HARMONY – Lauriston S. Cooley, 96, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Skowhegan. He was born May 30, 1917, in Harmony, the son of Norman and Ethel (Brown) Cooley.
He graduated from Harmony High School with the class of 1935 and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II, the European Theater and the Battle of the Bulge. He was employed in the local shoe shops and became a self employed carpenter, building several log cabins. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and camping at Schoodic Lake. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War of Harmony, the Odd Fellows, and was instrumental in establishing the Harmony Fire Department.
He is survived by his son, Peter Cooley of Harmony; his grandchildren, Randi Wilson and husband, Dave, of Bellingham, Mass., Michael Cooley and his wife, Deb, of Bellingham, Mass., and Daniel Cooley and his wife, Leigh, of Bridgewater, Mass.; seven great-grandchildren; sister; Norma Giovannucci of Skowhegan; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Florence Cooley; brother, Elwood Cooley; and sister, Elizabeth Cotta.
The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. A committal service with military honors will be held in the spring at Chadbourne Cemetery, Harmony. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Harmony Regional Ambulance Service, 37 North Road, Harmony, ME, 04942. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield. To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.