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Philip W. Foss Jr., (PEK ’54, intended)
WESTON - Philip W. Foss Jr., 75, died at Houlton Regional Hospital on December 13, 2008. He was born November 12, 1933 to Philip W. Foss Sr. and Kathryn Kline Foss. He graduated from Danforth High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono before entering the Air Force in 1953.
He married Shirley E. Richard on August 24, 1957 and over the next 51 years they raised 6 children. Philip started his own business in 1960 and this grew into what is now known as Foss & Son, Inc. and Fosco, Inc., which is now run by his sons.
He was a member of the Masons and the Anah Temple Shiners as well as a member of the Elks Lodge in Houlton.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley and their children: Joel P. Foss, Diane Foss and her husband Trent, Karen Cheetham and her husband Michael, James B. Foss, Patrick W. Foss and his wife Mariam, and John C. Foss; his grandchildren: Steven Hovey, Justin, and Ariel Foss, Matthew Cheetham, Phoebe and Gabriel Foss, and John Jr, Brendan, and Jonah Foss; his sister Rita Foss Church and her children Vicki and Kyle.
Funeral services were held December 15,2008 In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the East Grand Health Center or St. Ann's Catholic Church in Danforth.
Earle D. Bessey Jr. (PEK ’39, MHC)
WATERVILLE -- Earle D. Bessey Jr. of Waterville died Nov. 28, 2008. He was 90. Born in Zanesville, Ohio, to Earle Bessey and Alice (Dow) Bessey of Brooks. He was the youngest of three sons. Each summer Earle's mother drove her family from Ohio to Brooks -- a three-day journey in those days -- to spend the summer with family. They returned to Maine permanently in 1934.
He graduated from the University of Maine Forestry School in 1939. While at the university, he was the president of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. Following graduation, he worked in Princeton for the Dead River Co. In 1942 he married the love of his life, Susanne (Rose) Bessey of Brooks, before being called up into the Army. He was a first lieutenant in the Army, being posted to the Phillipines in the waning days of World War II. He returned to Maine in 1946 to run E.D. Bessey & Son, a forest products company originally started by his grandfather, which prospered under Earle's direction.
Earle's life was characterized by quiet, unassuming leadership throughout his 90 years. He was a devoted husband and father, and he believed in the duty of service to his community. He was a faithful member of First Congregational Church in Waterville and was active in guiding its relocation from downtown to its Eustis Parkway site. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was a regular member of the church's minstrel show. He was awarded the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver Award for his many years as a board member for the Pine Tree Council. He served on the board of the Waterville Savings Bank (later Peoples Heritage Bank). He was a life-long Kiwanian. He served as chairman of the Waterville United Way. He served his profession in many capacities, being a life-long member of the Society of American Foresters, a founding member and director of the Maine Forest Products Council, a former chairman of the Policy Committee of the American Pulpwood Association Northeast Division, and a member of the Forest Research Advisory Committee at the University of Maine.
The defining qualities of Earle's personal and business life were generosity, warmth and patience. He was known as a gentleman who was true to his word and honorable in all his endeavors. His word was his bond; a handshake was as good as a contract. He often said, "You can't put a price tag on goodwill." During the last years of his life, Earle suffered a debilitating neuropathy in his legs, which severely limited his mobility. He faced that adversity with his characteristic good nature and did his best to maintain an active life.
Earle and Susanne enjoyed a very active and fulfilling social life in central Maine. Longtime members of the Waterville Country Club, they enjoyed golf from the beginning to the end of each season. They spent every summer since 1949 on Great Pond. They loved skiing at Sugarloaf with local friends and the Washingtonians, a group with which they skied every year in the Alps or the American West. For many years, he led early-morning aerobics classes at the YMCA. They also enjoyed annual trips with their close friends Mary and Dr. Earle Davis, travelling to all of the continents except Antarctica. They spent 10 winters in southern Arizona, which they explored with inexhaustible enthusiasm for new experiences.
Earle is survived by Susanne, his wife of 66 years; a son, "Chip" Bessey and his wife, Bette Jane, of Waterville; a daughter, Camilla Thompson and her husband, Dr. Paul Thompson of Simsbury, Conn.; a son, David, and his wife "Kitty" of Upper Montclair, N.J.; as well as 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to note the very thoughtful and professional care given to Earle by the staffs at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Health Reach Hospice, Lakewood Manor Nursing Home and Park Residences/The Woodlands.
