CORINNA – It’s with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, pa and friend. Dad passed away May 9, 2009, at home where he wanted to be, surrounded by loving family. Dad was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Dexter, the son of Everett and Avis (Pattee) Foss. He graduated from Corinna Union Academy in 1964. Dad was employed as a mechanic at Hartley’s, Corinna for 17 years and at Pray’s, Newport, for 17 years before, retiring due to health issues. He also worked for the town of Corinna for many years. Dad was a member of Corinna Fire Department for 38 years, and also served as secretary and treasurer. He was also a member of Parian Lodge of Corinna and Anah Shrine. Dad was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was the most loving, honest, hardworking and trustworthy man on earth. Dad used to go on fishing trips every year with the guys and they always had so much fun. I don’t know how much fishing was actually done, but they always had a great time. He and Mom would try to go to Old Orchard Beach for a few days each summer just to get away and enjoy their “alone time.” He loved to be outside working and keeping his yard in tiptop shape. Dad would mow the lawn so much it would make Mom crazy. Dad could always be seen walking his dalmatian, Bud. They walked around town every day unless it was raining. When Dad got too weak to walk any longer, Mom took over and now walks Bud and Baylie. These dogs were just like his kids. The dogs would go out to Dad’s favorite place, his garage with him and hang out for hours. Dad loved his truck and his ’68 Road Runner. He was always dusting them off. Dad was always tinkering on something or just sitting out in the garage relaxing. I will always remember seeing Dad looking out the garage window smiling at me when I came to visit. Dad always had that sweet smile on his face, even to the end when he was feeling miserable. After Dad retired he would still go to Pray’s on Wednesday and Friday morn-ings to have coffee and hang out with Charlie and the gang. He made a lot of friends while working at Pray’s. It was hard not to like him. Dad married Mom, Jan. 30, 1965. They shared 44 years of marriage together and had my brother Rick and I. They were great parents and gave us many happy memories. Dad is survived by our mom, Meredith “Meddy” and his four legged babies, Bud and Baylie. He also leaves my brother, Rick Foss and partner, Lorrie Pinkham; myself, Kelly and husband, David Hite, of Corinna; his precious grandchildren, Ricki-Lynn Foss and partner, Nate Johndro, of St. Albans, and Josh and Kayla “Sissy” Braley of Corinna; mother-in-law, Beryl Gray of Corinna; sister-in-law, Marilee and husband, Steve Hartley, of Newport; and sister-in-law, Judy and husband, Ron Richards, of Corinna. Dad also leaves his special cousin, Ron Russell of Rumford, who was like a brother to him; a special aunt, Belva Howes of Corinna; many nieces, nephews and friends. Dad was predeceased by his parents, brother-in-law, Jimmy Gray; father-in-law, Bill Gray; and his special angel and precious granddaughter, Mandi Foss. Special thanks to Dad’s fellow firefighters who have done so much for Dad and our family in the past weeks. He was proud to serve with you. We thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and nurse technicians at Eastern Maine Medical Center for their kindness and great care of Dad; and to hospice for their compassion and care during Dad’s last days. It meant so much for him to be at home. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, with the Rev. Terrence McKinley officiating. There will be a gathering in honor of Dad at the American Legion Hall, Corinna, immediately after graveside services at Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mandi Foss Memorial Basketball Fund, care of Suzan Reed, 65 Shaker Road, Corinna, ME 04928 or you could do something nice for someone in honor of Dad. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com. We love you Dad, and miss you so much! Thanks for being such a great dad and role model. You will never be forgotten. We love you!
ARTHUR E. FOSS
Posted May 11, 2009, at 7:58 p.m.