Robert F. Kingsbury

HARRISON — Robert F. Kingsbury, “Shorty,” 87, of Harrison died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at Bridgton Hospital after a brief illness, with his family by his side.

He was born in Alfred on Jan. 7, 1924, the son of William Clyde and Myrtle Call Kingsbury. He was raised and educated in Sanford. He graduated from Sanford High School and joined the Army Air Corp. While in the Army Air Corp. 8th Air Force, 453rd Bomb Group as a ball turret-tail gunner, he made 25 missions over Europe in a B24 Liberator Bomber nicknamed the “Body and Soul.” He was very proud of his service.

After the war, he met his future wife Eulalie Davis of Harrison, marrying her on Sept. 29, 1946. They moved to Sanford, Chicago, Ill., Harrison, Manchester, Conn. and back to Harrison while raising three boys — Tom, Tim and Steve.

Robert — “Bob” as he was called — worked on the railroad, at C.B. Cummings in Norway, Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Conn., Keddy Foundry and lastly Dielectric in Raymond. Bob was a lifelong Mason, belonging to the Crooked River Lodge. He was very proud of his service as a volunteer fireman in Harrison. He enjoyed visiting and talking with friends and anybody who would listen, camping in his RV, NASCAR, walking his dog Nina, TV game shows that kept his mind sharp, and complaining.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eulalie of Harrison; his two sons, Thomas of Fryeburg and Steven of Harrison; his brother, William of Rochester, N.H.; his sister, Barbara Capone of Lewiston; a grandson; three granddaughters; and a great grandson.

Bob was predeceased by his son, Timothy Robert; brother, Ernest; and sister, Elsie.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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