BRISTOL — James "Jamie, Jim" H. Van Keuren, Jr. 59, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born June 24, 1954 in Waterville, ME, the son of James H. and Arline (Fadden) Van Keuren, Sr.
Jim graduated high school, while working full time at Dunkin Donuts, in 1972 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1978 as a Corporal and having received medals for Sharpshooting and Good Conduct. He then tried professional boxing, but his 0-3 record prompted him to open his own business; Illusions, in Franklin, NH, a roller rink and arcade.
Jim then successively worked in forensics at NH Hospital and Lakes Region Community Services, after which he climbed the ladder to become a chimney sweep and opened Ye Olde Sweepes in 1991. He was well respected in the chimney sweep community and was President of the NH Assoc. of Chimney Professionals.
He then became involved with real estate and renovated several homes, culminating in building his own home "Curmudgeon's Castle", where he spent his last years enjoying his home and time with his family.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 20 years, Jo Ellen Divoll; son and daughter-in-law Jaime and Melisa Van Keuren and granddaughter, Meara all of Bristol, NH; foster son Matt Stover of Bristol, NH daughters Lisa MacFarlane and Dawn Vancamp of Connecticut and Shannon Van Keuren of New Jersey; two sisters Leslie Petersen of Fr. Worth, TX and Ethel Noiles of Maine; two brothers Philip Van Keuren of Franklin, NH and Raymond Noiles of Portsmouth, NH; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Calling Hours will be Saturday, November 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main Street, Bristol. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at his home, 136 Ernest Drive in Bristol, NH.
Jim's family would like to thank Lakes Region Family Practice, Newfound Area Nursing Association and Franklin Savings Bank's Bristol office for their kind care.