Gifts in Earle's memory may be made to First Congregational Church or the Earle D. Bessey Jr. Memorial Scholarship at the University of Maine Foundation, 2 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469.
Published in the Waterville Morning Sentinel on 11/30/2008.
Dr. Robert N. Lundberg (PEK '41)
November 18, 2008
ANNISQUAM: Robert Nelson Lundberg, MD, respected surgeon, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 18, of natural causes. He was the husband of Doris (Brunell) Lundberg.
Dr. Lundberg was born in Gloucester in 1919, son of Paul F. Lundberg, a Swedish immigrant who worked in the granite quarries in Bay View and Rockport and later became City Assessor, and B. Elizabeth Lundberg, a first-generation Swedish girl from Lanesville who taught Sunday school and took in boarders. He grew up in Lanesville, attending the Lane School and graduating from Gloucester High School in 1936. Despite his many later accomplishments, he remained always proud of the Sawyer Medal he earned there.
Lundberg had planned to work for his uncles’ construction business, the Faulk Brothers, after high school, but Leslie O. Johnson, the high school principal, convinced him he should go to college and helped him get a scholarship to the University of Maine. It was the dean at the University of Maine who suggested a career as a doctor and arranged an interview for him at the Cornell Medical School, where he earned his medical degree.
He served his country as a Naval Surgeon Lieutenant at the close of World War II as well as aboard the USS Missouri during the Korean Conflict and at Chelsea Naval Hospital as Assistant Chief of Surgery in 1954.
He met his wife, Doris, who was a nurse, during his residency at Hartford Hospital, a prestigious big-city teaching hospital. He was offered the opportunity to set up practice there. He chose instead to practice at Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert hospital with Dr. Warren Babson, as it was most important to him to raise his family in a good place. He was well-known in Gloucester as a respected citizen and dedicated physician for the rest of his life.
As a community doctor, Dr. Lundberg often traded his medical and surgical services for offerings of fish and other goods and services. One patient provided half a pig; the ham and bacon hung in the attic at the family home for a couple of months.
Dr. Lundberg served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons in 1981, as Executive Councilor of the Massachusetts Medical Society from 1978 to 1981, as President of the Essex South Medical Society in 1975, and as President of the Essex Surgical Society. He was a member of the New England and Boston Surgical Societies. He also served his community as Chairman of its Board of Health.
Dr. Lundberg was elected Chief of Staff at Addison Gilbert Hospital from 1961 to 1966 and also served as Chief of Surgery. He served in these positions as well as on many medical Staff committees with diligence and wisdom and always in the best interests of the Hospital and its patients.
A long-time golfer who played at many of the world’s great courses, his favorite was Bass Rocks, where he served as President in the 1970s. He wrote a history of the golf club in 1995.
In 1978, the Corporation of the Addison Gilbert Hospital, recognizing his contribution to the Hospital and to the community, elected him a Member of the Board of Trustees, and in 1983, a Charter member of the Addison Gilbert Foundation, which he later served as Chairman.
Dr. Lundberg stayed in touch with the community after retirement, often calling people he’d worked with or treated over the years when he saw one of their family members mentioned in the paper.
In 2006, a floor of the hospital was dedicated in his name with the words: “Compassionate, skilled physician, leader in medicine and philanthropy, concerned and involved neighbor and friend.”
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Paul Lundberg and his wife, Christine of Gloucester, Mark Lundberg and his wife Andrea of Deerfield, IL, Margaret Stevens and her husband Bradford of Denver, CO, Matthew Lundberg and his wife Rosemary of New York City and Abbie Lundberg and her husband Tony Gross of Gloucester, twelve grandchildren, Anne Lundberg; Stephanie, Taylor and Mason Lundberg; Rebecca, Abby and Brit Stevens; Peter, Patrick and Casey Lundberg; Alex and Lucy Gross. His greatest joy was his family.
A memorial service was held at the Annisquam Village Church on Nov. 29. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Lundberg Medical Arts Floor at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Online Guestbook: http://www.grondinfuneralservices.com/obituaries.html
Doris' postal address upon request to Terry Grindle (Terrance.Grindle77@PhiEtaKappa.com)
Richard 'Dick' Plummer, PEK ’57
Richard Arnold Plummer, 74, of Scarborough died peacefully on Nov. 18, 2008, surrounded by his family and loved ones in the amazing Gibson Pavilion at Maine Medical Center. Plummer died due to complications from cancer.
