MARS HILL – Walter Berton Dearborn, 88, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully Jan. 15, 2013, at Aroostook Health Center, Mars Hill, of natural causes. He was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Robinson, the son of Fred and Eva (Gilman) Dearborn, the youngest of 10 children.
He married the love of his life Pauline “Polly” Ann Nutter, Nov. 8, 1957, and they enjoyed more than 55 wonderful years together. His devotion to her was evident to anyone who knew them. Walt graduated from Aroostook Central Institute and went on to attend Ricker College. Additionally, he attended Harvard University and Boston College for officer training after joining the U.S. Army in 1943. He was part of the 26th Division serving in Normandy and rose to the rank of sergeant. As a result of his service he was awarded the Bronze Star and several other medals in a delayed ceremony in 2006. He was very proud to be a veteran and of his service to our country. Walt had many professions during his life. He owned a grocery store and was the postmaster in Robinson. He later founded Dearborn Truck Brokerage, Mars Hill, which became a very successful venture. He sold the business and retired in 1990. He was an active member of the Mars Hill Rotary since 1957. He received many awards for his dedication and service, as well as serving as president for a period of time. He was particularly proud to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. Walt had many interests and hobbies including gardening, golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with Polly. They enjoyed entertaining good friends at their camp at Young Lake in Westfield. He was also an avid sports fan, never giving up on the Red Sox. Walt and Polly were always generous contributors to many local and charitable organizations. Often organizing events to benefit local causes and fund raising needs. His contributions to the local community are too numerous to mention.
Walt is survived by his beloved wife, Pauline “Polly”; and two sons, Roger Nichols and his wife, Shirlee, of Uintah, Utah, and Mark Nichols and his wife, Christine, of Reno, Nevada. He was very fond of his grandchildren, Shaun, Amber and Sossity; and great-granddaughters, Satori and Shae, all of whom affectionately called him “Bumpy.”
A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring for family and close friends. The exact date and time will be announced at a later time. Donations may be made in his honor to Central Aroostook Humane Society, 26 Cross St., Presque Isle, ME 04769 or www.centralaroostookhumanesociety.org or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.