James F. Batty

Feb 14, 2020
James F. Batty

Owls Head — James F. Batty died Feb. 1 in the early morning hours of his 76th birthday.

Born to Fredrick and Mable (Monroe) Batty, Jim grew up, raised by and worked near his home town of Owl's Head.

His reputation as a skilled mechanic was established during his 18 year employment at Sear's, a reputation that earned him future jobs at Shepard Chevrolet and Atwood Lobster Pound, and more lastingly, the distinction of being a "fixer of all things," especially antiques.

Old cars were his specialty, having a large collection of enviably restored older models. Cars were not his only interest. His love of -- and talent for -- fixing things led him to be remembered as a collector, not only of cars but coins, clocks and he had many other interesting hobbies.

An avid sportsman, Jim won many awards for archery, fishing and car shows.

Jim is survived by his wife -- and caregiver at home for two years -- of 53 years, Estelle Davies Batty; one sister Eleanor Carpenter and her husband, Doug; four children being his sons David and James Batty Jr. of Warren, and daughters Ellen and Debra and her husband, Al; and seven grandchildren including Robert Batty, who lives with his grandmother.

He also leaves behind two brothers-in-law Lawrence Davis, from Florida, Lloyd Davies and his wife, Hilda, from Conn.; sister-in-law Diane from Sanford and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim will be remembered for his love of family, dogs and flea markets. His many friends who shared his passion for cars, fishing, archery and hunting will miss his humor, his pursuit of 'treasures' and his ability to repair anything.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association.

There will be a celebration of life at a time and date to be announced by his family later this year.

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