EAST MACHIAS – Francis Norton Albee passed away Aug. 28, 2012. He was born Nov. 22, 1922, and raised at Hadley’s Lake of East Machias, to Edgar Lewis and Marjorie Foster Albee.
He graduated from Washington Academy in 1940. He helped his father on the farm until he proudly served his country in World War II in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. While in the service he obtained the Expert Rifle award, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and was a technical sergeant. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Upon returning from serving the USA, he became self employed in woods work, farming and finally earth-moving construction, in which he took pride in teaching his sons what he knew, and claimed we learned better from there. In between work he found time to teach kids how to enjoy the great outdoors with camping, fishing and hunting. He helped the Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 126 with moving gear between various camping trips and other outdoor activities. During his retirement years he built a “Little Utopia” of trout ponds, apple and other fruit and nut orchards, food plots and a lush vegetable garden. He enjoyed spending time with his special sister, Nancy, with the gardening and cruising around on four-wheelers.
Francis is survived by his wife, Helen Boynton Albee; sons, Reid of Bath, Gary and his wife, Terri McCaslin Albee, of Hadley’s Lake and Neil and his wife, Mary Long Albee, of Hadley’s Lake; daughters, Jean and her husband, Steve Burns, of Hadley’s Lake and Deanna Stanhope and friend, Dale Preston, of Bucks Harbor; eight grandchildren, Clint, Jesstine, Melinda, Emily, Jacob and Jessica Albee, Noel Polly, Allen, Ryan and Shanna Stanhope; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Albee of East Machias, Jane Newman and her husband, Bill, and Betty White; and brother, Keith of Hadley’s Lake. Francis was predeceased by brothers, Lewis and Reginald; sisters, Constance Richardson, June Snow, Wanda Hartman and Worraine Bolton; and grandson, Jamie Stanhope.
A memorial service with military honors will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Hadley Lake Cemetery, East Machias. After the service a gathering will take place at Machias Christian Fellowship, Kennebec Road – the old Smittie’s Trading Post building. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Francis’ name to Boy Scouts of America. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Albee family by visiting their book of memories at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.