FRED P. TARR (PEK '53)
Fred P. Tarr, 75, of Westborough, MA., died on Thursday, December 28, 2006 after a long illness. He was the husband of Jacqueline L. (Lussier) Tarr.
Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Omar and Lenora (Lieberman) Tarr. He was educated in Baltimore schools and was a graduate of the University of Maine, Northeastern University, and attended American International College and University of Rhode Island.
During the Korean conflict he served with the US Army AAA, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Mr. Tarr was employed as a chemical engineer with Monsanto Chemical Company, W.R. Grace & Company, Polaroid Corp. and Test Director for Intermedics-Infusaid Corp. After retirement he became owner of Tarco Properties for 14 years. He was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church and has been a resident of Westborough for the past four years previously living in Bangor, Maine and Lexington, MA.
He was on the Industrial Advisory Board, (ChE) Umass. Lowell; 3 yrs: National Fund Chairman, U-Maine Alumni Asso., 2 yrs: President, U-Maine Alumni Assoc, 1 yr Chairman, Boston Section, American Institute of Chemical Engineers; 1 yr: U-Maine Alumni Association Executive Board, 10 yrs: President, Greater Bangor Apartment Owners Association, 5 yrs: Treasurer, Greater Bangor Apartment Owners Assoc. 3 yrs: President, Baywood Colony Condo Association, 5 yrs: Director, Maine State Apartment/Landlords Asso; 10 yrs.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his six children, Debra A. Tarr and her husband Richard of Londonderry, NH, Laurie P. Ellsworth and her husband Fred of Westminster, MA, Susan T. Avola and her husband Carl of Westborough, Diane L. Roberts and her husband Kurt of Mukilteo, WA, Thomas O. Tarr and his wife Shelly of Rowlett, TX and Geoffrey F. Tarr and his wife Teresa of Manchester, NH, one sister Mary L. Janney of Oak Ridge, TN and 15 grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Ethel Ann Smyth and Natalie E. Tarr.
His funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, January 8, at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Fred Tarr may be made to the University of Maine Foundation at Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine 04469-5792 to be added to the Omar F. and Lenora L. Tarr Scholarship Fund.
The following is a copy of the memorial booklet composed by his family:
LIFE OF FRED PHILIP TARR
As Fred traveled through the valley of life to the mountain of final peace and joy, he met many people along the way who colored his life and whose lives he changed. At two years of age he wandered from his home and was found after two hours close to home in the Baltimore sanitary fill, fast asleep. This was a memorable moment because this was probably the start of an important career... finding valuables in the least expected places!
As a young child Fred grew up with his three older sisters, Mollie, Ethel Ann and Natalie. They were always loving him and looking after him; wiping his nose, ETC. He didn't get away with much. While at Stoneleigh High he became a Life Scout allowing him to participate in the annual meet at the National Boys Scout Reservation in Philmont, New Mexico. When he reached about eighteen years old, when on summer vacation hi Saco, Maine with his family, he heard a cry for help coming from the ocean. He ran in and saved a man who was caught in the ocean undercurrent. Another time, a few years later, he saw a person struggling while in the Saco River and went out to her and pulled her out. That was a difficult save because she wanted to commit suicide. In England when Fred & Jacqui were in Victoria Station there was a disturbed and noisy crowd yelling for security. Fred went over and saw the woman who had fallen between the train and the platform. Without hesitation, he grabbed her arms and pulled her out of harm's way to the safety of the platform. Is this an ordinary man doing extraordinary things? After high school and a year at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he was put on a train from Baltimore, MD to Orono, ME to the University of Maine, to follow in his father's footsteps as an engineer. During this time he participated in track, wrestling and became a member of Phi Eta Kappa Fraternity as Treasurer for a few years. He graduated in 1953 as a Chemical Engineer and 6 inches taller.
... Walking through life was sometimes dark, sometimes light...
Fred was offered a position with Monsanto Chemical Company and was employed when he entered the US Army as 1st Lt. In 1956 he was honorably discharged and returned to Monsanto Chemical Company in Indian Orchard, MA, and to all his chums, many they still cherish to this day. In 1957 a young lady in the Engineering Department of MCC noticed his beautiful Sport car - a "Thunderbird" and then him. She became the love of his life. Goodbye Thunderbird!
This was a busy time since Fred was also taking business courses in the evening at American International College. After marrying Jacqui in 1958, they moved to Orono, ME again, and Fred received a Master of Chemical Engineering degree in 1959. Fred became a father for the first of six to come.
... The ground Fred walked on was sometimes hard, parched and sometimes fertile...
His studies continued. With the second child on the way he attended the University of Rhode Island to do PhD Studies '59-'60 with a government grant. The family moved to Stoneham, MA - where he worked for W.R. Grace and Company, then Polaroid Corporation. After 16 years, several disclosures and patents and a "golden handshake,' and having moved from Peabody to Lexington, MA the family numbered eight. His CB name was Patri-eight.
