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.