CALAIS – Fred Edwin Allen Sr., 86, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home with his loving family by his side. Fred was born June 20, 1926, in Millinocket, son of the late Alden and Ethel (Marden) Allen.
After graduating from Rockland High School, he entered the U.S. Navy and served as a radioman during World War II. After his military service, he returned to Maine and graduated from Colby College, class of 1950. His first teaching job was in Dennysville as a teaching principal in 1951. Fred went on to teach at Hollis High School and as principal at Bingham High School. He eventually began his superintendency work for School Union 110, which incorporated many schools including Lee, Springfield and Kingfield. He next became superintendent in the Mechanic Falls area for six years, followed by 15 years in Mexico, Maine – SAD 43, and lastly serving two and a half years at Eastport School Union 104. After retirement from superintendency he briefly tutored individuals pursuing their GEDs at Washington County Technical College, then worked as business manager of Eastport School Union for four years. In addition to his studies at Colby College, Fred had a master’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono, and a certificate of advanced graduate study at Boston University. He was a member of the State Superintendent’s Association, where he was on the insurance and negotiations committees; New England School Development Council, where he was on the board of directors; American Association of School Administrators; Lions Club; and served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society in Oxford County. Fred enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing, but most importantly spending time with his loving wife and family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Robert Allen; his brother, Charles Allen; and a sister, Barbara Bean. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Constance (Crosby) Allen and their loving dog, Suzie Q; three children, Fred Allen Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Mexico, Pamela Jean Allen and her companion, James Randall, of Calais and Catherine Wright and her husband, Richard, of Wayland, Mass.; daughter-in-law, Jill Allen of Oquossoc; a sister, Alice Christianson of Bangor; 11 grandchildren, Greg Allen and his wife, Christine, of Massachusetts, Heather Tozier and her husband, Dave, of Peru, Melissa Allen of Mexico, Craig Allen of Mexico, Jamie Drouin of Hartford, Eric Lloyd of Biddeford, Robyn Leighton and her husband, Justin, of Alexander, Becca Sheeley of New Jersey, Andrew Wright of Boston, Jeff Wright of Cambridge, Mass., and Alex Wright of Wayland, Mass.; and five great-grandchildren, Austin, Darien, Nathan, Jack and Paige.
Friends may call beginning
10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a celebration of Fred’s life will begin 11 a.m.
Friends and family are invited to Calais High School for a gathering after the service. After the luncheon, a graveside committal will take place 2 p.m. at Dennysville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calais Regional Hospital, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619 or The Fred Allen Scholarship Fund, care of Pamela Allen, 103 Evergreen Lane, Calais, ME 04619. Condolences and memories may be shared at