MEREDITH — James “Jim” Asa Rushton, 83, of Meredith, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2017 with his family surrounding him after a period of declining health. Jim was born on Nov. 17, 1934, in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Asa Bradley and Martha Marie (Main) Rushton.
At the age of 21, Jim was recruited by the Bartlett Tree Company to come to New Hampshire to remove trees for the power company. He, along with four other men, lived at VanDyne’s Boarding House in Meredith. It was there in Meredith that he met his wife of 58 years Marilyn (Pickering) Rushton.
For the rest of his life, Jim lived, worked and raised his family in Meredith. He worked until his official retirement for the local lumber yard under its many owners: Prescott Lumber, Gerrity and Middleton. Never one to be idle, Jim could be seen working and serving at his local church, getting mail for the Meredith Fire Department and ladies at the public library, and in his later life, he also worked with his son-in-law at the Meredith Center Store.
Jim’s greatest pride was serving as a volunteer fireman for the Meredith Volunteer Fire Department for more than 40 years.
Jim was a simple, quiet man who loved the Lord and his family deeply. He was a hard worker who never complained about anything. He was grateful for all of life’s simple pleasures and his family will miss his quiet chuckles and his quick wit.
Surviving family members include his wife, Marilyn of Meredith; his son, Bradley Rushton and his wife Patricia of Meredith; his daughter, Diana Ladd and her husband Barry of Meredith; grandson, Stephen Rushton and his wife Caitlin and their children Aubrey and Bennett of Laconia; granddaughter, Kimberly Taggett her husband Charles, and their children Bailey and Adalyn of Laconia; and grandson, Craig Ladd of Concord. He is also survived by a brother, Elmer Rushton of Alberta, Canada.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at Mayhew Funeral Home, Route 3 and 104, Meredith, from 10 a.m. to noon. A funeral service will follow at noon. The Rev. Michael Rattin, pastor of the Faith Baptist Church, in Hollis and former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Meredith, will officiate. Spring burial will be held in Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wamesit Engine Company, P.O. Box 494, Meredith, NH 03253.
To sign Jim’s Book of memories, see www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.