BANGOR – Chester Porter Sr., 78, passed away Monday Sept. 16, 2013 doing what he loved, fishing. He was born July 22, 1935, in Houlton, the son of Augustus Paul and Madeline McNally.
Chester worked for many years as a truck driver for Ralph Curtis and then H.O. Bouchard. On Feb. 1, 1957 he married Elizabeth Paavilainen and they shared 56 years together. Chester and Elizabeth both worked on stock cars and were avid NASCAR fans. He loved the outdoors especially when he was out hunting and fishing. Chester was a great friend with a great sense of humor and a very giving heart. His greatest treasure was his family and he will be greatly missed by them, especially by the grandchildren to whom he was a “Wonderful Papa.”
He was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Irene Byther, a daughter-in-law, Liz Porter, a granddaughter, Hope Porter, a grandson, Bryan Byther and a brother, George. In addition to his wife, Elizabeth Porter of Bangor, he leaves behind seven children, Joyce Booth and her husband, Douglas of Merrimac, N.H., Chester Porter Jr. and his friend, Jeannie White of Prospect, Donna Potvin and her husband, George of Holden, James Porter of Bangor, Tina Hopkins of Bangor, Troy Porter and his friend, Linda Roberts of Hampden, Elizabeth “Cricket” Porter and her friend, Terry McCann of Winterport, a foster son, Bodean Byther of Augusta; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind six siblings, Lois, Gladys, Joanne, Mary, Frankie, Myrtle, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 12 noon Thursday, Sept. 19, at Brookings-Smith, Bangor, 133 Center St., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. A time of remembrance and refreshment will be held at the home of Elizabeth following the service. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.