Mark’s brother James has been dealing with cancer for a couple of years.  After a while it seemed he was doing pretty good.  Unfortunately, he was no longer well enough to fight it any longer.  On Thursday August 27th James died.  Please pray for Mark’s mom and family as we all grieve the loss of a son, brother, and friend.


James A. Hancock, 59, died of cancer on Aug. 27, 2020, at Seaport Village in Ellsworth. He was born Nov. 30, 1960, in Ellsworth, the son of James B. Hancock and Jill (Kelley) Banks.

James graduated from Ellsworth High School, Class of 1979. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 20, 1979, until Nov. 10, 1983. He served during the Hostage Crisis and with a rank of HTFN.

James worked many years as a welder in both South Portland and Brewer. He worked for several years at Megquier and Jones Inc. of South Portland and also at J.D.S. in Southwest Harbor and later in Brewer. He returned to Megquier and Jones Inc., finishing his work career at Casco Bay Steel in South Portland from 2015 to August 2020.

James is survived by his mother, Jill E. (Kelley) Banks, of Hancock, and his sister Elizabeth (Hancock) and Daniel Zacharias of Missouri, Mark and Becky Hancock of New York and Sheryl (Hancock) and Steven Edgecomb of Hancock. He is also survived by his stepsister, Diane (Banks), and Michael Shaw of Massachusetts. 

James was predeceased by his father, James B. Hancock (1994), of Panama and his stepfather, Samuel A. Banks (2018), of Hancock.

James had many special friends from Bayside Road, Ellsworth, and Franklin, particularly Spring and Mark Lurvey of Franklin. He had many friends from his time in South Portland and Durham, particularly Lisa and Todd Peterson of Durham. They made a second home for James. He also made many friends at his Casco Bay Steel family.

A celebration of life will be held in late November at a to be determined time and place. In lieu of flowers, gifts in James’s memory may be made to Wycliffe Associates, (Mo 8235) at P.O. Box 620143, Orlando, FL 32862.

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