SEARSPORT – Frederick William Faulkingham, 73, died May 5, 2009, surrounded by his family at his residence after a short illness. He was born July 24, 1935, in Milbridge, son of Eva Faulkingham and the late John W. Faulkingham. Fred served in the U.S. Navy. His long years of work included Crowe Rope, Stinson Canning Co., Hamilton Marine Seine Loft and town of Searsport. He was a proud member of Searsport Lions Club. Fred was a longtime Searsport resident residing on Mount Ephraim Road with his loving wife, Joan, for more than 40 years. He expressed that the happiest time of his life was growing up with his father, mother, three brothers and a sister on Monhegan Island, where his father was a lighthouse keeper for six years. Fred was a lifelong Red Sox fan and loved his yearly trips to Fenway Park with his family. He never missed his daily morning visits with his dog, Lady, and the Bangor Daily to Searsport Wharf and Sears Island. There were always visitors lined up each morning to discuss the local news. Fred leaves behind his loving family, his wife of 40 years, Joan Thompson Dunbar Faulkingham; his mother, Eva Pinkham Faulkingham; his brothers, Eugene Faulkingham and wife, Betty Lou, Lee Faulkingham and wife, Mary, and Rex and Irene Faulkingham, all of Prospect Harbor; sister, Cynthia Grindle of Florida; his sons, Roger Faulkingham and wife, Vickie, and Austin Faulkingham, all of Minnesota and their mother, Avonne; his son, John H. Faulkingham and wife, Faith, of Belfast; his third family: daughter, Debra-Jo Middleswart and partner, Nathan Curtis; sons, Derek Dunbar and wife, Wendy, Darren Dunbar and wife, Sherry, and David Dunbar, all of Searsport. He will be greatly missed by his loving grandchildren, Nicholas and Jen Faulkingham, Melissa and Justin Werth, Matthew Faulkingham, Brook and Tony Kratz, Dustin Faulkingham, Erin Faulkingham, Ryan and Nicole Middleswart, Casey Middleswart, Michael Dunbar and Danielle, Johnny Dayton, Kyle Dunbar, Christian Miller Dunbar, Kristol Bean and Travis Ellsworth and Latisha and Shawn Seekins. Also missed by his great-grandchildren, Audra, Jackson, Cadence, Maverick, Ryan, Skyler, Ariana, Greyson and Shelby; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John W. Faulkingham; his brother-in-law, Errol “Buddy” Grindle; and son-in-law, Blaine Middleswart. Fred would like to fondly remember his special group of friends at Tozier’s Market and Hamilton Marine; his best friend and co-worker, Shirley Cook; and so many other friends he couldn’t list them all. He made so many friends from Prospect Harbor to Searsport, around the state and beyond in the fishing industry, where he worked happily his entire life. His generous, giving nature to everyone he touched will always be remembered. Family and friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Faith Temple Church of God, Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s memory to Searsport Lion’s Club Scholarship Fund, Prospect Street, Searsport, ME 04974.