Owen M. Hartford, 95

Owen Hartford

LEWISTON — Owen M. Hartford, 95, formerly of Bridgton, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Russell Park Manor in Lewiston, where he resided for the last three years.

He was born in Cornish, to Herbert and Lora (Marston) Hartford. He grew up in Hiram and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1940. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. He served honorably as a second class radar man aboard the D.E. Lansing in the North Atlantic and North Africa until his discharge in 1946. He returned to live in Fryeburg and began to work at Hall and Smith, which became Saunders Brothers, and he continued there until his retirement in 1989.

On Oct. 8, 1949, he married the love of his life, Althea Blake of Brownfield. He was very devoted to family — he was an avid hunter, and he loved his garden of almost three acres.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Althea ;his two daughters, Lucille M. Violette and her husband Bob of Lewiston and Noreen Renard and her husband Gary of Lewes, Del.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Erleen Blake of Fryeburg and Nancy Blake of Bridgton; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather Aubrey Haley; brothers Herbert (Slick) Hartford, Clement (Chuck) Hartford; and his sister Elaine Sanborn.

The family would like to thank everyone at Russell Park Manor and Androscoggin Home Health Hospice for the wonderful and loving care given to Owen.

Services will be held in June at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Fryeburg.

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