PORTLAND – Lincoln Copp Denison Sr., 61, of Cornish, passed away May 14, 2012, at Maine Medical Center after a long illness. He was born June 7, 1950, in Portland, the son of Orville Boardman and Virginia Copp Denison.
He graduated from Sacopee Valley High School and attended Maine Maritime Academy before graduating from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. He was diagnosed with cancer 20 years ago, but Linc never let the disease slow him down and was an inspiration for his continuous perseverance and positivity over his illness. Linc began his career for Cianbro Corp. in 1974 as a laborer, working his way up to become vice president of operations in the Southern New England region. His career with Cianbro spanned more than 38 years, and was a source of great pride and happiness for him. He made many lifelong friends through the company and was involved in many large projects which included National Semiconductor, Casco Bay Bridge, Portland Pipeline and S.D. Warren Paper Mill. Linc was loved by all who knew him and touched many lives. He inspired everyone he met with his positive attitude, humor, kindness and unwavering loyalty. He enjoyed fishing on his boat and on the ice with his close friends and family, and especially enjoyed yearly fishing trips with all his friends to places like Chesuncook Lake. He loved being outside and spending time at his home in Cornish. A devoted father and grandfather, nothing brought Linc more joy than being with his family. No words can ever describe what Linc meant to his children and grandchildren, but the love and support Granddaddy provided will be his legacy. He was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut.
Linc is survived by two sons, Lincoln Jr. and his wife, Michele (Fate) Denison, of Cornish and Jason and his wife, Danika (Jones) Denison, of Porter and her children, Johann and Skylar; a daughter, Lindsey and her husband, Stephen Dyda, of Stow, Mass.; his sister, Deborah and her husband, Alan Schock, of Cape Elizabeth; niece and goddaughter, Jennifer (Schock) Haskell and her daughter, Elizabeth, of Middletown, R.I.; his four grandchildren, Brady and Abigail Denison and Amelia and Jack Dyda. Linc was very excited about the upcoming arrival of his fifth grandchild, Bristol, due in early June. He is also survived by several beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. The family thanks the staff at The Gibson Pavillion at Maine Medical Center for the love and care they showed to Linc and his family during his illness. They are especially grateful to Dr. Jacquelyn Hedlund; and nurses, Jared, Leah, Nancy and Caroline for their tireless support and compassion.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Cumberland Avenue, Portland, with the Rev. Gregory Dube, celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Maine Children’s Cancer Program, care of Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102. For additional information and to sign Linc’s guestbook, please visit