James Millard Fillmore Short, loved singing in choir

June 11, 2014

James Millard Fillmore Short, 84, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the Delaware Hospice Center.

He was born Dec. 24, 1929, in Lewes. He grew up in Georgetown and graduated high school from St. Andrews in Middletown. After 1938, he spent his summers in Rehoboth and thereafter the beach always drew him back. He graduated for the University of Delaware and spent his military service in the U.S. Coast Guard. There again - the “salt air.” He lived in the Wilmington area before coming back to the beach where he stayed.

In March 2012, he moved to Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth. He was much loved at Brandywine and at Harbor Healthcare, where he had rehabbed several times. He was a gentle soul and loved people. His final days at Delaware Hospice Center were very peaceful.

James always loved his church and singing in the church choir. While attending St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach he was very active in the vestry at the time they were expanding. In his later years, he was a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Rehoboth.

He loved trains his whole life and he loved England. He read about both and traveled on train trips and to England several times.

He is survived by a brother, Richard C. Short of Georgetown; a sister, Sandra S. Lord and husband Dr. William L. Lord Jr. of Rehoboth Beach; one niece: Megan Lord Madigan; two nephews: William Leighton Lord III and John Barrett Lord; and six great-nieces and -nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Father Max Wolfe will officiate. Family has requested for those in attendance to wear casual attire. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in James’ memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, or All Saints' Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

Arrangements in the care of Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.