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ANDOVER: Mr. James A. Demers, 70, passed on November 18. He was a lifelong resident of Andover and beloved son of Mildred C. (Reed) Demers of New Portland, Maine, and the late Leo A. Demers. He was born in Taunton, Mass., on August 26, 1945.

Mr. Demers was a graduate of Andover High School, Class of 1964, where he enjoyed playing football. He enlisted in the Army during Vietnam on July 27, 1964, and served with the Third Battalion, 12th Regiment, of the Fourth Infantry Division when he sustained severe wounds. He was awarded two purple hearts and also the Bronze Star. He received his honorable discharge February 24, 1969. Mr. Demers was a true war hero.

In civilian life, James worked as a custodian for the Town of Andover for many years. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Amanda J. Demers; siblings, Robert F. and his wife, Leslee Demers of Andover, Keneth A. Demers of Derry, N.H., Roger R. and his wife, Patricia Demers of Sandown, N.H., Ronald J. and his partner, John J. Demers of New Portland, Maine, Donna M. and her husband, Ronald Hajj of Andover, and the late Leo M. Demers. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and dear friends, John Doherty, Lesley Carlson, Michael O'Neill and Michael Burke.

His funeral service was celebrated in the Christ Church, 33 Central Street, Andover on Monday, November 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. Calling hours were held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, on Sunday, November 22, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. Donations in James' memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For additional information, please visit www.burkemagliozzi.com.
Published on  November 22, 2015
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