The years in Lexington were full. Fred attended evening classes at Northeastern University (MBA, 1972). He somehow managed to attend most of the six kids' games: lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and football sometimes on his lunch hour. He helped build pinewood derby cars, built bunny and dog pens, helped fold newspapers for whoever had the AM paper route and drove him or her around the neighborhood. He said it was good bonding. A reward for the kids was to go with dad, ALONE, anywhere. Summer weekends consisted of cleaning and fixing up the summer properties; so the kids could go to college someday. He won the reputation of saving $ 1000 on fuel one year while strategically warming only bathrooms with space heaters and kitchens with coal stove and kerosene heater - that's all. There were four kids in college that year. Fred was the second one in Lexington to install a solar hot water heating system on the house. With all that, there was always time and a place to call home for 13 other kids during those ten years. Some were friends looking for jobs in the Boston area, others had never been out of Maine. Fred taught CCD at home to an opinionated teen class; some who in their adult years would stop Fred on the street and say thanks. The Discussion Group, formed 34 years ago at St. Brigid's, became an important part of Fred and Jacqui's family life, and still is.
The kids graduated from college, flew from the nest and found spouses, thank goodness.
Fred retired as Test Director from Intermedics-Infusaid Corp, and convinced Jacqui she'd be happy married to the owner of Tarco Properties in Bangor, ME in 1986. They sold the old homestead in Lexington and invested in real estate in Maine. In addition to managing apartments in Bangor and Old Town, he spent 18 of those years active at the U-Maine Alumni Center. He became National Fund Chairman then President of the Alumni Association being awarded the Pine Tree Emblem Award in recognition of outstanding service. In his spare time, Fred loved to go to the island in Vienna, ME to keep up the shore cottage, boat house, docks etc. bringing his faithful dog "Cocoa" along for company. There was also the ocean condo to maintain, and the association meetings to run.
...I walk, I fall, meanwhile I dance-Hillel...
On June 28, 2000 Fred became a paraplegic because of multiple myeloma and never returned to the lovely home in Bangor, Maine. Fred & Jacqui found temporary housing in Framingham. A few years later they became Westborough residents where all the children came to visit frequently. Fred did not die with cancer. He lived with cancer. Fred was a devoted loving husband, father and grandfather to 15 wonderful grandchildren.
On December 28, 2006 Fred reached his destination and left everyone for his climb to the top of the holy mountain.
... FRED'S HOBBIES/INTERESTS...
Architecture, Photography, Reading, Music, Sailing, U-Maine Sports, Aerobics, Antique Trains, Above Ground Box-Gardens, purchasing and maintaining Commercial and Vacation Real Estate in Maine, and Sauerkraut dinner. He also loved trying out the new model cars. He purchased about 27 cars. He had an eye for a good bargain two of which were a '58 Mercedes Benz and a Cadillac Eldorado (in which Jacqui would not drive around town). He also loved to support UMaine founding a scholarship (with his sister Natalie) which in now worth over S500K and provides up to 20 scholarships per year to needy students.
Michael N. Landry (PEK '71)
SACO -- Michael N. Landry, 58, of Saco entered eternal life Dec. 12, 2006, at his home surrounded by his family after a two- year struggle with melanoma. He was born in Springvale on Oct. 11, 1948, a son of Leo A. and Irene Caouette Landry. He attended Biddeford schools and graduated from Biddeford High School in the class of 1967 where he starred in football and basketball. He attended the University of Maine in Orono where he received honorable mention to the All New England Football Team in 1970. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor's of Science in Education Degree.
On June 19, 1971, he married Carol A. Goulet in St. Margaret's Church in Old Orchard Beach.
Mike began his teaching career at Biddeford High School in 1971 where he coached football for 22 years, 17 years as Head Varsity Coach, retiring as Head Coach in 1993. He later served as an assistant coach at Portland High School for two years, and consulted at Greely High School for their start-up football program in 2002. He last coached at Westbrook High School for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Among his many accomplishments, Mike was proud to receive the Crozier Award given by the Southern Maine Board Officials and the dedication of the Locker room at Waterhouse Field in his name by the Biddeford Athletic Association. He was recently voted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and Maine Sports Legends.
Coach Landry was a volunteer worker for Mary's Walk and served on the Board of Directors for the Maine Special Olympics. He enjoyed hiking and biking, taking walks on the beach, camping, traveling and spending time at the camp with family and friends.
He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco.
Surviving are his wife of 35 years of Saco; two daughters, Shelley Landry of Newton, Mass., and Tricia Wallace and her husband Bill of North Andover, Mass.; one sister, Anita Chauvette of Waterboro; three grandchildren, Allison, Ryan and Benjamin Wallace; his mother and father-in-law, Simone and Urbain Goulet of Old Orchard Beach; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, Biddeford, Maine.
