November 27, 2021

James "Crash" W. Moreau

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LINCOLN – On September 14, 2021, Maine's greatest stuntman died of natural causes. Jim was born on May 2, 1948, at the Home Private Hospital in Old Town, ME. He was 73 years old.
For more than 50 years, Jim has been known throughout the United States and Canada as "Crazy Crash" Moreau or "The Maine Maniac" by his friends and colleagues. To his relatives and neighbors, he was Billy or Jimmy. A lifelong resident of Lincoln, he attended the Ella P. Burr School and Mattanawcook Academy. Jim was a former member of the Circus Fans of America, and the Carnival Historical and Model Builders Society. He was a long-time member of the New England's Showmen's Association. Jim enjoyed all facets of the outdoor entertainment business attending to more than 100 outdoor venues a year. These venues are of county and state fairs, circuses and carnivals and any thrill show or stunt presentations that he could find. Jim started his stunt career in 1967, with Joie Chitwood's Auto Daredevils, and worked for many of the top thrill shows in the U.S. and Canada. In the early years he worked the Maine fairs with the late Buddy Wagner's "Hell Drivers" of the '60s. Jim also had a short stock car racing career at The Springfield Fairgrounds Raceway and also at the Unity Raceway in the mid-60s before becoming involved with stunts. In 53 straight years of performing stunts, he did everything from jumping autos over school buses, blowing himself up with dynamite in cars and wooden boxes and literally setting himself on fire as a human torch. He even jumped motorcycles and snowmobiles over cars in his younger days. Jim has been seen in person in numerous movies, including "The Death Riders" (documentary) and "The Death Driver" a "B" movie, both on VHS tapes filmed in the '70s. He was seen on TVs "Thrill-seekers" performing various stunts plus many other TV programs, including "Amazing Videos," "Whacked Out Sports," "Shock Wave," and a 2008 documentary called "Hell Drivers: America's Original Crash Test Dummies." In 2009 Jim was filmed for a reality program "Hell Drivers" for CMT-TV but the program was never aired. In 2013 he was filmed for Season 8 of "America's Got Talent" performing as Captain Explosion. A list of Jim's accomplishments may be found in many volumes of the Marquis Who's Who.
Jim was predeceased by his adopted parents, Clement and Daisy Moreau of Lincoln; his biological mother, Lorraine Valore of Brunswick; half sister, Shirley Greenwell of Brunswick; and half brother, Ricky Campbell. He is survived by his daughters, Tina Webb of Brewer and Shasta Moreau of South Carolina; granddaughters, Kayla Moreau, Shelby Baughman, and Jayceona Moreau; grandsons, Alex Moreau-Baughman, Prince Moreau and De'Andre Moreau; half brothers, Paul Louis Campbell of Orono, Richard Hunter of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and John Valore of Brunswick; and half sisters Ivie Driscoll of Bowdoinham and Suzie Wagner of North Carolina.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, at Lincoln Cemetery, Park Street side. A celebration of life to follow at Gillmor's Restaurant. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Clay Chapel, Lincoln. Services will be livestreamed and may be viewed, and messages of condolence expressed, at lamsonfh.com.
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