James E. Maveety

James “Jim” Eddy Maveety of Vineyard Haven died Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Falmouth Hospital. He was 69 years old.

Jim was born as a twin on March 4, 1941, in Lewiston, Me., to the late Hazel (Eddy) and Glen Maveety. Jim’s father worked for the government and the family moved frequently, living in many states before Jim graduated from Las Cruces, N.M., High School.

As a young man, Jim worked in several hospitals on the south shore as an orderly. Jim always spoke about the patients he helped.

Jim was married to Carole (Ward) in 1968. They had two children, Melinda and Kimberly, and lived in Marshfield until their divorce in 1978.

Jim belonged to the Marshfield United Methodist Church and loved singing in the choir. He also enjoyed playing cribbage and sci-fi movies.

Jim drove tractor-trailer trucks for many years before settling in Quartzsite, Ariz., where he lived for 15 years.He moved to the Vineyard in 2005 to be closer to his family.

Jim is survived by his twin brother, Guy, of Palm Harbor, Fla., his two daughters, Melinda and Kimberly, four grandchildren, Allyssa Maveety, David and Jason Millen, and Ethan Lefebvre, also by his former wife Carole, all of Vineyard Haven, and by his many friends from Arizona.

A memorial service attended by his family was held on Monday, August 9, 2010. Arrangements under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral home, Oak Bluffs.