Memorial donations in Coach Landry's memory may be made to:
The Mike Landry Scholarship Fund
Care of Saco-Biddeford Savings
160 Shops Way, Biddeford, Maine 04005
"He touched so many lives"
By RACHEL LENZI, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
CAREER RECORD: 138-51
RECORD AT BIDDEFORD HIGH (1977-93): 135-38
RECORD AT WESTBROOK HIGH (2003-04): 3-13
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS:1980, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993
FITZPATRICK TROPHY WINNERS: 4 (FB Claude Leclair, 1980; FB Scott Woodward, 1984; QB Gerry Gelinas, 1985; FB John St. Onge, 1990)
Claude Leclair felt only one emotion when he first encountered Mike Landry. Fear. Leclair was a freshman football player at Biddeford High in 1977 when he saw "that look" the intense, steely glare of the football coach who would become an institution. That look struck fear in just about every player who set foot on the Biddeford football field.
On Tuesday, however, Leclair reflected upon Landry with compassion. Landry died earlier in the day after battling melanoma for the past two years. "He prepared us to be ready for every football game," said Leclair, the 1980 Fitzpatrick Trophy winner who is a national service manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Portsmouth, N.H. "I take that into my everyday life. I try to be prepared into anything I go into. He taught me that.
"He also taught me to have that intensity and to have integrity. Those are values I try to work on every day. "It's very, very hard to lose such a good man at such a young age."
At Biddeford High, where Landry coached from 1977 to 1993, Athletic Director Dennis Walton described it as "a sad day." Nothing could condition the school or the community to the impact of Landry's death.
"He did all these things in preparation and you'd think that would make it a little easier, but it really wasn't," Walton said. "Everyone knew it was coming, but it's a very, very tough thing to deal with once you find out that it's happened."
Leclair recalled the conversations he had with his former coach on weekends home from Maine Maritime Academy. Walton, who graduated from Biddeford in 1988 and played football, called Landry a "pioneer."
"The great thing about him is he had very, very clear expectations and he knew exactly what to do and how he wanted to do it. And he did it 100 miles an hour," said Walton.
"But it was certainly a rewarding experience because part of his coaching philosophy wasn't just about winning football games, it was about building character and desire, about achieving goals as a team, and I really think that he taught for, however many years, what he taught was far more than football, or what it took to be a good football player. He was far more interested in what it took to be a good person, and then he thought the football aspect would take care of itself."
Jason McLeod, the head football coach at Westbrook High, spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Blue Blazes under Landry in 2003 and '04.
In the fall of 1992, McLeod went to the Western Class A championship game at Waterhouse Field with his father. Nearly 10,000 spectators packed the stands, and McLeod and his father stood in the front row of the end zone.
"One thing I remember about Biddeford is that they weren't as physically gifted as South Portland," McLeod said. "But the attributes of that team made me get into football.
"As a coach, Mike Landry was very demanding, but there's a method to his, quote-unquote, madness. He demands a lot of people but he knows that kids can get more out of themselves than what they think they can."
But as a person, Landry's demeanor defied his fiery, intense disposition as a coach.
"He's definitely caring," McLeod said. "No matter what's going on in your life, he knows about it and wants to be involved. He always wanted to know, 'how are you doing?' "
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Leclair, Walton and McLeod were among a crowd of more than 500 people who attended a living wake for Landry. "It was remarkable," Walton said. "It just goes to show the amount of people (and) lives that he's touched, one way or another. "And I'll tell you this. You don't touch that many people through a game. I think that's one of the things we need to remember.
"This is so much more than Mike Landry the football coach. It's Mike Landry the person. He touched a lot of people as a teacher and as a friend and as a colleague."
Douglas Avery, (PEK '66):
From the Bridgton Academy website:
BRIDGTON ACADEMY MOURNS THE PASSING OF DOUG AVERY
It is with great sadness that we inform our alumni and friends of the sudden passing of former coach and faculty member, Doug Avery. Doug passed away Monday, September 18, at the Bridgton Highlands Country Club. Doug began teaching and coaching at Bridgton Academy in 1969 and retired thirty years later in 1999. A memorial service will be held for Doug on Saturday, September 23, at 2:30 PM at Bridgton Academy's Twitchell Chapel. A reception will follow at the Goldsmith Dining Hall. Doug is survived by his wife Nancy; sons John '87 and Andrew '89; his daughter Nicole; and two granddaughters. The Averys request that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Douglas Avery Scholarship Fund at Bridgton Academy. For more information, please call Cyndy Hursty 207-647-3322 x 216.
From the 9/20/06 Portland Press Herald. There is an online Guest Book available.
BRIDGTON -- Douglas Rodney Avery died suddenly on Sept. 18, in Bridgton (Maine).
Born Oct. 4, 1940, to Carl Avery and Earlene Burrill Belyea, he was a four sport athlete and Hall of Fame Member at Skowhegan High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1962, graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1966, and was a member of the 1965 Tangerine Bowl Team.
