EAST MACHIAS – On Dec. 5, 2010, Victor Wyman Berry left this Earth and went on ahead to check out the new hunting grounds. Victor was born June 14, 1949, in Machias, to Marie Foss Berry and Richard T. Berry. He attended Jacksonville Grammar School, where he also worked as a part-time custodian. He attended Washington Academy, where he excelled in cross-country, leading the team to three state championships. He once lost a running shoe in the middle of a race, kicked off the other shoe and still won the race. He was also a very good basketball player, with a special knack for rebounding. He was always a loyal Raider fan. He graduated from Washington Academy in 1967, shortly thereafter enlisting in the Army. Victor attended basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and served in Vietnam as a teletype repair technician in 1970 and 1971. While stationed in Vietnam, Victor took an active interest in the children who were victims of the war. Many times he visited orphanages near Saigon and Can Tho to deliver food, clothing and gifts to children to brighten their lives. Lifelong bonds were formed with Richard Allen, James Buttke, Robert Bunch and Billy Dean. Upon his discharge from the Army, Victor traveled the country for a couple years, working seasonal jobs and gathering more stories, eventually settling in his hometown of East Machias. He lived for some while with favorite uncle, Maurice L. Berry and aunt, Helen. A skilled carpenter and hard worker, Victor went on to supervise the construction of Bay Ridge School, Cutler, the renovation of the Washington County Jail and courthouse, the construction of the new library at the University of Maine at Machias and was foreman on the new Rose M. Gaffney School. In 1988 Victor started Downeast Carpentry, working 20 years in the area building and repairing homes and barns for many satisfied customers. Victor spent his life working hard, and in his down time he enjoyed being at Uncle Mock’s camp on Rocky Lake, Berry Township. He loved tending his gardens and growing food, and enjoyed mackerel fishing in Eastport and Lubec. He enjoyed many seasonal jobs and pastimes during the years, including digging clams, raking berries, tipping brush and cutting wood. He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Russell Berry; his two sons, Jacob D. W. Berry and Ezra Maurice Berry; grandson, Taylor Aaron Berry; brother, Gilbert; sister, Alison; and much extended family. Victor will be missed by good friends, Rusty Beverly, Charlie Gardner and Mike Riggs; cousins, Steve Berry and Mike Flaherty; his sister-in-law, Zina Eller; card playing pal, Cindy Kurz; his aunt, Muriel; and many others near and far. He had a keen love for the dogs in his life throughout the years and leaves behind his sweet pal, Kobe, but is reunited in spirit with MoonDog, Betsy, Gooch, Benny, Annie, Molly and all the rest. Victor had a powerful presence and a sharp mind. Under his tough exterior there was a kind heart and a generous soul. He was always willing to stand up for those less fortunate or mistreated, giving often and generously to family and friends in need. At his request, there will be no funeral service, but a small celebration of his life with family and friends in summer 2011. In lieu of flowers and cards, Victor and his family request that donations be made in his memory to Ronald McDonald House, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401.
VICTOR WYMAN BERRY
Posted Dec. 08, 2010, at 7:45 p.m.