July 26, 1947 – November 16, 2022
James A. Eldridge, Sr. of Carlisle, died at the age of 75 surrounded by loving family on November 16, 2022. He was born on July 26, 1947 to the late Roy and Jean (Campbell) Eldridge of Center Ossipee, NH , born a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Nancy M. (Shearer) Eldridge, who died in 2016; four siblings: Chet Eldridge, Elaine Clancy, George Eldridge and Steve Eldridge; a nephew, Matt Eldridge and a niece, Jessica Nelson.
Jim is survived by his three children: Jennifer Nori, James (Melissa) Eldridge, Jr. and Kimberly (Bradley) Adams, all of Carlisle; eight grandchildren: Hannah Nori, Garrett Nori, William, Bruce, Remi, Peyton, Brantley and Waylon; three siblings: Gloria (Peter) Hoag of Sandwich, NH, Michael (Cheryl) Eldridge of Effingham, NH, and Ruthann (Barry) Nelson of Ossipee, NH; many nieces and nephews; and a “brother by another mother” Ron (Ruthie) Shughart of Carlisle.
After graduating from high school, Jim proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard. During his service, Jim received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device. He volunteered to extend his enlistment by four months to serve during the Vietnam War. During his service, Jim worked in firefighting and gun assembly.
After leaving service, Jim was a lumberjack in New Hampshire, working in construction and driving trucks. He retired from OvernightPS in 2012 after around 23 years. He enjoyed fishing, lottery tickets, westerns, his cowboy boots and frequented the Fairground Diner in Carlisle. He was passionate about motorcycles (Harley Davidson, of course) and was a member of the Motorcycle Riders Club of America. Jim was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
There will be a friends’ gathering on Monday, November 28 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the chapel at the Nickel Lochstamp for Family Funeral Home, Inc. in Loysville. The memorial service will be held immediately after the Friends meeting at 1:00 p.m. and will be led by Pastor Rafe Sanderson. Inurnement with military honors is held at the Restland Cemetery. If you have pictures of Jim, please bring them to the friends’ meeting. The family asks that you add your photo to the blank photo board provided for family and friends to enjoy.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society online at https://donate3.cancer.org or by calling 800-227-2345.
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