet Aunt Pat and Michelle. That was the first trip south of New England that I remember.
I will always miss and love you. Please give daddy a hug for me when you see him. Thank you everyone for keeping Aunt Pat and Michelle in your prayers. They are a bleesing to him and our family.

Barbara Brochu

February 13, 2013

deepest sympathies on your loss,
Barbara and George Brochu

Bob Lane

February 13, 2013

We should all take a page from Jim's book and aspire to be as diginified, kind and hardworking a man that Jim personified.

My condolences to Jim's family and and his many friends that have lost such a great person.

If we asked God to send us a train full of his best people and he only sent Jim, we wouldn't have been cheated.

Vicki Crommett

February 13, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you. Vicki Crommett

Dorothy (Kraus) Hagins

February 13, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.