Doug married the former Nancy Poirier of Skowhegan and they raised three children, Nicole, John and Andrew.
Doug worked at Bridgton Academy for 30 years, where he had a long and respected career as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. He was also a well- known basketball official for 25 years.
At his retirement party in 1999, many of his past students spoke emotionally about the impact Mr. Avery had on their lives, many of them following his lead and entering the teaching profession, including his youngest son, Andrew. He was considered a tough but fair teacher. Doug was known for his unparalleled work ethic, his integrity, and his unique sense of style.
Upon retirement, Doug and Nancy retired to Florida, but still spent summers in Maine, where Doug continued to work with the Bridgton Academy maintenance team, caring for the athletic fields. He and Nancy were also avid golfers and member of the Bridgton Highlands Country Club. Doug could be found on the course with his golfing buddies, or in the woods searching for lost golf balls.
Doug is survived by wife, Nancy Avery; daughter, Nicole Avery; son, John Avery and his wife Nancy; and granddaughters, Allison and Lauren; and son, Andrew Avery and his wife Kim. He also leaves behind sisters, Janet Pooler of Skowhegan, and Diane Severance of Florida; and stepfather, Donald Belyea of Florida.
He will be dearly missed by his family and many close friends.
There will be a memorial service, Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m., at Bridgton Academy in the Twitchell Chapel, followed by a reception in the Dining Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the:
Douglas Avery Scholarship Fund at Bridgton Academy
P.O. Box 292, North Bridgton, Maine 04057
WORTH LANGTON NOYES (PEK '29)
ORRINGTON - Worth Langton Noyes, 101, husband of the late Sarah (Stinchfield) Noyes, died at a local nursing home, July 11, 2006, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Feb. 4, 1905, in Danforth, the youngest son of Charles E. and Jennie (Cain) Noyes.
He attended elementary school in Topsfield and graduated from Lee Academy before receiving a bachelor of science in forestry from the University of Maine in 1929, and a bachelor of science in education from New York University.
He was an avid distance runner throughout his high school and collegiate years, being a member of the winning New England cross-country team of 1929.
Worth was a great lover of the outdoors and truly enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, climbing Mount Katahdin and just traveling throughout northern Maine, Canada and cross-country trips to visit his family in California. His greatest joy was gardening at his home on the Main Road in Orrington, where he could be found throughout the planting harvesting season.
Worth was a well-known and respected educator for 42 years. He taught mathematics in Stetson, Patten, Glastonbury, Conn., Independence, Calif. and Bangor. He also was principal of Brownville Junction High School and from 1950 to 1971 was head of the mathematics department in the Bangor school system. Worth was a past president of the Bangor Teachers Club, Orrington School Board and Orrington PTA. He was an honorary deacon and long-time treasurer of the Universalist Church of Bangor, a member of the East Orrington Congregational Church and a 65-year member of Katahdin Lodge No. 156 of Patten.
Worth was the oldest living member of the Phi Eta Kappa Fraternity and a recipient of the Boston Post Cane for the town of Orrington.
Worth was a quiet, gentle man who worked happily among us in many capacities; volunteering at Bangor Mental Health Institute, delivering "Meals for Me" to the homebound, co-ordinating elder hostels at Hersey Retreat and researching and compiling the genealogy of the Noyes clan.
Surviving are his six children, Worth Noyes Jr. and wife, Lee, of Ventura, Calif., Jean Hannah and Ed Parrish of La Verne, Calif., Mollie Noyes and husband, Jim Miller, of Belfast, Michael Noyes and his friend, Beverly Gray, of Bangor, Jennifer Noyes of Albuquerque, N.M. and Melanie Noyes of Orrington; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Sarah in March of this year; two daughters, Janice Beggs of Snellville, Ga. and Mary Jane Noyes of Bangor; a grandson, Charles Hannah of La Verne, Calif.; two brothers, William of Albion and Phillip of Orrington; and one sister, Lucretia MacNichol of Kenduskeag. Worth had appreciated the many cards, calls and other acts of kindness during his stay at the Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Worth's family wishes to thank all the staff for their loving and honoring care.
A graveside and committal service was held in conjunction with a committal service for Sarah Aug. 4, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. Those who wish to remember Worth in a special way, may make gifts in his memory to the Activity Department, Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation center, 103 Texas Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 or the Senior Alumni Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students, care of Alumni Association, P.O. Box 550, Orono, ME 04473. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
(from the Bangor Daily News 7/12/06)
Keith M. Thompson, age 85, PEK '42:
LIMESTONE - Keith M. Thompson, 85, husband of Mrs. Doris A. (Dexter) Thompson, died Thursday morning May 25, 2006. He was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Limestone, the son of Arthur Leroy and Laila Susan (Long) Thompson.
Keith was a graduate of Limestone High School, attended Ricker Classical Institute, and received a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Maine at Orono in 1942.
Keith went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant. Keith enjoyed reunions with his fellow officers who served on the USS Duffy, a destroyer escort.
