BENJAMIN R. "JOCK" TILTON III
Benjamin R. "Jock" Tilton III, 58, the husband of Marilyn Fay (Wells) Tilton, died Sept. 6, 2000 at a Bangor hospital after a long illness. He was born June 30, 1942 in Corinth, the son of Benjamin and Edith (McGray) Tilton II. He was a graduate of East Corinth Academy, class of 1960, had served in the Air National Guard and was a member of the Charleston Pentecostal Church. Ben, known as "Jock", devoted his life to the Tilton family business located at the family homestead on Puddledock Road. At a young age, "Jock" began working beside his father and mother learning to care for the land and animals. He was taught the business of buying and selling cattle, horses, and farm machinery, Working with his family, "Jock" developed the business into a popular livestock auction for farmers in the surrounding areas. In recent years, his interest expanded to the development of Central Maine Auto Auction in Brewer. "Jock" enjoyed competing in area horse shows in his youth, as well as competition in youth softball leagues. For many years, "Jock" donated his time to charitable organizations, including the Kidney Foundation of Maine and the Great Chef's Night. He supported the May Day Ride to benefit Operation Liftoff of Maine. He used his auctioneering talents to support the 4-H Foundation Baby Beef Auction at the Bangor State Fair. In his brave fight to overcome a kidney disease, "Jock" developed great affection for the staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Special thanks to Dr. Richard Patch and the dialysis unit at EMMC. "Jock" had many years of enjoyment with his Australlan shepherds, Austin and Ashley. Love of family and faith in God was the hallmark of "Jocks" life.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother, both of Corinth, are two sons, Kevin and his wife, Cathy of Charleston and Scott and his wife, Melanie of Bangor; a brother, Bruce and his wife, Bonnie of Corinth; three sisters, Sandra McGonagle and her husband, John of Gilford, N.H., Shelia Stephenson and her husband, Tom of Atkinson and Sherry Lucia and her husband, Ed of Chester, N.H.; a sister-in-law, Julie of Lubec, the wife of Shardy Tilton who died May 6, 2000; eight grandchildren, Meagan Tilton, Emily Tilton, Elise Tilton, Caid Dodge, Noah Tilton, Meganne Jordan, Eli Wheeler and Kiley Eckstein; his step children, Shannon and Dawn Eckstein, and Shawna and Selden Wheeler; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, former step children and step grandchildren, "Jock" was predeceased by his father in 1972.
Friends called from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Pentecostal Church where funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Ronald E. Libby and Pastor Matthew Ward officiating. Burial was held in the Corinthian Cemetery, Corinth. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a time of fellowship and refreshment at the Charleston Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall following the committal. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to Souis Harbor, P.O. Box 155, Charleston, ME 04422 or The National Kidney Foundation of Maine, 630 Congress St., P.O. Box 1134, Portland, ME 04104-1134. Arrangements are by Thompson Funeral Home 17 Hudson Rd. Corinth.
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