James A. “Big Jim” Howard - age 77, of Ginger Place, died unexpectedly, at his home on March 12, 2020. He was born in Vassalboro, Maine on March 8, 1943. His parents were Harlow and Glenora L. (Glidden) Howard.
Prior to his retirement, Jim was employed for 30 years as a heavy equipment operator by Williams Construction, later known as Ferraiolo Construction and subsequently State Paving.
Jim enjoyed the outdoors and found contentment watching wildlife and grooming trails. With an affinity for cars, Jim joined the Northeast Cruisers Car Club and Maine Street Machines. Jim never met a stranger, he could strike up a conversation with anyone and never ran out of things to say.
Big Jim was predeceased by his parents, and by a son, Eddie Tourigny.
Surviving is his wife , Helen (Edwards) Perry of Sidney, ME.; two sons: James G. Howard of Topsham, ME., and Ray Tourigny of Durham, ME.; three daughters: Pamela Ann Yenco of West Bowdoin, ME., Ginger Howard of Thomaston, ME. and Lori Padden of Hallowell, ME.; a nephew, Walter “Gator” Willey of Fairfield, ME.; eight grandsons: Mark A. Padilla of Kingsland, GA., Parker J. Howard of Topsham, ME., Tyler J. Howard of Patchogue, NY., Joshua N. Underhill of Gardiner, ME., Jesse S. Tozier of Augusta, ME., Kameron J. Tourigny of New Port Richey, FL., Samuel R. Tourigny of Durham, ME., and Camden E. Tourigny of Durham, ME.; two granddaughters: Brooke N. Howard of Topsham, ME., and Kalie A. Tourigny of Augusta, ME.; seven great grandchildren and a loving Bruno Howard.
Words from his wife: “Big Jim, I will love you and miss you forever! -Your Babe” .
WHEN I LOST YOU
I wish I could see you one more time,
Come walking through the door…
But I know that is impossible
I will hear your voice no more.
I know you can feel my tears
And you don’t want me to cry,
Yet my heart is broken because
I can’t understand why someone
So precious had to die.
I pray that God will give me strength
And somehow get me through…
As I struggle with the heartache
That came When I Lost You.
There are no public visiting hours and no public funeral services scheduled. Memorial donations can be made to your local Humane Society. A Celebration of life to be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta, Maine.