Mr. Thompson had been engaged in potato farming for many years and had also been self-employed as a realtor for 18 years. The Thompson family homestead was "up on the hill" bordering Canada overlooking Limestone with full views of the sunrises and sunset of Aroostook County. Keith's father established A. L. Thompson and Sons and farming was the heart of the Thompson family. Keith loved Aroostook County and called it "God's Country."
Foremost, Keith loved his family and held long lasting friendships throughout his lifetime. He was kind, compassionate, trustworthy and a loyal friend. He was someone you could count on and a man of unwavering integrity. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was an exceptional storyteller. Keith enjoyed photography and loved music. His mother, Laila, held the gift of music, which was at the heart of the Thompson family. Keith played the saxophone throughout his life and performed in a dance band during the 1950's.
During his retirement years, Keith and Doris enjoyed traveling to Europe and Canada and loved their winters on Anna Marie Island and summers on Madawaska Lake. He met Doris A. Dexter at the University of Maine at Orono, whom he married June 4, 1943, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lewiston, with whom he shared almost 63 years of love and happiness. Doris is the daughter of Emily and Gen. Daniel S. Dexter, who was an accomplished newspaper journalist and editor. Keith served his community on the Limestone school board for several years.
In addition to his parents, Keith was predeceased by two brothers, Colby L. and Curtis A. Thompson; one brother-in-law, David Dexter; and sister-in-law, Margaret Raymond MacLeod. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris Ann (Dexter) Thompson of Limestone; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Nona Thompson of Hallowell; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan Thomspon-Cloutier and Jules Cloutier of Topsham; two grandchildren, Laura Thompson Brady and her husband, Damian, of Lewes, Del. and David Stephen Thompson of Hallowell; three sisters-in-law, Neva Ames Thompson of Limestone and Alene Thompson of Presque Isle, Mary (Dexter) Boutin and her husband, Reginald, of Scarborough; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Limestone United Methodist Church, Main Street, Limestone with the Pastor Ellen Cleaves officiating. Interment will follow at the Advent Cemetery, Limestone. Relatives and friends are invited to share continued fellowship and refreshments at the Limestone United Methodist Church reception area, after the interment service. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Thompson to the Robert A. Frost Memorial Library, 238 Main St., Limestone, ME 04750. Envelopes will be available at the church. Arrangements are in the care of Dorsey Funeral Home, Fort Fairfield.
from the Bangor Daily News 5/27/06:
Larry Mahaney, 76, (PEK '51)
Monday, February 13, 2006 - Bangor Daily News
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After suffering a massive stroke Wednesday, Bangor businessman and philanthropist Larry Mahaney, the former chairman of the board and CEO of Webber Energy Fuels, died Sunday evening.
At the time Mahaney was stricken, his family was with him in Florida to celebrate his 76th birthday, according to his cousin Sister Joyce Mahaney, who resides in the Portland area and works at Catherine McAuley High School, one of numerous schools that have been recipients of Larry Mahaney's generosity.
Sons Lance Mahaney of Palm Beach and Kevin Mahaney of Bangor, Maine, and Greenwich, Conn., and Larry Mahaney's brother Keith Mahaney, also of Bangor, were at his bedside in Florida. Mahaney had a home in Palm Beach.
Larry Mahaney was born in Easton, Maine, on Feb. 8, 1930, and worked as a farmer in the Aroostook County potato fields in his youth. During a gathering at the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1999, he said his poor beginnings on County farms gave him aspirations to do more, and learning to play poker helped him succeed in the business world.
"I learned patience, learned to play the hand dealt to you," he said. "I learned to bluff a little."
A former standout athlete at Fort Fairfield High School, Mahaney earned a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in education at the University of Maine in the 1950s while also playing basketball. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years from 1951 to 1953.
He started out as a teacher, and coached baseball at Fort Fairfield High and was a basketball and football coach at Brewer High School before becoming manager of Webber's heating oil division as well as director of advertising and public relations in 1962. At the time, he was married to Louise "Jackie" Frost, granddaughter of one of the company's founders.
Husson College baseball coach John Winkin, who formerly coached at Colby College and the University of Maine and has been one of the primary benefactors of Mahaney's philanthropic donations, said Mahaney took his "coaching into business from a motivational, organizational and competitive" standpoint. "That's why he has been so successful. He was a coach competing in a business world," Winkin said.
When Mahaney coached in Brewer, there were numerous players who looked up to him, including Joseph Ferris, former mayor and now a city councilor who played for him for two years in the 1960s. "He was the coach, and he was the big man around," Ferris said. "He was a smart guy, a tough guy who was demanding and confident. "I think my lousy playing forced him out of coaching" basketball and football at Brewer High, he joked. Ferris said Mahaney was a mentor to him, and his support of sports around the state was inspiring. "He really was the first one to put private money into the University of Maine," Ferris said. "He built the baseball clubhouse single-handedly and helped fund that program."
