BREWER and VEAZIE – Leland Murl Spalding, 80, of Brewer died Jan. 1, 2005, at a Bangor hospital with his family at his side. He was born April 9, 1924, in Nashville, Tenn. and grew up in Hartford, Ky. During World War II, Lee served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy SeaBees. He met his wife, Joyce Robinson, during the war years and they were married in 1947. The majority of their life together was spent in Veazie where they raised their three children in the house he built on Chase Road. He loved to play various musical instruments and sing and has spent countless occasions doing so with family and friends. Lee and Joyce spent many enjoyable years on the local square dance circuit with Lee calling the dances. They also enjoyed many summers at “camp” on Schoodic Lake in Brownville. Lee was a very industrious man with a wide range of talents and this came through in his various work endeavors throughout his career. At one point Lee ran his own business doing masonry and concrete flatwork mainly for residential projects. He was very knowledgeable in a wide range of construction activities. After years of running his own business, he went to work as a project superintendent for Eastern Maine Builders and then went on to a position at Colby College as a maintenance superintendent where he retired in 1989. Lee is survived by Joyce, his wife of 57 years; son, Chuck Spalding, grandchildren, Rachel and Kenny of Dedham; daughter, Judy Gammon, son-in-law, Ron of Dixfield, grandchildren, Brooke and Stephen and their family; son, Ken Spalding, daughter-in-law, Candy, grandchildren, Geneve and Kristen of Bucksport; his brothers, George Spalding of Cold Springs, Texas, and Marshall Spalding of Houston, Texas. No funeral services will be held, a party to celebrate his life will be announced later this year. Donations in Lee’s name can be sent to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1759 R Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., or to the Veazie Congregational Church.
LELAND MURL SPALDING
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.