James M. Carter, 78: Retired from BIW, ran local Friendly's

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BRUNSWICK — James “Jim” Mason Carter, 78, died Dec. 11.

He was born in Bath Aug. 27,1937, the son of Mason and Doris (Tate) Carter and  graduated from Morse High in Bath in 1956. After high school, he worked at Bath Iron Works and then Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.

He then made a career change to restaurant management. Carter managed the Friendly’s in Branford, Connecticut, before transferring to the Friendly’s in Brunswick, where he worked until retirement in 1996.

Carter was not a man to remain idle, so he soon started working in the rental department for Rogers Hardware in Bath, where he enjoyed learning how to assemble and repair equipment. He also kept busy at home, working in the yard and discussing sports, politics and current events with family, friends and neighbors.

Carter was known for his sense of humor, and often had a joke at the ready. He also enjoyed keeping up with current events and reading biographies and histories. Carter also took pride in his marriage, and let everyone know Jane was the love of his life, with whom he would have celebrated their  60th anniversary this spring. He felt his greatest accomplishment was the family he and his wife raised together.

Carter was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Martin Carter; two sisters, Avis Gebert and Eleanor Spear; and a nephew, Donald Carter.

He is survived by his wife Jane (Fraser) Carter; a son, William “Bill” Carter, of Fairfield; three daughters, Lynne Cobb, of Grand Ledge, Michigan; Lori Carter, of Coventry, Connecticut and Kimberly Sykes, of Zion, Illinois; four grandchildren, Lester J. Sykes IIl, Robert M. Sykes, Meagan Sykes-Rodriguez and Jason T. Bradley; a great-grandchild, Haley Sykes; and several nephews.

A time of visitation was held Dec. 17, at Desmond & Son Funeral Home in Bath.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to CHANS Home Health Care, 60 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011.