He was born in Fort Fairfield, on Oct. 15, 1934, to James Arnold and Madeline Cogswell Plummer. He was raised on the family Potato farm in Fort Fairfield and graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1952.
He was a member of the Phi Eta Kappa fraternity and graduated from The University of Maine - Orono in 1957. After graduating college, Richard went to work for the Scarborough School system as a Phys Ed and History Teacher. He would work there for 39 years before retiring in 1995.
He was best known for his accolades as a Coach. 'Coach Plummer' touched many lives of the kids that came through the Scarborough School System, and through the athletic programs. He coached the 'Redskin' soccer team for over 26 years, winning the respect of his colleagues, players, referees and fellow coaches. Plummer's teams were known for their work ethic, and determination to get the job done! His teams won consecutive class A Soccer State Championships in 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976.
His teams were always known for appearances and post season play and you could always count on them to be ready to play whether they were the favorite or the underdog. He was most proud the 2008 Scarborough Soccer team in their undefeated season and eventual State Championship. He watched their progress closely throughout the season as his health slowly declined. Plummer had been the timer and score keeper at all the home soccer games in recent years and always stayed close to the program that he started in the early 60s. He coached basketball for 17 years and baseball for 15 years.
Plummer was known as 'Coach Plummer' in the community and spent his life teaching kids valuable lessons about athletics and life. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor, and positive attitude and very few people made it through the halls of Scarborough High School without knowing that about him. He started a local landscape company and had done that since his retirement.
Plummer was always proud of his Aroostook County roots and returned 'up home' as often as he could to visit friends, relatives and close family. Coach Plummer was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by his children, Randy Plummer of Cumberland, Julie Cloutier and her husband Mike of Scarborough and Jen Dadiotes and her husband Demos of Scarborough; his grandchildren, Christian and Nicholas Plummer of Cumberland and Jessica Doughty of Scarborough, and two step grandsons, Nick and Jeffrey Cloutier of Presque Isle; his cousins Robert and Rachel Plummer of Fort Fairfield, Donna Cyr Pelletier of Caribou, Roger and Nancy Durepo of Florida, George and Luann Archer of Massachusetts, Darryl Dolley of Florida and Ann Stewart of North Windham; a very dear friend Anna Gallant; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating 'Coach Plummer's' life was held at SHS on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, in the Plummer Gymnasium. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: The Richard A. Plummer Scholarship Fund at Maine Bank and Trust P.O. Box 6835 Scarborough, Maine 04074-6835.
(Cards to Dick’s family: 85 Payne Rd., Scarborough, ME. 04074.
Online Guest book: http://www.legacy.com/MaineToday-PressHerald/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=120408341
*Scarborough High School, 11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough, ME. Directions: see http://www.scarborough.k12.me.us/high/directions.htm)
Thomas W. Eldridge (PEK ’57)
BOWDOINHAM — Thomas W. Eldridge, 73, of Bowdoinham and Sanford died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
He was born in Bar Harbor, a son of Jennie (Scammon) and Frank Eldridge. He graduated from Pemetic High School in Southwest Harbor, and from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in physics. He was active in theater, track and field, cross country and boxing. He won the middleweight and light heavyweight belts at Orono. He was a member of the Phi Eta Kappa fraternity and the Sigma Pi Sigma honorary physics society.
He enlisted in the Army and was assigned to a missile artillery unit, focusing on missile assembly and warhead installation. While on active duty, he was given a direct commission as a 2nd lieutenant.
His civilian career included the design and construction of nuclear reactors, and consulting in the Washington, D.C., area, working on military satellite systems, tactical and strategic operations, and systems analysis studies. His work took him all over the United States.
Finding an opportunity to return to Maine, he joined Bath Iron Works in its planning and scheduling operation, including studies of shipyard modernization. He then joined the Maine Department of Human Services as chief systems analyst, doing much work on the computer applications to its programs.
He retired from DHS shortly after the death of his wife of 35 years, Joan (Gagnon) of Van Buren.
Following his retirement, he worked at several seasonal and temporary jobs both in- and out-of-state — including L.L. Bean and the installation of bleachers and auditorium seating — delighting in the variety.
