Carroll B. Wadsworth Jr.

SOUTH PARIS — Carroll B. Wadsworth Jr., 90, of South Paris and formerly of South Hiram, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 with immediate family members by his side.

He was born in South Hiram, Dec. 31, 1921, a son of Carroll and Helen Wilcox Wadsworth Sr. and he had three siblings.

Carroll graduated from Porter High School in 1941, and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged.

On Oct. 6, 1946, he married the love of his life, Gloria Davis, who he met at the 4-H Baby Beef Club at the Fryeburg Fair. Every year Carroll and Gloria revisited their “honeymoon” at the fair. Together, they bought the family farm in South Hiram and for a short time he worked the dairy farm early in the morning and late at night while working a full-time job for the Maine Department of Transportation. He also worked the family wood lot, which has been passed down to a nephew, Lee Alan Wadsworth. He and his family moved to South Paris in 1960 after he helped build his new home there.

Carroll retired from the Maine DOT after 33 years. He then worked for the Town of South Paris part-time, as well as local contractors driving heavy equipment. He was a lifetime member of the Fryeburg Fair and a director for more than 50 years.

He was a former member of the Charter Oak Grange in South Hiram and was a member of the Kezar Falls Knights of Pythias for many years. He was also a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, square dancing, shuffleboard and playing cards with friends and family.

He loved his vegetable garden and sharing all the veggies with neighbors and friends. He was a good neighbor and “maintenance supervisor” for the whole neighborhood. He plowed many driveways for neighbors until very recently. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his beloved wife and best friend of 65 years, Gloria Wadsworth of South Paris; his loving sons, Larry Wadsworth of Wales and George Wadsworth of Auburn; sisters, Alice Wadsworth of South Hiram and Eleanor Verrill of Kittery; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Phillip Wadsworth; and a granddaughter.
An hour of visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the South Paris Baptist Church. A funeral service immediately followed at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, or the South Paris Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, Cornish.

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