Arthur W. Mowatt, 93

Arthur Mowatt

Arthur Mowatt

Arthur Wesley “Junior” Mowatt, 93, of North Bridgton passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at his home supported by his loving family.

Junior was born in North Bridgton on March 11, 1923, the son of Arthur W. Mowatt, Sr. and Gladys (Allen) Mowatt. He attended local North Bridgton schools and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On Dec. 29 1943, Junior married Lorna Durgin and together they raised three children. Throughout their 73-1/2-years of marriage, they welcomed a large extended family and neighborhood of children and friends into their home.

He started his work life with his father cutting timber with a two-man crosscut saw. The two were well known in the lumbering community for the amount accomplished in a day. He continued in lumbering in many different capacities until 1951 when he started working with Arthur Sr. at Camp Takajo in Naples and then assumed the caretaker position when his father retired. Many of the campers and especially the counselors knew “Junie” and who was keeping their summer home repaired and looking good. He impacted many of the thousands of campers through his example of dedication, workmanship and strength during his 40 years until retirement in 1993.

Junior had many interests and hobbies through his work life and on into retirement. He was selfless in helping neighbors, friends and family with any projects requiring his varied talents. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, snowmobiling and woodworking, which he produced the best Adirondack chairs in the area.

Junior was a member of the Ronald St. John VFW Post in Harrison, the American Legion, a founding member of the North Bridgton Fire Department, a member of many snowmobile clubs and the Church of Christ in Conway, N.H.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Hartley, Donald, Gordon, Cecil and Stanley; and his sisters, Marilyn and Muriel.

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 73 years, Lorna; his brother, Ted of Limington; daughters, Sandra Smith of North Bridgton and Trudy Winslow of North Bridgton; son, Arthur III of North Bridgton; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews, who adored Uncle Junior and he teased and advised them in return. All have fond memories of time spent with Junior through the years.

Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Chandler Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Bridgton Alliance Church. Interment with military honors will be at the North Bridgton cemetery immediately following the church service. Following the committal, the family will host a reception at the Harrison VFW.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be considered to the Conway Church of Christ, 348 E. Main St., Conway, NH 03818.

Remembrances may be shared with Junior’s family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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