He also worked as a volunteer for the Maine State Museum and Goodall Hospital in Sanford, and helped with mountain trail construction and maintenance on Mt. Washington, Mt. Desert Island and Bradbury Mountain State Park.
In recent years he wrote a regular opinion column, "Slightly Off Center," for the Weekly Observer in Sanford.
He was an omnivorous reader, and enjoyed films that included swordplay. While in his 50s, he entered a fencing class at the University of Maine in Augusta, eventually becoming assistant coach and then coach. When the university cut the program's funding, he continued on as a volunteer coach. In tournaments, he won the bronze medal in epee at the New England USFA Master's Championships in Boston, and twice won the silver medal in saber in subsequent years.
In accordance with his wishes, no service (was held).
Robert W. Kaelin (PEK '43)
Robert Werner Kaelin, age 88, of 101 Guilford Schoolhouse Rd, Gardiner, NY, died September 12, 2008 at his home.
Mr. Kaelin was born February 3, 1920 in Grantwood, NJ the son of Werner and Amelia (Robbinheimer) Kaelin. He was married to Mida Smith Kaelin for 61 years.
He served in the Army from 1942 to 1949 during World War II. Reentered into the reserves and retired as a Major on 09/11/1969.
Mr. Kaelin retired as a Principal from the NYS Division for Youth Highland Residential Center, Highland, NY in 1972. He was the past President of the John Burroughs Society, past President of the New Paltz Library Board. An avid camper, local hiker, tennis player and supporter of environmental and conservation causes.
He is survived by his wife: Mida (Smith) Kaelin at home; one daughter: Anne Kaelin Pargeter and husband Stephen Pargeter of San Antonio, TX and their son Matthew; one son:
Casey Kaelin and wife Fay Kaelin of Melba, ID and their children, Zakery, Samuel and Daniel;
one brother: Oscar Kaelin and his wife Susan of Harvard, MA and two children; two nieces: Susan and husband Keith Kroeger of Bedford, NY; and Deborah and husband David Swenson of Duluth, MN. Predeceased by his parents; sister Helen Fickle and brother Gordon Kaelin.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: John Burroughs Society, 10 Lark Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498. At the request of the family there were no funeral services.
Winfield T. Allen (PEK ’46)
Winfield T. Allen, Age 87, of Columbia Heights, MN., passes away August 26, 2008.
Formerly of Sanford, Maine, he is survived by wife, Phyllis; son, Jon (Nancy); grandchildren, Elinor Boyle (Mark), Robyn Smith (Corey); great-grandchildren, Jonathan Landon and Steven Boyle; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Smith.
Win was an engineer for Unisys for 25 years.
His memorial service was Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, at: Washburn-McReavy Columbia Heights Chapel.
(No other information was available as of 2/6/2009)
Peter Scott Keene (PEK '64)
Peter Scott Keene of Gloucester, Va., passed away on April 16, 2008, with his family and friends by his side. He was born May 10, 1940 in Glens Falls, N.Y. to Burt Moran and Evelyn Buckley Keene.
Peter graduated from Glens Falls High School, Class of 1958 and attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He graduated from the University of Maine, Class of 1964, where he was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. After graduation from O.C.S., he was an officer in the United States Navy, stationed on Midway Island.
Peter started his sales management career with WESTVACO pulp and paper company in NYC. He then became a top salesman with IZOD and Timberland, specializing in men's fine clothing worldwide. He was awarded Salesman of the Year and other company honors in this position, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Peter was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his sisters, Susan Keene Morse and her husband, Phillip, of Lake George, N.Y. and Nancy Keene MacBride and her husband, Mac (PEK '68), of Yarmouth, Maine; and his brother, Burt Moran Keene Jr. and his wife, Shelley, of Middle Granville, N.Y.
Peter thoroughly enjoyed, entertained and was beloved by his seven nieces: Katherine Morse Morris (Lonnie) of Barrington, R.I., Sheeley Morse Spring (Tyler) of Concord, Mass., Lindsey Morse Merrill (Rob) of Hingham, Mass., Karlyn Keene MacBride of Brookline, Mass., Jennifer Lowell MacBride of Portland, Maine, Lauren Leighton Keene of Boston, Mass., and Haley Moran Keene of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also survived by two aunts and many cousins.
