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.