ROCHESTER - James (Jimmy, Jim ) N. Avery, 66, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He died in the comfort of his own home with his family by his side.
Jim was born on Oct. 19, 1956, at the York Harbor hospital in York, Maine. He is predeceased by his parents, Nelson R. Avery and Ruth Hartford Avery. He leaves behind his wife of 37 years Terry (Twombly) Avery along with his four adult children, lan A. Avery of Rochester, Erica R. Avery of Travelers Rest, S.C., Miranda E Avery of Rochester, and Kristina C. Avery of Rochester. He is survived by several of his beloved cousins, some whom he felt were considered his own siblings - Penny Moulton and Nancy Moulton.
Jim grew up in Rochester and attended the local schools from elementary school to high school. He also studied several semesters at the University of New Hampshire. He had an unwavering love for sports even at an early age. Jim had a monumental passion for playing baseball and football with his cousin Steve Moulton and other close friends wherever they could find an open field. A majority of his childhood had been spent with his close cousins. He and his friends were reminiscent of the "little rascals" where they played army and created hideouts all throughout downtown.
Jim enjoyed studying academics. Mentioning that some of his favorite studies included math, art, writing, history and English literature. Notably, he won an award for one of his drawings, which had later been mentioned in the local newspaper. He couldn't decide if he wanted to be a veterinarian or a writer later on in his professional career.
Jim's mentor and father (Nelson) wanted Jim to learn and obtain the skillset to become the "backyard mechanic". From his father's influence, Jim had found his love for sports cars and other vehicles alike. His favorite sports car had been the 1969 metallic green Pontiac Lemans However, in the early 1980's, he had made a 1979 black Camaro into his own rendition of the popular "knight rider" car.
Jim's other interests included comic books, collecting record albums, and baseball hats; but most of all, no one can forget his love for his dogs. Jim always viewed dogs as being part of the family. He believed and would always say, "a dog is for life, you have them for a short time in your life-span so treat them like family." His dogs were his companions throughout his life and were by his side until the end. They will always remain in his heart and alongside his survived family.
It must not go without mention, Jim's overall work ethic, from his teenage years and throughout his entire career, had been hard-working, determined, and tirelessly providing for his family. He had experience in various work environments. Some of which included J.J. Nissen Baking Company, Country Kitchen Baking Company, Fidelity Investments, (where he also became an enrolled agent and mentor to his colleagues), H&R Block, Titeflex, and last of all Safran Aerospace Composites.