Peter will always be remembered for his impeccable taste, witty personality and sense of style. His love of Drakes Island, Maine, and lobster was well-known and, like his dad, he was a faithful Red Sox fan. Peter has left all who knew him with a unique memory and a smile when recalling it. Peter never complained during his long battle against cancer.
If one wishes, please make a donation to your local American Cancer Society American Cancer Society of hospice chapter in his memory. A private service will be held by the family.
This obituary was originally published in the Post Star, April 18, 2008:
Albert B. Haines, PEK '52
Albert Beverly Haines, of Columbia, Maryland, died April 9, 2008, of heart disease, at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He was 79. Born Dec. 2, 1928, in Presque Isle, Maine, to Albert W. and Annie Corey Haines, he graduated from Presque High School in 1946.
In 1952, he graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics.
He enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in 1946 and served as a radar engineer. During that time, he was based in Italy on the coast of Laverno, at the Provost Marshal's Office, where he issued permits for the servicemen to get married. He was discharged from active duty to attend college. In his junior year, he joined the ROTC and served for two years. He was discharged in 1954 as a first lieutenant.
He married Theresa Spinelli Hurtley in 1959. Mr. Haines began working as an engineer in 1954 for Westinghouse Electric Corp., in Linthicum. He retired in 1991 after 37 years of service.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, photography, making model airplanes, ships and boats, and working on self-taught home projects, including carpentry, flooring and tiling. He built his own darkroom as well as a storage room and installed a central air conditioning unit. In addition, he enjoyed bird watching, reading and music appreciation. Family members recall that he was interested in everything around him and was "born curious." He was nicknamed "the kiddies' pal" by his nieces and nephews, who enjoyed his quiet sense of humor. He is described as being steadfast, loyal and a good friend.
In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Jane Ingold, of Columbia, and Sandra and Patrick Cavanaugh, of Ellicott City; a brother, Keith Haines, of Trout Run, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was held April 14, 2008, at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City. Interment followed at Columbia Memorial Park in Clarksville.
From The Howard County Times
From The Howard County Times
William Bunnell Sr., (PEK '45)
WINDHAM -- William R. Bunnell Sr., 86, of Oak Lane died Friday, April 4, 2008, at a Portland hospital. He was born on Nov. 20, 1921, in Ft. Fairfield, the son of Shirley and Ruth Kearney Bunnell. William was educated in the Ft. Fairfield schools graduating from Ft. Fairfield High School in 1940. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in WWII.
William was a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. He was an avid track and field athlete setting numerous records. William excelled in every sport he attempted including basketball, skiing, swimming and boxing which he continued through his college and military career.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. William spent many years at Cross Lake with family and friends. His ties to Cross Lake brought about a rich history for his entire family.
William was an independent potato broker and produce buyer until his retirement. His work brought him to numerous locations which his family was an integral part of.
He was married for 62 years to Natalie Parker. She predeceased him on Feb. 17, 2008. William was also predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Jack Bunnell. Survivors include his sons Bill Bunnell Jr. and his wife Vickie of Standish, Brent Bunnell and his wife Cindy of Maryville, Tenn., a daughter, Danna Fields and her husband Alan of Brunswick; a brother, Charles Bunnell of Belfast, a sister Brenda Bunnell Brown of Yarmouth; granddaughter, Hanna Bunnell of Eddington, grandson, Bradford Bunnell and his wife Shandy; and great-grandson, Keegan of Ft. Drum, N.Y.; granddaughter, Jessica of Maryville, Tenn., granddaughter, Morgan of Brunswick; four step grandchildren, Beth and Jim Solman of Maryville, Tenn., and Lindsay and Abby Culberson of Standish; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Friday, April 11, 2007.
Alton James Perry, (PEK '45)
PRESQUE ISLE - Alton J. Perry, 84, passed away March 12, 2008, at a Mars Hill health care facility. He was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Presque Isle, son of James and Lila (Coffey) Perry.
He graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1941 and attended the University of Maine at Orono, Class of 1945, where he was a member of Phi Eta Kappa.
Alton farmed with his father for many years, eventually farming on his own and later with his son, Alan. During his farming years he was involved in many agricultural organizations including the Future Farmers of America, where he received the American Farmer Degree; he was president of the Young Farmers Association; president of Presque Isle Growers; and vice president of Maine Potato Growers. He was a Maine State Farmer and Scout master of Troop 171 for 13 years, during which time he received the Silver Beaver Award.
