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James Roland Michaud

06/27/1943 - 12/05/2021

James Roland Michaud, 78, born to Violet and Real Michaud in Waterville, Maine on June 27, 1943, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2021 in Queen Creek, Arizona, with Cheryl his beloved wife of 55 years by his side.

James, known by family and friends as Jimmy or Jim, was a quiet unassuming man, the gentlest soul you could ever hope to know. Always with a beaming smile, childlike humor and deep wisdom, Jim had a heart of gold. He was a wonderfully devoted husband and father, who patiently and unselfishly cared for and supported his family. He dedicated 45 years as a United States Postal Service letter carrier, transferring twice to relocate with his family to California then Arizona. Jim’s family also included two cats Abby and Zena, who he adored; and in the last few years Zena became a constant and watchful companion, sleeping by Jim’s side every night until she passed in August 2020. Jim was a faithful friend who always had time to listen, and he made a lasting impression on all who knew him. Jim had many interests, but he most enjoyed time with his family and friends; and his last couple years were especially meaningful, spending time with his best buddy Herschel. Jim had a great love and appreciation for music, which he passed along to his children and grandson; in the late ‘50s and early ’60s Jim was a member of the music group Tommy and the Tones, named after his lifelong friend and bandmate Tom York. Jim’s love of music gave him tremendous joy and comfort in his final decade of life as he endured Alzheimer’s with gentle strength and courage, aided by Cheryl’s unwavering love and care.

James is survived by his loving wife Cheryl; son Randy and grandson Christopher; daughter Jennifer and partner Travis; sister Marcella; father-in-law George; sister-in-law Hollee and husband Everett; brother-in-law Garry and wife Kathy; nieces Debi, Cyndi and husband Jacques, Karen and husband Keith; nephews Danny and partner Cathy, and Garry Jr. and wife Bonnie. He is predeceased by his parents Violet and Real; mother-in-law Carmen; father-in-law Victor and wife Lorette; brother-in-law Robert (Bobby); daughter-in-law Michelle; and nephew-in-law Jim. It was James’ wish to be cremated, and his ashes will be laid to rest privately in a family plot at St. Francis Cemetery in Waterville, Maine. Jim will be greatly missed, and he will remain in the hearts of his loved ones always.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to be made in James behalf to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or The Arizona Humane Society.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.

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  • Garry & Kathleen Libby

    So many wonderful memories of this gentle and kind man. God Speed Jim and God Bless.

  • My dearest Jim… I miss you more than words can say and I can’t imagine my life without you in it. You will always be in my mind and in my heart forever. Feeling your presence around me helps bring me peace and gives me the strength and courage to go on. You are now and will always be the love of my life. RIP my sweet, sweet love until we are together again for eternity.

  • Karen and David Hendrickson

    We are blessed to have known Jim. God will have a special place for him in Heaven and the music will be divine!

  • David Hendrickson

    Jim was a good man that I had the pleasure to call my friend. We had good times and lots of laughs with Jim and Cheryl. Jim will remain in our hearts forever. Cheryl we pray for you. Hope to see you soon. David & Karen

  • Ken and Diane Barrett

    We were so fortunate to meet Jim and Cheryl, Jim was already into his disease but we could still enjoy his company and wit. Just love you both and so happy to have shared our time together.

  • I’m so sorry to hear this news but I will remember Jim so fondly. He was always so sweet to me when I’d visit with Jen for a pool party or Christmas tortiere (meat) pie with your family. I’m sending peace to you all ❤️

  • Tom and June York

    Jim was my was my wonderful friend since childhood and my musical partner. He was kind, fun, and a good man. Jim was very easygoing and in all our years together, we never had one disagreement. He was not only the best friend you could ever have, he was a loving and outstanding husband, father and pep. He will be solely missed and forever loved. Tom and June

  • I love and miss you Dad more than words can express…you were the most wonderful Dad I could have ever wished for in this or any other life💕

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