The clubhouse bears his name, and there are Mahaney Diamonds at the University of Maine and at St. Joseph's College in Windham and a Larry K. Mahaney Gymnasium at Thomas College in Waterville. More recently, he supplied $1 million last fall for a lighted, 38,000-square-foot dome practice facility at UM that is now complete and also bears his name.
He was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1997; earned honorary doctorates from the University of Maine (1988) and Thomas College (1989) and was the recipient of the Harold Alfond Award for Athletic Philanthropy in 1995.
As a friend, Winkin said, Mahaney was always "very personable and very generous." "He loves life and he loves to help people," Ray Cota, vice president of Webber Energy Fuels, said recently. Mahaney, a progressive and innovative thinker and tireless worker, became Webber Oil's third president in 1969 and diversified the family-run company into several other ventures. Under Mahaney's leadership, Webber's oil business grew significantly. He was also active in real estate management and the hotel business. Webber owns more than 40 gasoline stations and has more than 70,000 heating fuel customers. Mahaney retired in 2001. "The company exploded under his leadership," Cota said. "He turned it into one of the most prominent companies in the state, if not New England. He had the foresight to broaden the base of business. He has unbelievable vision."
Paul Graffam of Bangor worked with Mahaney at Webber Oil for three decades. Graffam said that when Mahaney became head of the company, he assembled four or five of the top executives and quickly told them that they knew more about the oil business than he did. "He told us, 'I'm going to be a coach and rely on you,'" Graffam said. "He was a great coach. "Larry made everyone feel comfortable," Graffam said. "At one time we had about 1,000 employees and he knew almost all of them and most of them called him by his first name," Graffam recalled. "He stuck to good business principles and didn't want things to get too complicated," Graffam said.
Mahaney loved the state of Maine, Graffam said. He promoted the state wherever he went. Graffam remembered that when Mahaney took to the television airwaves to promote his Presidential Protection plan, it was a rather radical move in the industry. The plan guaranteed that the company would replace customers' furnaces free of charge if they committed all of their business to the company. Graffam remembers nervously waiting to gauge the response to the program. "We didn't need to worry, it was a huge success," he said.
In Maine, Mahaney split his time between an apartment in the Main Street Holiday Inn in Bangor and a house in Northeast Harbor. Sister Joyce Mahaney said all her cousin wanted was to give back to the system that supported him as a youth, and to aid the sports programs that gave him the opportunity to attend college. "He was very grateful," she said.
When Mahaney retired from Webber Energy, he told a Bangor Daily News reporter, "Business, like life, is a game of giving of oneself; and he who gives the most plays the game best."
He was a good player.
Obituary Publish Date:
Saturday, March 11, 2006
LAWRENCE 'LARRY' K. MAHANEY
BANGOR and PALM BEACH, Fla. - Lawrence "Larry" K. Mahaney died Feb. 12, 2006, in West Palm Beach, Fla. from a massive stroke. He was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Easton, to Mona E. (Knight) and Basil V. Mahaney. At the age of eight his family moved to their hometown of Fort Fairfield. Like everyone else that grew up in "the County," Larry wasn't any stranger to hard work. He always credited picking potatoes at six years old, pulling mustard, shining shoes, setting bowling pins, driving truck and working construction as what helped him the most to compete later in life.
Larry graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1947, where he was an all-around athlete earning letters in basketball, baseball and track. In 1951, he graduated from the University of Maine, where he was captain of the 1950-51 basketball team with All-State honors and was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity.
Larry served in the U.S. Air Force for two years during the Korean War and was stationed in Tripoli, North Africa. Upon his discharge, he returned to the University of Maine on the G. I. bill, where he received his Masters of Education in 1955 and was an assistant basketball and freshman football coach. Larry became a teacher and coach at Brewer High School from 1955-1962, coaching football and basketball. During this time, his basketball team won the Eastern Maine Championship in 1959-60, which was the first in school history. His football teams from 1956-58 had 21 wins and one loss over the first 22 games and won the state championship in 1957. He also founded the Pop Warner Youth Football League in the community.
In the summer of 1962, he joined Webber Oil Company and seven years later became its third president. He guided the company through the oil crisis of the 1970's and achieved unprecedented growth through many acquisitions. He diversified its holdings to include real estate investment and management, insurance companies, retail gasoline stations, convenience stores and repair facilities. He was honored as the Maine Oil Man of the Year in 1985 and one of the Legends of Oil Heat in New England in 2002. After 42 years, as chairman of the board and CEO of Webber Energy Fuels, he retired in 2004 and became a resident of Palm Beach, Fla. In the late 1960's, with his partner, Tom Walsh, he founded the Erin Company. His Holiday Inn Hotel business grew to numerous hotels and included Pete & Larry's, Killarney Restaurants, The Bounty Tavern and Holiday Health & Racquet Club, now Gold's Gym. His Inn By the Sea Hotel in Cape Elizabeth highlights the other hotels.