He was a member of Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, trustee and lay leader for many years. On retiring from farming, he worked for SAD No. 1 for 22 years. He also worked with his family in Plantcrafters and with his wife in Greensleeves, installing and maintaining plants in various businesses in the area, and was familiar at MBNA, Maine Mutual Insurance Co. and at Aroostook Center Mall for 13 years.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Elmer. He is survived by his wife, Jeri (Goodine) Perry; and his sons, Larry and Alan Perry, all of Presque Isle. He is also survived by a special sister-in-law, Freda Nevers of Oakfield; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Arnold and Ruth Coffey of Bangor, Myron and Polly Gartley of Presque Isle, Stanley Thomas of Moscow, Idaho, and Gary Zettergren of Mars Hill. At his request, there were no visiting hours. A private graveside service was to be held later in the spring.
David Temple Clark (PEK '50),
Age 85, from St. Johnsbury, Vermont, passed away on February 21, 2008. Dave earned his B.A. in public management, and was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army in the European Theater and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. After graduation he served an apprenticeship in Old Town, Maine, and then moved to Connecticut to work as a planning engineer for the Stratford planning and zoning commission. He received his master's in public administration and in 1958 he became town manager for South Burlington, Vermont. In 1960 he became town manager of St. Johnsbury where he remained until 1995 and soon after retirement he was elected to the Vermont State Legislature. He began an apple orchard in the mid 1970s which he cultivated for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, five children, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and three siblings including Richard '50 (PEK), and John '47.
Russell Wayne Smith, (PEK '45),
Age 84, from Presque Isle, Maine, passed away on February 16, 2008. He attended UMaine from 1941 until 1942, and was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. He left school to help his father run the family potato farm. He farmed until 1975 when he began working for the FHA, First Citizen's Bank, and finally at McCain's in Easton. He was a member of the Mapleton Lion's Club, Rotary, Masonic Lodge, and Eastern Star. He was on the school board for many years, was a selectman in Mapleton, and was a member of the Mapleton United Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, sons Terry '69 and Timothy '72, and four grandchildren. –from the Maine Alumni website.
Peter N. Thompson, PEK ‘68
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our husband and father, Peter Norman Thompson of Kittery, Maine, on Jan. 13, 2008.
Peter was born on June 8, 1945, at the Chelsea Massachusetts Naval Hospital, the loving son of Norm and Phoebe (Dunbar) Thompson. He grew up in Kittery with wonderful lifelong friends and graduated from Robert W. Traip Academy, Class of '63. He was a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono's Co-op Engineering Program and a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. Upon graduation, he worked at the PNSY in the Design Division. While there, he and his friend, Leigh Peters, opened the Red Roof Tavern in York, Maine. A few years later, he opened The Lobster Barn in York with several partners, including present partner Betty Bray Weaver; subsequently, they added The Lobster in the Rough on the Barn property. When he left the shipyard, he was working for PERA-SS, now SUBMEPP activity.
Peter married Rosie Garrity on Dec. 14, 1973, and their marriage was enriched by the birth of their girls, Kate Garrity Thompson in 1976 and Emi Garrity Thompson in 1984. He was devoted to his family. His devotion to his family's well-being spilled over to their friends and acquaintances. He was part of the small group of parents who started up the Kittery soccer program at the town's Recreation Department. Although soccer was not offered at Traip for Kate, he had the pleasure of seeing Emi as goalie on the girl's Class C State Championship team in 2001. As a volunteer track coach for Vince King at Traip, he saw Kate and her teammates win the Class C State Championship in 1994. Driving horse trailers to horse shows, volunteering at school events, coaching rec league teams, helping wherever he saw the need, without any fanfare, and sharing what he had was how he lived his life. Everyone enjoyed spending time with Peter.
As a young man, Peter loved to sail. He enjoyed skiing with his daughters and friends, fishing and tubing at Mousam Lake, trips to Disney World and Fort Wilderness campgrounds, vacations in the islands and Key West, and was a diehard fan of the Patriots.
Peter is survived by Rosie, Kate and Emi, his brothers Richard and Judd, and Judd's wife, Melanie. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law John and Kim Garrity, Eileen and Greg Wimsatt, Kathy Garrity and Holly Horn, Deetzie and Glenn Downing, Tom and Deb Garrity, and Joan MacCubbin. He was the adored uncle of 17 nieces and nephews and three grandnephews.
