OLD TOWN – Joseph James Hampel passed away quietly March 14, 2008, in his home, with his wife of 63 years, Phyllis C. Bailey Hampel, by his side. He was born June 16, 1922, in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y., to Rudolph and Mary Hampel. Joe was predeceased by two sisters and four brothers. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all of his family and friends. His love lives on in his children; son, Joseph and wife, Karin Hampel, of West Chester, Pa.; daughter, Barbara Hampel and husband, Gregory Choquette, of Old Town; seven grandchildren, Laura and husband, Michael Verrekia, of West Chester, Pa., Julie and husband, Kurt Wunsch, of West Chester, Pa., Joseph E. Hampel of Reading, Pa., Heather Hampel of Exton, Pa., Bridget Ziegelaar and Chris Johnson of Houston, Benjamin Loveland of Marble-head, Mass., and Jesse Choquette of Portsmouth, N.H.; five great-grandchildren, Brid-get, Jamie and Taylor Verrekia, and Alex and Korey Wunsch; extended family, Kathleen and Peter Loveland of Marblehead, Mass., David St. Peter of Riverside, Calif., and Janet Bouchard of Waynesboro, Pa.; beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Joe was a unique man and an inspiration to all. Everyone he met became like family. He lived a life of love, joy, happiness and pride. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, he filled each and every role in his life with dignity. Joe was a proud Navy veteran of World War II, who instilled the love of country in his children. He was an avid sportsman and fisherman who also served his community as a parishioner of St. James Episcopal Church of Old Town, a member of the board of trustees at the Old Town Museum and supporter of the Old Town YMCA. As well as being an electrician at Penobscot Chem-ical Fiber Co., Old Town and the University of Maine, Joe was an accomplished artist who loved music. Many people heard the strains of his harmonica as he played old melodies. May we all rejoice in a life well lived. To honor Joe, who treasured his friends and family above all else, in lieu of flowers, please take a loved one out to dinner. Because of sensitivities, the family asks that visitors please be fragrance free throughout our celebration of Joe’s life. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Monday evening, March 17, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. A celebration of life service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church, Old Town, with the Rev. Mary Ann Taylor, celebrating, with a reception in the church Undercroft immediately after the service. Spring interment will be held at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town, with full military honors.