BANGOR – John Frazier Vanidestine Sr., 86, husband of Freda Mae (Hadley) Vanidestine, died Monday, June 13, 2005, after a brief illness at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor. He was born Dec. 28, 1918, in Bangor, the son of James Aubrey Vanidestine and Mary Ellen (Mogan) Vanidestine, also of Bangor. He served his country and was a veteran during World War II in the Army. He was employed by the Maine Central Railroad for 34 years and retired in 1978. He followed in his father’s footsteps who also worked for Maine Central Railroad for many years. John loved his job and fellow co-workers who he spoke of often. He had a keen interest in the railroad industry and spent many hours telling stories about his experiences to his grandchildren. He and his wife, Freda, retired in Florida in 1979, and lived there for 24 years, moving back to Maine in 2003, living among family and many friends. John found the Lord in 1954 and from that point in his life he spent his time attending Calvary Baptist Church in Brewer with his family and serving in several positions in the Church for 24 years. He was also a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Polk City, Fla., serving as a choir member for 10 years. Upon returning to Maine, he attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Exeter. John and Freda have fond memories of their many friends at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Polk City, Fla. They also truly enjoyed their daily lunches with family and many friends at the Union Street McDonald’s in Bangor. He is survived by his devoted wife and companion of 65 years, Freda Mae Hadley of Eddington; four children, John Frazier Vanidestine Jr., of New Orleans, La., Dennis W. and his wife, Evelyn Vanidestine, of Bangor, Gary G. and wife, Ruth Vanidestine, of Ellsworth, Pamela J. and husband, Robert Leavitt, of Newburgh; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mildred Dunn of Howland; brother, Herbert Vanidestine of Enfield; and sister, Mary Teresa “Peggy” Vanidestine of Bangor. He was predeceased by his sons, David and Robert. Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Brookings-Smith, Clark-Piper Chapel, 55 South Main St., Brewer, where a Service of Remembrance will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, with Pastor Stan Griffin, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Exeter, officiating and with a musical program by John’s family. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. Those who wish to remember John in a special way may make donations in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Inc., 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401.
JOHN F. VANIDESTINE SR.
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:20 p.m.