OLD TOWN – Anthony Wayne Babb, 53, passed away Jan. 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving and dedicated family at his home in Great Works after a courageous battle with cancer. His family’s tireless care, with great assistance from New Hope Hospice, allowed Tony to remain at his home until his death which meant a great deal to him. He was born Jan. 26, 1959, in Old Town, a son of Wayne and Helen (Smith) Babb.
Tony was raised and educated in Old Town, where he grew to become a fine man. Tony indeed had that “certain something” that made him a very special person to be around. Many people that knew him felt that he was the nicest person that they have ever met. He was selfless, always looking out for others first. Tony would literally give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. His cheerful and carefree outlook on life was contagious. Tony made everyone around him a better person for having known him. He was indeed a gift to all of us who were fortunate enough to know him. Tony had a deep love and understanding for nature, he loved to roam the woods and waters every chance he got, enjoying all that God had created. He had an extensive knowledge and collection of plants, which was a huge passion of his. He loved all children, especially his own and his brother’s daughters, Amanda and Rebecca; and granddaughters, Taylor and Emma. Tony loved to go camping, especially at his favorite spot on Lousy Island in Chemo Pond, Bradley. He loved to hunt and fish, look for old bottles, read a good book, catch turtles, watch a good Western, and hang out with his many friends and fine family. Tony quickly mastered all vocations he worked at in his life. As a young man he worked on a survey crew in the Jackman area as well as in the state of Georgia. He then became an accomplished meat cutter, working for a number of years in local wholesale shops. For the past 18 years, Tony had been an excellent baker at the University of Maine, Orono.
Tony is survived by his daughter, Megan Babb of Old Town; his parents, Wayne and Helen Babb of Orono; his big sister, Tina Whitney of Howland; his little brother, Ty Babb and his wife, Lyn, of Eddington; nephew, Preston Jarvis of Bangor; nieces, Amanda of Eddington and Rebecca of North Carolina; great-nieces, Taylor and Emma of Eddington; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may visit 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where a funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday. After the service, Tony’s remains will be cremated, with some ashes to be kept by family members and some to be spread by the winds over Lousy Island during a private ceremony held later in the spring. Tony Babb lived and loved greatly and he will now forever be greatly loved and forever remembered by all of us that knew him on this Earth. Tony’s greatest love, and his greatest lasting legacy, began Jan. 8, 1995, with the birth of his only child, Megan. All that Tony lived for, and all that he was about, is captured and now lives on in his beautiful daughter’s eyes and in her spirit. Tony Babb has truly made an enormous positive impact on so many people, giving his life such a valuable lasting meaning. Thank you, Tony, for everything! Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, 477 Congress St., Suite M1, Portland, ME 04101 or visit www.maine.wish.org. Notes of condolences may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.