BANGOR and CARIBOU – John Stewart Thurston, 88, formerly of Caribou, died Sept. 25, 2009, at his home at Sunbury Village, Bangor. He was born Nov. 4, 1920, in Corinna, a son of John and Ethel (Barker) Thurston. Stew graduated from Corinna Union Academy, Colby College and the University of Maine, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a dedicated educator for 37 years at Caribou High School, the first 15 as a sophomore English teacher and the last 22 as assistant principal until his retirement in 1986. He also coached freshman basketball and varsity baseball for many years. While residing in Caribou, Stew was a member of Gray Memorial Methodist Church. His retirement brought him many happy hours fishing the lakes of Aroostook County, walking his dog, Shelley, and having coffee with “the boys.” Stew was a Navy veteran who served as a signalman during World War II. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Greta of Bangor; daughter, Patricia and husband, Dr. Charles Scagliotti of, Allentown, Pa.; son, Michael and wife, Heidi Thurston, of Old Town; grandchildren, Katrina and husband, Steve Rainford, of Allentown, Pa., Gregory and wife, Lauren Scagliotti, of Catonsville, Md., Christopher Scagliotti of Allentown, Pa., Dr. Kristy Thurston of West Hartford, Conn., and Michael Thurston Jr. of Old Town; and a great-grandson, Boden Rainford of Allentown, Pa. Stew’s family extends sincere thanks to the wonderful employees of St. Joseph Hospice for their kind attention and care. A special thank you to the “everyday angels” of Sunbury Village. You are truly angels and have become part of the Thurston extended family. Thanks to your compassion and care we always knew Dad was in loving hands. Our appreciation is never ending. There will be no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Corinna United Methodist Church with the Rev. Grace Mazhandu officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at Corinna Village Cemetery. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, care of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 1638, Bangor, ME 04402. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
JOHN STEWART THURSTON
Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.