Gardiner resident honored with Legislative Sentiment
The Maine Legislature honored James Montell of Gardiner on Friday on the occasion of his 85th birthday, which was February 24, 2017, and thanked him for his contributions to the Gardiner area and the State of Maine since he moved to Gardiner in 1958.
Montell graduated from Bloomfield High School in New Jersey, earned his B.S. in Education from the University of Miami and moved to Gardiner in 1958. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
While living in Maine, he taught school at Gardiner Area High School and worked in the Maine Department of Public Safety, primarily as a Program Coordinator. His community service includes serving as the Chair of the Gardiner Planning Board. He also coached, umpired and refereed youth sports and served as the Recreation Director in Hallowell during the summer months.
“Mr. Montell is beloved by generations of people and he has a kind word to say to everyone he meets,” said Rep. Gay Grant, D-Gardiner. “You can always count on him to say something that will make you feel good long after you part. I am so glad he was able to join us in the State House with his family so I could say something wonderful about him that I hope will have the same effect.”
Montell was joined by his three children, Susan, Alan and Karen at the State House when he received the Sentiment. He also has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“Mr. Montell has given so much of himself to the Gardiner area and its residents,” said Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester. “He is truly an inspiration to us all on the meaning of public and community service.”
A Legislative Sentiment is a significant expression by the Legislature in recognition of civic and public achievements.