Larry's civic and business activities included director of Bangor Chamber of Commerce, PVCC board of directors, March of Dimes chair, Sugarloaf Ski Foundation, founding member of the Committee of Fifty, director of Merrill Trust Company and Bank Shares, director of Maine Oil Dealers and director of the state board Chamber of Commerce.
His involvement at the University of Maine included chair of the Development Council, the Black Bear Association, past president of the M Club, original member of the Second Century Fund, fund raiser and contributor to build Alfond Arena and the Performing Arts Center. In 1993, he held a fundraiser at the Holiday Inn for UMaine "Dinner of Champions" and in 1994 he held another fundraiser for the U Maine Athletic department at the Civic Center honoring Harold Alfond's 80th birthday and raised $1.2 million. His honors and awards include the Larry K. Mahaney Clubhouse, Mahaney Diamonds at U Maine and St. Joseph's College in Windham and a Larry K. Mahaney Gymnasium at Thomas College in Waterville. More recently, he supplied $1 million last fall, a gift from his son, Kevin, for a lighted, 38,000 square - foot Dome practice facility at UM that is now complete and bears his name. As a benefactor, he was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the UMaine Hall and the State Sports Hall. He also received three honorary doctorates from the University of Maine, Thomas College and St. Joseph's College. He received the Black Bear Award and was only one of two recipients to receive the prestigious Harold Alfond Philanthropic Award from the University. Larry also created the Maine Senior High School All Star Baseball game and established the Dr. John Winkin "Mr. Baseball Award" for the state of Maine.
He was an avid golfer with long time memberships at Bangor Municipal, PVCC, Northeast Harbor, Bear Lakes and the Breakers at Palm Beach, Fla. His favorite golf course was at Ballybunion in Ireland. His numerous trips in golf, the laughter and good times, meeting new people and personalities and making everlasting friendships enhanced his life.
He is survived by two sons, Lance David and wife, Patricia, of Palm Beach, Fla., Kevin Parker and wife, Diana; three grandsons, Christopher Lawrence, David Chandler and Nicholas Z. F. Mahaney, all of Greenwich, Conn.; a brother, Keith and wife, Karlene, of Bangor; a sister, Gayle and husband, Philip McCrea, of Huntington Beach, Calif. Louise "Jackie" Mahaney Witham, mother of his children, passed away 3/6/2006. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins. At 10 a.m. May 6, there will be a gathering at Mahaney Dome. A celebration of Larry's life will be held 11-11:30 a.m. where at 11:30 a.m., there will be the dedication of the Dome. At noon, a luncheon will take place outside of the Dome. At 1 p.m., there will be a doubleheader baseball game. Those who wish to remember Larry in a special way may make gifts in his memory to local youth sports teams and any University of Maine Sports Team.
Philip Soule, (PEK '64)
BRUNSWICK - Philip H. Soule, 64, of 33 Palmer St., died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, the result of a fall while visiting friends in Sutton, Vt.
He was born in Bangor on May 7, 1941, a son of William and June Good Soule. He graduated from Deering High School, Northfield Academy and the University of Maine, Class of 1964.
He was married to Maureen Smith in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 6, 1994.
Phil Soule was a dedicated and beloved member of the Bowdoin College community, thanks to his nearly 40-year coaching career at the college. While at the University of Maine, Phil had a distinguished college football career that included two All-Maine selections as an offensive lineman. As a high school athlete, he set the Maine state record in the shot put at a meet held at Whittier Field in Brunswick.
After teaching English and coaching a variety of sports at Fryeburg Academy, Phil joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in 1967 and never left.
In addition to coaching the Bowdoin offensive and defensive line for decades, Soule also had coaching stints in virtually every other sport at the College, including head jobs in wrestling, baseball, and squash. He has also served as an assistant in track and lacrosse, among other sports. In 2004, Phil was inducted into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor along with his father William 36 and three brothers; Paul 66, Morton 68, and James 77.
A national champion canoe racer, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
He is survived by his wife of Brunswick; his parents of Woolwich; a daughter, Kristen Sturtevant and her husband Adam of Gorham; three sons, Travis and his wife Karen of New Gloucester, William and his wife Wendy of South Portland, and Morton and his wife Yvonne of Portland; three brothers, Paul and his wife Gail of Cumberland, Mort and his wife Margy of Portland, and Jim and his wife Lydia of South Portland; 10 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins; and his extended family in Ohio.
A funeral Mass was celebrated (January 19, 2006) at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Brunswick, Maine, with the Rev. Stephen Concannon officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
The American Cancer Society
One Main Street, Suite 300
Topsham, Maine 04086
In honor of: Philip H. Soule
Postal address for Maureen is: 33 Palmer St, Brunswick, ME 04011-2944
1-19-06: (to the Brotherhood)
"When I arrived in '62, Phil was a legend. I remember the walk with his chest out,
arms back and a powerful bounce in his step. His nickname was Bola and I can hear
the rumble of his nick name being uttered by Brothers at football games and at the House. For me and my contemporaries it is living in the "no news is good news era.""
