US Navy


James Carmon Monroe

1945 - 2021



Wishing James Monroe fair winds and following seas as he departs this great Earth.  An avid sailor, James spent many enjoyable summers plying the coastal waters of Maine in old sailboats that he had meticulously restored and maintained. 

A businessman, innovator, and entrepreneur, he was well-known for his keen engineering acumen and common-sense approach to finding practical solutions to everyday problems.  He founded multiple companies in diverse industries ranging from bank vault and equipment installation to more recently, exploring opportunities in marine technology space.  

He was born in Portville, New York on August 24, 1945 to parents Richard and Theresa (Warren) Monroe.  After attending local schools upstate New York, James enlisted in the United States Navy as an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician.

While in the Navy, James served as an aircrewman aboard S-2 aircraft based on the carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in Quonset R.I.  Notably, James served on capsule recovery missions for the Gemini space program.

While stationed in Rhode Island, he met his wife of 53 years, Fran (Baginski) Monroe.   Ultimately, relocating to Maine, James graduated Westbrook College with a degree in business.  The couple settled in Gray and raised a son, retired Navy CDR Christopher Monroe who resides in Whitefield, Maine and daughter, LT Tricia (Monroe) Dau, USNR inactive who lives in Bowdoinham, Maine.   Both developed a keen interest in the ocean and pursued careers in the maritime industry because of Jim.

He is predeceased by his parents, brother Thomas Monroe, and sister Judith VanDruff.

James is also survived by three grandchildren, Thomas Dau, Alexander Dau, and Alyssa Dau.  

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta Maine. 


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Carol, Dick and Raymond and families.

July 15, 2021 9:42 AM

Mon, Dad, Tom and Judy will be welcoming Jim with open arms. Reunited, free from cares and pain.
Carol, Dick and Raymond and families.

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Ray, Patty, TJ, Michael, and Forrest

July 21, 2021 3:21 PM

I will forever hear Uncle Jim's voice in my head, telling a funny story, laughing, and enjoying life. We all grew up together - Dick and Raymond, Terry Sheila and Diana, Tricia and Cristopher. Frozen in time are those weeks we spent in Portville, Cuba Maine, and Saranac Lake together - the way an extended family should be - sharing good times, spending time together - life full of love.

We'll miss you Uncle Jim, say hi to Aunt Judy, My Dad, Grandma and Gramps - we will all be reunited one day and relive those cherished times together. 

Michael F Nolan

July 21, 2021 10:18 AM

James Carmon (Stumpy) Monroe:

Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate. We have the watch.

Dick, Robin & family

July 21, 2021 6:15 AM

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of family trips to Maine to visit "Uncle Jim" & family & go out on the ocean on Uncle Jim's boat . Thoughts, prayers & condolences.
Dick, Robin & family

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Sue Walls

July 15, 2021 5:12 PM

My sincere heartfelt condolences to the Monroe family. Jim was a great man and will be missed. Sending a hug to you Fran.. So sorry.

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