MACHIAS – Stephen Thompson Preston “Boogie,” last living child of William and Lena Preston, passed away peacefully at 10 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012, with his family by his side.
Boogie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all. Boogie was a religious man who served the Lord and faithfully supported his church. He served as a deacon in his church for many years until his health started to decline. He preached many sermons, played guitar and sang in church as well as preaching at family and friends’ funerals. Boogie graduated from high school in 1950. In 1952 he went into the Army and was stationed at Fort Belvour, Va. When he returned home, he worked at Crane’s Lumber Mill until it closed. He then went to work for his brother, Billy, working construction with Maloney & Preston Co. There he learned the masonry trade. He worked for many years building chimneys and fireplaces. He also often did charitable work for needy families. In 1971 he started work at the Machias Postal Department, where he worked for 35 years, and retired at the age of 75. There he made many close friends including Richard Hayward, who predeceased him, Minnie Woodard, Larry Johnson and numerous others.
He was predeceased by his mother, Lena Roxie Blyther Preston; William Arthur Preston; sisters, Olive Davis, Thelma Dennison, Violet Hudson, Laura Hall, Madeline Cunningham and Evelyn Conlin; and brother, Billy Preston. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Mary; daughter, Stephanie and husband, Steven Davis; son, Stephen Preston II and fiancée, Amanda; grandchildren, Christy Keep and husband, Matt, Josey Cary, Kari and Kayla Wood, Alex, Garrett, Aiden and MacKenzie Preston, and Sarah Davis; and great-grandchildren, Luna Cary, Alana Preston, Ashton Gerrish and Abel Davis. He also had many loving nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, on his and his wife’s 56th wedding anniversary, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 220 Court St., Machias, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.