- John Barrett '66(MA)
1-17-06: (to the family)
"Many condolences to the family of Philip Soule, a fraternity Brother of mine at UMaine.
He was a great athlete in HS when I was at Sanford High School and later at UMaine and
Phi Eta. The last time we saw each other was at the Brotherhood 2002 Reunion in Orono.
My prayers are with the Soule family and since I still teach in a parochial boys school in
NJ, we will have a special remembrance in our prayers for Phil.
May God bless this Soule."
- Baron Hicken '63(NJ)
1-19-06: (to the family)
"Hail to Bola!!!! What a great guy -- and all of us who knew him have a story to tell -- that
is the sign of a meaningful life. Phil and I played football at UMO together and were
Brothers at Phi Eta Kappa. He gave me sage advice one day - it had to do with dating
girls and buying a car. You know Phil -- figure it out! God bless his soul!"
- Don Harnum '62(PA)
1-20-06: (to the family)
"The first time I met Phil Soule was in the the football locker room at the University of Maine.
As I was dressing, this big burly hulk lumbered in talking about the "Big Shaker". He was loud and he had passion in his voice. I finally figured out that he was talking about Shakespeare. It made an impression on me that an All State lineman could also be deep into the classics. While coaching baseball at Bridgton Academy,I ended up playing this Phi Eta Kappa brother's JV team in the spring. From a military point of view, he would be a guy I would like to have in my foxhole in a firefight. Maine athletics will miss him."
- Doug Avery '66(FL)
1-20-06 (to the Brotherhood)
"Yesterday Peter Duncan and I drove to Brunswick to attend Phil Soule's funeral. We met
Bill Goodwill and John McGonagle there but am not sure whether or not there were any other Phi Etas present. It was one of the most impressive funerals I personally have ever attended. It was a huge church and there must have been 1,000 people in attendence. Some great eulogies and stories to remember him and his role as son, brother, father, grandfather and, of course, as a coach. The Bowdoin Community turned out in a huge outpouring of love and respect for
a man who obviously meant so much to them. It was nice that some Green Ones were there to say "good bye".
- Guy Whitten '63, Rockwood & Orono, Maine
January 26, 2006
I did attend the funeral and there were a great number of people in
attendance, estimate approximate 400. A lot of the Bowdoin people were
there, especially the men he coached over his career, Tommy Allen being one.
I sat behind and spoke with "Stump" Merrill who was one of Phil's great friends;
I believe he was a Kappa Sig. Phil was presented as a man larger than life: earthy,
full of passion, drive, and focus but most of all one who really cared about those that
tried their best. This certainly fits with my personal knowledge as I went to high
school and college with him. One of Phil's reported remarks which apparently was known
by his players, "When the chips are down and everything is against you just pray, 'Please
Jesus, just kick me through the uprights of life.'" I can hear him now with that brawly smile
and boisterous laugh."
Regards, Stephen Gorden '66 (N. Yarmouth, ME)
(From) Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011
Jan. 17, 2006
"To Members of the Bowdoin Community,
I am deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Phil Soule,
a dedicated and beloved member of our community -- especially to
generations of Bowdoin students who knew and loved him as a coach,
mentor, and friend. Phil died early Sunday morning as the result of
an accidental fall while he was visiting a friend in Vermont.
Phil, who was 64 years old at the time of his death, was a
dominant presence at the College for nearly 40 years. A graduate of
the University of Maine, Phil had a distinguished football career in
Orono that included two All-Maine selections as an offensive lineman.
As a high school athlete, Phil set the Maine state record in the shot
put at a meet held at Whittier Field.
After teaching English and coaching a variety of sports at
Fryeburg Academy, Phil joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in 1967.
In addition to coaching the Bowdoin football offensive line for decades,
Phil also had coaching stints in many other sport at the College,
including head coaching positions in wrestling, baseball, and squash.
He has also served as an assistant in track and lacrosse, among other
In 2004 Phil was inducted into the Bowdoin College Athletic
Hall of Honor along with his father William '36 and three brothers;
Paul '66, Morton '68, and James '77, all distinguished athletes at the
College. During the ceremony, the Soule family announced the establishment of the Phillip Hilton Soule Award, recognizing the Bowdoin College football player whose contributions extend to multiple sports teams.
A national champion canoe racer and ultra-marathoner, Phil lived in
Brunswick with his wife, Maureen. The couple, who seemingly attended nearly ever Bowdoin home athletic contest, have four children and ten grandchildren.
Phil's untimely death is a terrible loss for his family, friends,
and for Bowdoin College. We will miss him a great deal. We are grateful for
Phil's service to and active involvement in the life of our college, and we
extend heartfelt condolences to Mo and to the entire Soule family."
President, Bowdoin College