L. James Santerre died unexpectedly at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 24, 2016. He was 77.

He is survived by his loving wife Anne. James was a lifelong summer resident of Bayside in Northport.

A successful and creative businessman, he complimented his productive work life pursuing many passions. An avid sailor, skier, equestrian and fisherman, he was comfortable in many natural settings especially on the water of Penobscot Bay.

A student and admirer of history, architecture and art, James in partnership with his wife Anne, surrounded their every day lives with tasteful beauty, which they openly and joyfully shared with family and friends.

He enjoyed being a steward for antique cars, buildings, landscaping, and boats. He always seemed to have a restoration or construction project in the works that provided him satisfaction on multiple fronts, including championing the artisans with whom he collaborated.

James was tolerant and creative. He loved to read and was a committed lifelong learner. He had a penchant and youthful curiosity for new technologies and current events. He was an active trustee and advisor of his alma mater Franklin Pierce University.

Jim’s perspective and wisdom were sought after and appreciated by many of his family and friends. His inherent skills as a mentor were bolstered by his trademark calm demeanor and empathetic listening skills. James (Jim, Jimmy) was loved and fondly admired and will be missed by many.

A celebration of his life will be held in Maine this summer.