Peter was predeceased by his parents, his brother Ted (Edward), and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Claire and John Garrity of Smithtown, N.Y.
As Peter wished, there will be no services. If desired, donations in his memory, for the benefit of The Kittery Special Olympians, may be made to The York County Special Olympics, c/o Ocean National Bank, 17 Walker Street, Kittery, ME 03904, or any of their bank branches. Online condolences to his family may be made at jspelkeyfuneralhome.com
We will treasure our good memories of Peter and will miss him always.
Harrison C. Sylvester (PEK '55)
WINSLOW, Maine - Harrison C. Sylvester, 75, formerly of Albion, died Jan. 13, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. Complications from the treatment for lymphoma were the cause of his death. Harry was born June 12, 1932, in Eustis, the son of Willis and May Covey Sylvester. He was predeceased by his son, Michael in 1994; his parents; and brother, Dick in 1949. He attended school in Stratton, Worcester Academy, Massachusetts and the University of Maine, Orono, where he received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1955.
Harry devoted his last 25 years to learning disabilities after being diagnosed with dyslexia in his early 50s. He was president of Learning Disabilities of Maine and the first person with learning disabilities to serve as president at the national level. He worked with both adults and adolescents here in Maine and across the country. He was also very proud of his book, The Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities, about his journey with dyslexia. Harry lectured nationally and also ran support groups for those impacted by learning disabilities. He had a special interest in working with disadvantaged youth. He spent five years working with adult and adolescent substance abuse programs in Waterville.
Harry had a varied career in several business ventures, including Morrison and Sylvester, Auburn; Oxford Paper Co., Rumford and Sylvester Products, Marlboro, Mass. He later returned to Maine and his farming roots.
He also designed and built classic Whitehall boats for 22 years that are enjoyed by boaters from Alaska to Florida.
Harry is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Janet; his son, Richard Sylvester and wife, Carol, of Kennebunk; his daughter, Deborah Sylvester of Sarasota, Fla.; his grandchildren, Ryan Sylvester of Portland, Erin Sylvester of Saco, Erica Bradstreet of Houston and Noah Bradstreet of Sarasota, Fla.; and his mother-in-law, Evelyn Mayo of Benton.
Our sincere thanks to all who offered their loving care and support to Harry and to his family during this time. Thank you also to the dedicated staff at Maine General Hospital-Thayer Campus, Critical Care Unit, Waterville.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Congregational Church, 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville. Contributions may be made in his memory to Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, P.O. Box 67, Oakland, ME 04963.
Published in the Bangor Daily News on 1/8/2008.
"We just about grew up with Harry in Stratton/Eustis, went to school through high school together. Harry and I roomed together our first year at the University of Maine; he pulled me through freshman physics and algebra. We lived in PHK fraternity house the second year and I was best man at his wedding. After graduation we went separate ways, sometimes half a world apart, but visited whenever we could. Joyce and I just moved back to Maine last year expecting to get together more often. He and Janet raised a fine family and have performed an exceptional amount of social work. They touched a lot of people. Despite having some pretty serious personal losses, Harry was always pleasant, sociable, personable, and helpful, and will be sorely missed by many."
John '58 & Joyce Kelley, Raymond, ME.
"I grew up with Harry. We played basketball, picked potatoes, planted trees, took in hay, swam at Blackcat, and were fraternity brothers at U. Maine. Mimi and I visited and played bridge with Harry and Janet when we both lived in the Worcester area, and caught up with them many summers when we all returned to Eustis/Stratton for visits. We will miss Harry and offer Janet and family our condolences and best wishes. They have much to be proud of in Harry."
Jim '55 & Mimi Kelley, Pittsburgh, PA.
Robert Carleton Kilpatrick (PEK '50)
PRESQUE ISLE - Robert Carleton Kilpatrick, born to Donald M. and Lucy (Beckwith) Kilpatrick Oct. 30, 1928, passed away Jan. 1, 2008, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; his children, Deborah of Lewiston, Robert of Limestone and Donald of Racine, Wisc.; his beloved grandchildren, Harrison, Paige, Mer-edith, Fletcher, Chase and Sean; his sisters, Barbara Jam-ieson of Syracuse, N.Y., and Mary Jane Hussey of Calgary, Alberta, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial service to be held in the spring.
Published in the Bangor Daily News on 1/8/2008. No further details were provided.