James Granger, 85

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HARPSWELL — James Packard Granger, 85, died Oct. 9, at The Vicarage by the Sea in Harpswell.

Granger was born in Dexter Feb. 6, 1930, the son of Frederick J. and Constance (Smart) Granger.

He grew up in Boothbay Harbor and graduated from Boothbay Harbor High School, Bentley College and Boston University, where he was honored by Beta Gamma Sigma.

On Dec. 20, 1952, Granger married Joan Peabody in Manchester, Massachusetts.

He served in the Army and the Marines before beginning his career as a CPA with Baker and Adam in Portland in 1957. In 1963, Granger became controller of Bowdoin College, retiring in 1989. He served the Brunswick community as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, treasurer of First Parish Church, and trustee of Coastal Savings Bank, Regional Memorial Hospital and the Brunswick Sewer District.

In retirement, Granger could often be found on the golf course – any golf course. He and his wife spent many springs in Pinehurst, North Carolina. They also ventured to Europe on several cycling trips, and especially enjoyed summers at Lake Wassookeag in Dexter, where they were frequently spotted biking the 15-mile loop around the lake.

Granger is survived by his wife, of Brunswick; a daughter, Annie Winchester of Pemaquid, a son, James Jr., of Brunswick; a brother, Pete of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Jenny Granger of Brunswick and Travis Granger of Texas; six great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was planned at the The First Parish Church in Brunswick for Oct. 20.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 or www.alz.org/tributes.

The family extends its gratitude to The Vicarage by the Sea for their care.