LINCOLNVILLE — Jamie Clark Cole, 58, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 22, 2022. He was born May 13, 1964, in Annapolis, Md., the son of Katherine (Davidson) and John Owen Cole.

Jamie, who most recently resided in Lincolnville, is survived by his two sons, Stuart and James; his mother Kate; sister Molly (Chock Griebel); brothers Mark (Karen), Matt (Frances), Chapman (Pam), Ben and Owen (Joy); nine nieces and nephews; four great-nieces and one great-nephew; and the mother of his children, Martha Conway-Cole; as well as many cherished cousins and friends.

Jamie will be affectionately remembered for his gifts of storytelling, his devotion to elderly friends, family and neighbors, and his ability to build and repair most things. Jamie had an infectious sense of humor and could regale life’s simple episodes with insights (and impersonations) that were legend in his family. He was a truly kind gentleman and a beloved father.

Jamie’s greatest joy was spending time with his sons in Rangeley, Moosehead, and Baxter State Park hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, and cross-country skiing. He was an avid reader of historical nonfiction and was knowledgeable about events that shaped the world. This reinforced his profound love for being in the remotest parts of Maine where he aspired to settle someday.

Jamie was born and raised in Annapolis, MD., amongst a large extended family with his maternal grandparents and three other families of first cousins living close by. He learned his outstanding building skills initially in his brothers’ construction business and went on to work in several fine carpentry positions, including historical home preservation for several years in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

He and his former wife then settled in Belfast in the 1990s where they raised their two boys and he established himself as a contractor working in numerous ventures, including owning and operating a successful business before transitioning to being an independent contractor.

For the past year, Jamie was working in Searsmont where he designed and converted a living space over the garage of one of his five brothers, with whom he spent countless hours working and talking about all things family, outdoors and retirement-related. Importantly, he has been the caretaker for his mother Kate for the past 20 years, ensuring that she was comfortable in her old farmhouse and could transition through the seasons, and handle the modern adaptations of living in a 200-year-old home with all its idiosyncrasies. She always marveled at his ability to diagnose and remedy the mechanical challenges that seemed to endlessly present themselves. He will be missed dearly by all.

A celebration of his life will be held at the United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Friends of Baxter State Park.  Memories and condolences may be shared ripostafh.com.

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