Obituary: James Lawrence Burgess – Portland Press Herald


James Lawrence Burgess

NORTH YARMOUTH – James Lawrence Burgess. Jim died at his home in North Yarmouth after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Bath to Charles L. Burgess, Jr. and Dolores R. Burgess, one of three sons. Childhood summers were spent enjoying wonderful times at their family cottage on the New Meadows River. Along with his father and brothers, Jim worked at the family business at Burgess Markets in Bath and Brunswick. Jim was a standout athlete at Morse High School participating in football, baseball and wrestling. Jim excelled at wrestling and was most proud when he became Maine State Champion in 1973 for his weight class in his senior year. Jim attended the University of Maine at Orono graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance. While at the University, Jim was very active in Student Government and was elected Treasurer by his peers. Along with many of his childhood friends, Jim was accepted into the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In his senior year he was named a Senior Skull, a senior honor society for academics and all around campus contributions. Jim graduated in 1977 and worked for Loiselle Accounting in Bangor in public accounting. He passed his CPA exam in the spring of 1978 and then went on to attend Bentley College and graduated in 1980 with a Masters of Science in Taxation. While in Massachusetts, Jim worked for T.C. Edwards in Boston in audit and public accounting as well as working at Star Markets in Waltham. Jim returned to Maine in late 1979 to open Burgess Market, a convenience store in Yarmouth and became the third generation to carry on the family business. In 1980 Jim settled in Cumberland and began his family raising three sons, Christopher, Matthew and Andrew. Jim owned and operated several convenience stores in the area including Yarmouth, West Cumberland, Pownal, North Freeport and enjoyed collaborations with his father and brother at the original Burgess Market in Bath.Like his father, Jim had a keen eye for a good deal and enjoyed the hunt for real estate that could benefit from key improvements. Jim interests moved from owning and managing convenience stores to property management. He owned many properties in Southern Maine over the years. Jim was known for being a very smart and frugal man who liked doing things his way. He helped many of his tenants who needed a hand up, not a hand out. One day in 1997, Jim picked up a golf club for the first time. He developed a passion for the sport and it became an important part of his life and he especially enjoyed playing with his three sons any chance they could get together.Jim and Meredith divorced and a new page was turned in Jim’s life. Jim met Mary Ellen Morgan in 2006 and their mutual interest in real estate, hiking and travel brought them together. Mary Ellen would accompany Jim when…



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