Liston E. Eastman, Sr.

HIRAM — Liston Everett “Red” Eastman, Sr., 83, passed away at his home on Tearcap Mountain in Hiram on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Freedom, N.H. on Jan. 20, 1928, the son of Norman Eastman and Gladys Sargent. Liston was one of 12 children. He attended schools in Freedom.
In 1947, he married Janet Fadden of Hiram and they had six children. Liston and Janet were married for 26 years. He was employed as a logger and worked in the woods until the family moved to Freeport in 1951 and then onto Brunswick in 1959. While in Brunswick, he was employed by Bowdoin College as a custodian for 15 years. To help make ends meet, he snowplowed and enjoyed working on cars and trucks. He owned and operated his own garage in Brunswick for several years. In Brunswick, many people knew him as “Red” (named this because of his thick bushy red hair). 
After he and Janet divorced in 1973, he rebuilt a family camp in Hiram on Tearcap Mountain, where he spent weekends hunting, fishing and enjoying the beautiful view and wildlife. He retired there in 1990 and developed a hobby for woodworking, making chairs, tables, carts and many other items. He was very mechanically inclined and one of his proudest accomplishments was building a large wood splitter that worked really well. In the summer, he loved playing horseshoes and traveled to four different locations to play — many times coming out the winner. In the winter, snowmobiling was his favorite sport. He loved cooking and eating baked beans and had many different bean pots to prove it. He had a variety of methods (fireplace, bean hole and woodstove) that he used for cooking his beans.
On April 18, 1992, he met his companion of almost 20 years Phyllis D. Smith. He loved to go dancing with Phyllis on Saturday nights and they enjoyed going on many trips together. They traveled to Rangeley, Stowe, Vt., upstate N.Y., New Brunswick, Canada and along the coast of Maine. He and Phyllis loved feeding and watching the birds together and attracted beautiful hummingbirds and many other birds native to Maine. He often brought home beautiful flowers to Phyllis. During their relationship, Phyllis tenderly cared for him through his bouts with prostate and colon cancer until her heart problems developed this year. He had a firm belief in God and knew he was closer to him while on the mountain.
He is predeceased by his parents Norman and Gladys Eastman; sisters Beulah Eisenhauer, Lora Fraughton, Ethel Eastman and Ruth Stanley; and brothers Carroll Eastman, Forrest Eastman and Earl Eastman.
He is survived by his loving companion Phyllis D. Smith of Limington; his two daughters, Sharon Belanger and Cynthia Osgood of Brunswick; his four sons, Carroll “Peter” Eastman of Brunswick, Michael Eastman of Bath, Alan Eastman of Rochester, N.H. and Liston “Lee” Eastman, Jr. of Bridgton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and three additional great-grandchildren on the way; sisters, Mattie Rossignol of Cornish, Elizabeth Maddocks of Westbrook and Florence Huber of Porter; and his brother, Norman Eastman, Jr. of North Conway, N.H.
No formal funeral service will be held. Phyllis and his family are arranging a private memorial service on Tearcap Mountain. Arrangements by Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, Cornish.

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