James “Jim” L. Laurita, D.V.M., 56, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, while caring for his beloved elephants, Rosie and Opal in Hope. A complete obituary will be published later.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Knox County Ballroom at the Samoset Resort. Memorial gifts may be made to Hope Elephants, P.O. Box 2025, Hope, ME 04847.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.