2011: Jim and his dog in Hope Town
Jim Modisette
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 17, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Pasadena, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 18, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
When I think of Jim, I think of the kind of values I want to be remembered by and would like my children to live by . . .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jim, who was born on March 17, 1944 and passed away on October 18, 2012.  Ruth and JM would be grateful if you left any memories or pictures you have of Jim.

Jim  will be remembered by his friends as “always generous and kind, cheerful and understanding, a man of integrity, always helpful, and a good friend.” 

Ruth and JM will be going to Howlands Catalina, CA on the weekend of June 8th and 9th to remember Jim.  Howlands was very special to Jim.  Sausages will be prepared and even overcooked or burnt on shore to remember him.  A remembrance will be held on Sunday morning to share stories. 

A remembrance of live will also be held June 22nd at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club. 

In lieu of flowers, Ruth and JM have asked that those wishing to make a donation in Jim’s memory contribute to the James P. Modisette Scholarship Fund at George Stevens Academy, 23 Union Street, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Buck Newell on 18th March 2014

"Thought about Jim throughout yesterday, March 17, 2014 (St. Paddy's Day and Jim's birthday.) He was born a week before I was. So, if he were around, I'd now be reminding him loudly that he was in his (gasp!) seventies, while I was still in my sixties. I'm sure Jim would simply smile and say, "Wait a few days. Then you can join the adults.""

This tribute was added by Jeff Carey on 18th October 2013

"Sandy Martin, Alonzo Clark and I had dinner a few weeks ago and took turn telling Modisette Jokes. We talked about the many years we were all at LAYC and what fun we had. Talked about the Bahamas Thanksgiving, and what good hosts Roth and Jim were.
As they say...gone but definitely not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Paul Trowbridge on 10th May 2013

"I passed by the entrance to Jim and Roth's house the other day and noticed the riot of daffodils by the road and remembered seeing Jim digging there and all over the place with his tractor toy to plant those daffodils. A beautiful thing to leave for the rest of us."

This tribute was added by victoria bonebakker on 9th May 2013

"Erno and I just learned of Jim's death and are so sad and shocked to think his always cheery presence is with us no more.  We were all transplants from Pasadena to Maine, a strong bond. Our greatest sympathy and best wishes to Roth and JM."

This tribute was added by Linda Benoit on 22nd April 2013

"My husband Todd and I first encountered Jim as clients in 1997 in Maine. I was still in the military serving in Maryland. We had encountered problems with a vicious family member with property that had been in my mother-in-laws family since the 1700s. Todd and I don't have a lot of money to speak of but Jim never treated us any differently than his wealthy clients. I call him our "Adicus"."

This tribute was added by Buck Newell on 20th January 2013

"I believe I first "met" Jim in approx. 1961 when he played DB for the Flintridge Prep Highlanders in La Canada, Ca. I played receiver for arch rival Chadwick School. Good chance Jim tackled me (cleanly, of course) after my only reception. Later, we were law partners for years when Jim introduced me to the annual stag cruise held on Catalina Island.  He is much missed by Judy and me."

This tribute was added by Paul Trowbridge on 9th November 2012

"I added a few photos of Jim at the Castine regatta in 2007.  It was a specticle of bright colors, festive boats, and lots of kids. Jim was zooming around organizing and helping.  I was and am impressed by his ability to organize and support the high school sailing team at George Stevens Academy.  He obviously loved it and his enthusiasm was contagious. He is missed. My best to Roth and JM."

This tribute was added by Elaine Tucker on 6th November 2012

"I'll remember and honor Jim for his generosity, his uflagging good humor and his immense pride in and love for Ruth and JM. He was first in line to lend a hand, learn something new and celebrate the good times. A life ended too soon."

This tribute was added by Rich Gurin on 2nd November 2012

"Working with Jim on the creation and implementation of KSEA was a pleasure. Collaborating with Jim on KYC was fun. Cruising with Jim and Roth was a joy. Knowing Jim was great. Being his friend was an honor.
He will be missed but never forgotten.
Rich & Susie"

This tribute was added by Christopher Rynne on 31st October 2012

"I have fond memories of Jim and the many conversations we had on the docks supporting JM and Patrick during their high school and collegiate sailing.  Always smiling - a really good guy!

Christopher W Rynne MD
Scituate, MA"

This tribute was added by Ann Sterling on 29th October 2012

"Godspeed Jim.  We miss you.  Thank you for being a good friend, a good neighbour and a warm, caring person.  Our heartfelt condolences to Ruth and JM.
Ann and Andrew"

This tribute was added by April Burke-Briggs on 29th October 2012

"I have known Jim and his family for almost 25 years.  He lit up every room that he ever entered. I looked forward to seeing them every year when they came home to Maine, before they moved here permenantly. Such a sad loss and a life taken way to soon.  Thinking of you all..."

This tribute was added by Deborah Little on 27th October 2012

"Dear Roth and JM,  I was so sad to hear the news.  Jim was such a wonderful presence at KYC and especially with KSEA - he escorted KSEA into existence.  He will be missed.  Love to you both.  Deborah"

This tribute was added by Judith Walsh on 27th October 2012

"John and I got to know Jim through my friendship with Ruth, and we enjoyed many great times visiting them, mainly in Hopetown.  Jim was a kind and generous soul, and very outgoing,  On our various outings, it seemed he either knew everyone he met, or if not would introduce himself and immediately add a new friend.  He left us all too soon.  Our deepest sympathy to Ruth, JM and Mora."

This tribute was added by Isla Miller on 23rd October 2012

"Out of pure coincidence, Jim was one of the first people to welcome me home to Maine and into the KYC family.  Always ready with a smile and story, true blue and rock solid, funny, direct, devoted to everyone and everything he believed in.  A chance meeting in the Fox Island Thoroughfare led to a treasured friendship with Jim and Ruth.  We are lucky to have known him. ~ Isla & Andrew"

This tribute was added by Fran Charles on 23rd October 2012

"Jim was such a supportive guy with an uncanny amount of common sense and great judgement. Every conversation which I had with him I remember clearly how much humor he had with so many things in life. His only concern upon visiting MIT was that JM was having fun. Clearly he knew better than anyone else how tough JM could be on himself."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Trowbridge on 23rd October 2012

"Jim was a supportive part of my family while Marisol was in high school & college with JM.  Jim provided her with fatherly guidance.  She was one of the many young people Jim mentored, influenced & drove around the country on sailing trips.  I will forever be grateful for the good experiences he brought into my family's life.  I will miss his cheery hellos & his presence at GSA gatherings."

This tribute was added by Aletha Langham on 23rd October 2012

"Jim always had a smile and a story - we will miss him walking Beau down the lane in Hopetown.  We will miss him at the KYC and Marlintini's.  We will just miss him.  
Our deepest sympathy to Roth, JM and Beau.  Rich and Aletha"

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