PAUL L. KNEELAND SR.

Posted Dec. 27, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

CALAIS – Paul Lewis Kneeland Sr., 76, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. Paul was born June 12, 1933, in Calais, son of the late Vinal and Grace (McCoubrey) Kneeland. He graduated Calais from High School, Class of 1951. Paul worked for Beckett & Co., Home Radio Store and Calais Police Department as a police officer until he started his career with Georgia Pacific. He married Stella Fitch, June 30, 1953, in Princeton. Paul also served in the Army National Guard in Calais for several years. His career at Georgia Pacific ended early when he was seriously injured in 1976. In the younger years, Paul enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Paul Kneeland Jr.; his brother, Philip Kneeland; and his sister, Beulah Kneeland. Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Stella Kneeland of Calais; three children, Michael Kneeland and his wife, Lisa, of Clinton, Deborah Polk and her husband, Richard, of Springfield, Mo., and Barbara Davenport and her husband, Gary, of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Francis of Calais; sister-in-law, Marian Kneeland of Dexter; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy Kneeland and his fiancee, Christina of Whitefish, Mont., Katy Potter and her husband, Wayne, of Virginia Beach, Va., Aaron Kneeland and his wife, Shawn, of Big Fork, Mont., Abbie Kneeland of Clinton, Terri Mumme and her husband, Jake, of Perry, Andrew Spear and his wife, Alissa, Kelly Croom and her husband, Jamar, Stephanie Campbell and her husband, Robert, of Baileyville, and Adam, Carissa and Kayle Davenport, all of Virginia Beach, Va.; 15 great-grandchildren; two nephews, Ernest and Philip Kneeland; his canine companion, Saddie; and his two feline companions, Ivy and Baby. Visiting hours will be held noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a service will begin 1 p.m. Burial will be at Calais Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.

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