Phillip A. Jura, 29, died unexpectedly Dec. 17, 2009, at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.

Born in Rockport on Feb. 1, 1980, he lived in Midcoast Maine his entire life. Phillip was a 1998 graduate of Medomak Valley High School. For over 10 years, he was employed as a corrections officer at Maine State Prison. Friends and co-workers affectionately referred to him as “Peanut.”

Phillip enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. He first deer was a monster buck at age 13, and his second was this past hunting season. He also enjoyed bowling, watching the Patriots and trail-riding his all-terrain vehicle with family and friends. He was always willing to help someone out when they needed a hand. He loved life and joked around with anyone he met. He truly was one of those people known as larger than life.

Phillip will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Arianna Joy Jura of Rockport and Makennah Brianne Jura of Waldoboro; his loving companion, Nastassja Nichols of Waldoboro; his mother, Linda J. Jura and her companion Wayne Jackson of Union; his father, Erik E. Jura and his wife, Michelle, of Cushing; his sister, Jennifer J. Jura and her fiancé Shawn Kaler of Friendship; his brother, Andrew D. Jura of Union; his stepbrother, Shane C. Lavoie of Cushing and Aaron K. Lavoie and his companion Barbie Louder of Waldoboro; his grandparents, Arthur and Joyce Jura of Union, Doris and Nathan Beal of Union, and Richard and Beverly Paine of Augusta; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

Family and friends are invited to visit Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where a celebration of his life will follow at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jura Children Trust, c/o Norton & Masters, CPA, Attn: Dennis Norton, P.O. Box 876, Rockland, ME 04841.