YARMOUTH — James Albert Burdick, 93, of Poland, died peacefully April 15 after a short illness.
A lifelong resident of Maine, he was born on Feb. 26, 1918, a son of Albert and Edith Burdick.
After he graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn in 1936, he attended Northeastern Business College.
During World War II he served in Italy. Upon returning to Maine, he owned and operated J.A. Burdick, a painting contracting company, which later became Yarmouth Paint Company.
In 1978 he and his wife Janice retired to the family farm in Poland. They enjoyed many happy times with family and friends at their cottage on Upper Range Pond and played many rounds of golf at Poland Springs Golf Course.
Later in life he enjoyed tinkering on the farm and maintaining his beloved property.
A regular at Cole Farms restaurant in Gray, he was the last survivor of a group of friends who met there regularly for years, sharing stories and laughs with each other. His family is grateful for the special attention he received from the waitresses at Cole Farms.
He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Janice B. Burdick.
Surviving are two sons, Jon D. Burdick and his wife Celeste of Bradenton, Fla., and Joey M. Burdick of Cumberland; two grandchildren, Laura and her husband Richard Powers of San Diego, Calif., and Maria Burdick of Boulder, Colo.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 11.
Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.
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