WALPOLE, N.H. – James “Jim” L. Chandler, 61, of Thompson Road, passed away peacefully on Sept. 29, 2017, in his home, surrounded by family, after a
battle with COPD and lung cancer. He was born Jan. 6, 1956 to Gilbert and Grace (MacNevin) Chandler of Walpole. Jim attended Walpole grade schools and graduated Fall Mountain Regional High School, Class of 1974. He spent three years in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, where he married his wife, Gerry Hill Latham, on Aug. 15, 1975. After the service he worked at Central Screw, Findings of Keene, N.H.; ABEX in Salisbury, N.C.; and Fulflex of Brattleboro, Vt.
Jim loved his special times with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing horseshoes. One of his fondest memories, thanks to Al Kittredge of Fayetteville, N.C., was salmon fishing in Alaska and hunting in Martinsville, Va., where, one year, he harvested three deer in two days.
Jim is survived by his mother, Grace Chandler of Walpole; his wife, Gerry Chandler of Walpole; daughters Donna Latham and husband Rob Schneider of Bellingham, Mass., and Tammy Blake and husband Roy of Swanzey, N.H.; his siblings, Lee Cooper and Mark of Tulsa, Okla.; John Chandler and Ann of Worcester, Mass.; Jerry Chandler and Susan of Keene, N.H.; Tamara Chandler of Walpole; and Brian Chandler and Sandy of Hillsborough, N.C. as well as grandchildren Cori Hildreth and Kevin of Westmoreland, N.H.; Joshua Watson and Jamie of Gilsum, N.H.; Danielle Southwell of Brattleboro, Vt.; Jaime Pearsall and Jim of Keene, N.H.; Deanna Savola and Marc of Troy, N.H.; great-grandchildren Anna and Liam Hildreth, Troy and Cole Rabold, Andrea and Jenna Pearsall, Emma, Courtney, and Alex Savola; his aunt Ruth and uncle John Ramsey of Walpole and uncle William Winslow of Seekonk, Mass.; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Gilbert, and his son, Marshall Latham.
Special thanks to his friends and classmates for all their love and support.
Per Jim’s wishes, there will be no service. There will be a celebration of his life on Oct. 21, 2017, at his home, 93 Thompson Road, Walpole, N.H.
Donations may be made to Walpole Fire and EMS; FMRHS Class of 1974 c/o Sharon Brookes, P.O. Box 201, Walpole, NH 03608; or to the “Be The Change” Fund to help children in the Fall Mountain School District.