WATERVILLE -- James E. "Jim" Byther, 56, of Winslow, passed away Feb. 6, 2013, with his loving family by his side at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Unit. He was born in Millinocket on Sept. 31, 1956, a son of Kirkland and Josephine (Moran) Byther.
He graduated from Stearns High School, class of 1975, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He went to work for the state in September 1976; there he worked for the Office of Information Technology as a senior informant support specialist. His boss, Sharon Horn, was quoted as saying, "Jim was a reliable, valuable and an employee with a wealth of knowledge that is not replaceable." He was also a member of National Association of Amateur Radio. Jim had a great love for big dogs, and was very family oriented. Jim was a very loving, caring and supportive man.
Jim was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Harvey Byther; and his beloved Newfoundland dog, Og. He is survived by his loving wife, Pat Byther; a stepdaughter, Michelle Hudson; a sister, Cora MacDonald; a niece, P.J. Byther; and his beloved cat, Amun Ra. He will also be sadly missed by a very special friend, Bruce Leavitt.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations in Jim's memory to the
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville; www.veilleuxfuner alhome.com.