INDIAN ISLAND – Francis C. Chavaree, 75, died peacefully March 22, 2009, at his residence, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his loving family by side. He was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Bucksport, a son of Albert and Gertrude (Moreau) Chavaree. Francis was a 1952 graduate of Bucksport High School and served with the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. Fran was employed as a senior electronics technician by the FAA from 1961 until his retirement in 1988. Fran enjoyed working and in 1989 he went to work for Ratheon Corp., until his second retirement in 2001. Fran will be remembered by many as the “Mr. Fix-it” of the family. He rebuilt his wife’s childhood home into the home he and his wife would raise their family in. He also enjoyed working on his camp at Lucerne and helping family members with their projects. He enjoyed spending many summer days with family at camp in Lucerne or Thursday nights bowling with his buddies from the FAA. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean; three children, Margaret Francis, Raymond Chavaree and Mark Chavaree, all of Indian Island; nine grandchildren, Reese Hildreth and her husband, Mike, of Milford, Erica Chavaree, Alivia and Bianca Moore, all of Indian Island, Naomi Chavaree of Augusta, Catherine and Lucas Chavaree of Bangor, and Chelsea and Alanna Chavaree of Indian Island; three great-grandchildren, Tori and Logan Hildreth of Milford, and Alex Michael Chavaree of Indian Island; two brothers, Carl Chavaree and his wife, Helen, of California, and David Chavaree and his wife, Margaret, of Bucksport; two sisters, Ellen Gilman and her husband, Lawrence, of Verona Island, and Dawn Carley of Old Town; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Paul Chavaree; two sisters, Pauline Allard and Mary Greene; and a great-granddaughter, Allison Chavaree. The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Rao and the entire staff of CancerCare of Maine for their compassionate and dedicated care given to Francis. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Indian Island, where a memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Thomas Farley, celebrant. Spring interment will be at Tribal Cemetery, Indian Island. Arrangements by Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. For those who wish to view an online memorial or post a personal tribute may do so through www.mem.com.