Jimmy Oliver graduated from the Academy in 1964. He grew up in Fryeburg, the son of the town’s pharmacist, “Bill” Oliver, also an FA alum of the class 1938. Jim’s grandfather, S.T. Oliver purchased Oliver’s drug store in 1935, succeeded by Bill, and then Jim. Jim completed his education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy graduating in 1970 and returned to Fryeburg to work alongside his father, eventually taking over the store on Main Street.
In 1991, Laverdiere’s moved into Fryeburg, buying out the smaller, independent Oliver’s Drugstore and Jimmy went to work for Laverdiere’s (and then Rite Aid) until his retirement in 2015. To this day, the Oliver Drug Store phone number rings into the now Walgreens Pharmacy.
Since 1978, Jim has served on Fryeburg Rescue as an EMT and an officer in the organization. He remains an active member and chairs the Buildings and Grounds committee. The all-volunteer organization is called out on 750 - 900 rescue calls a year for the Fryeburg area and you will find Jimmy on many of them. Needless to say, the challenges faced by first responders throughout the past year and a half have been immense and we are all grateful for their commitment and service.
In 1993 when the Fryeburg Rescue outgrew its intown location, Jim and other volunteers worked tirelessly to raise the money needed to put up the new barn which is now located around the corner on Rt. 302 --- a challenging but successful undertaking.
Jim also served as a director on the Fryeburg Academy Alumni Board, beginning in the 80s, and served as its president in the early 90s. During this time, Jim and his sister, Betsy ‘67 established a scholarship in memory of their father. Each year they select and honor a Fryeburg Academy senior who best exemplifies Bill’s character.
Jim has served on the Fryeburg town planning board, the town government committee, participated in the program for the new police building in 2004-2006, and in 2018 served on the committee for the new use of the CA Snow School. He has been a member of the Mt. Washington Old Car Club since 2013 and can be seen driving around town in his antique automobile and participating in local parades.
As impressive as all of this is, perhaps the most important role that Jim plays is that of outstanding community member and friend. Over the years, Jim has performed countless acts of kindness across the Fryeburg community. There are very few lives in Fryeburg that Jim has not touched, helped, and made better. Whether he’s on a rescue call, shoveling roofs and snow blowing driveways for friends and neighbors, or volunteering to mow the Fryeburg Recreation fields, Jim’s selfless acts help make all of our lives better.