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NEWPORT – William C. Sawyer, 82, died May 7, 2012.

He was born March 16, 1930, in Manchester, N.H., a son of Wilmot and Laura (Lupien) Sawyer, and was the eighth named William in 11 generations of his family.

He graduated from Pinkerton Academy, Derry, N.H., in 1949 and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during the Korean airlift, serving as an air traffic controller. Bill was an active member of the community and served in a number of capacities for the town of Newport and the surrounding area. He was third selectman from 1957 to 1969, first selectman from 1969 to 1972 and was town constable from 1958 to 1974. He served on the town budget committee from 1958 to 1988, was on the town planning board from 1972 to 1999 and also served on the board of Farmer’s Home Administration. He was also a Penobscot County deputy sheriff for a number of years. Bill owned and operated three businesses: Wide Ruin Registered Holstein Dairy Farm for more than 50 years, Sawyer’s Dairy Bar for 34 years, as well as an LP gas business. He enjoyed exhibiting his cows locally and at Eastern States in Springfield, Mass. His stock brought home many ribbons. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, boating, golfing and gardening. He also enjoyed art and drawing, raising English setters and beagles. Bill enjoyed skiing with his family and was a ski instructor at Sugarloaf Mountain from 1959 to 1973. He was a member of Meridian Splendor Lodge AF & AM, was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Anah Shrine, Bangor. He was a member of High Street Congregational Church, Newport; Barrows-Skidgel Post American Legion; Newport Kiwanis Club; and Newport Snowmobile Club since 1969. Later in life he wintered in Florida with his wife, where they both volunteered for the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 10 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Eleanor (Gothberg) of Newport; six children, William D. and wife, Lisa Sawyer, of North Newport, Jay and wife, Nannett Sawyer, of Norwich, Conn., Steven and wife, Mary Sawyer, Mark and wife, Erika Sawyer, Timothy and wife, Tracy Sawyer, all of North Newport, and Lisa Sawyer-Cardozo and husband, Hal Cardozo, of Palmyra; nine grandchildren, William, Katie, Jared, Mathew, Brynn, Nate, Cole, Brady and Olivia; five great-grandchildren, Garrett, Lauren, Ali, Maice and Walker; nieces and nephews, Michael and Thomas Dalton, Patricia Edgecomb, and Kathy Barkley; and a special family member, Shelby Sawyer. He was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Dalton; a grandson, Travis; and nephew, Robert Beebe.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport, where a Coast Guard Auxiliary service will be held 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, May 14, at the funeral home with Pastor James Boughman officiating. A military committal service will be held after the funeral at North Newport Cemetery, Newport. Memorial donations may be made to Shrine Burn Center, care of Anah Shrine, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402. Those who wish may leave written tributes at


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