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Clinton Weston DOVER-FOXCROFT - Clinton C. Weston, 75, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, July 21, 2007, at his home. He was born March 26, 1932, in Dover-Foxcroft, son of Malcolm and Calista (Bridges) Weston. Because his father worked building bridges for the state, he attended schools in many areas before graduating from Lawrence High School, Fair-field, in 1950. He then started his long newspaper and printing career of 28 years by working as a linotype operator for the Observer Publishing Co., Dover-Foxcroft, and then in the printing department of the same company, doing photography work, delivering papers after their printing on Thursdays, and setting and printing town reports. His excellent sense of how machinery worked came regularly into play, as he could repair the intricate linotypes by completely dismantling them and reassembling their hundreds of minute parts so they ran like new. When the Observer building became the home of the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society and the repository of machines from his Observer years, he was consulted about the operation of the various presses and other equipment, so that visitors could read about their uses and how they worked. After a time of about 10 years of working at P.E. Ward's store, Dover-Foxcroft, as an appliance repairman, he became head custodian at the Piscataquis County Court House complex for 13 years, before retiring in the early 1990s. For 17 years, he and his wife, Ann, were directors of the Ecumenical Food Cupboard based at the United Methodist Church, Dover-Foxcroft, where they were members. This involved not only putting up food bags and passing them out, but often traveling to cities in the state to pick up food. They also took part in the Ending Hunger Campaign for many years. They relied heavily on the cooperation and financial support of many organizations and individuals for their support and financial aid. Clint's other activities included working with the Boy Scouts, helping many with his woodworking ability and making household repairs for folks, and he was custodian at the church, where he was a member for some 25 years. His strong belief in his religious faith meant being a choir member, performing lay witness missions, being lay speaker and giving sermons, at both his church and nursing homes. He was also affiliated with Tres Dias of Maine. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at Buttermilk Pond and going to a deer hunting camp each fall with his father and brothers, and in recent years he enjoyed hunting with his son-in-law and grandson, Allen and Travis Drew. He was an avid reader of books and newspapers, and always had a joke or story for everyone, which he liked telling. He had learned to cook with his mother when he was a young boy, and continued to do so all his life, being especially adept in late years in making pickles and jams, as recipients of them can attest. He was also an avid gardener. He was well known for his dowsing ability, which earned him an article in the Bangor Daily News and mention in a story on dowsing in Down East magazine in October 1995.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Hall) Weston. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary Aug. 28, 2006, having been married in 1954. He is also survived by a son, Jeffery Weston and wife, Donna, of Scottsville, Va.; three daughters, Debbie and husband, Allen Drew, of Guilford, Linda and husband, Doug Lorimer, of Afton, Va., and Julie Weston of Gardiner; 10 grandchildren, Jeffery Weston Jr. of Andover, Md., Valerie (Weston) and husband, Andrew Newcomb, of Powhatan, Va., Travis Drew and wife, Jennifer, of Guilford, Shandi (Drew) and husband, Jeff Hand, of Carmel, Rachel Lorimer of Woodstock, Va., Sarah Lorimer of Glen Allen, Va., Bethany Lorimer of Afton, Va., and Derek, Bradley and Adam Drisko of Gardiner; six great-grandchildren, Bailey and Kyla Newcomb, Dillon and Noah Drew, and Bridget and Brayden Hand. He is also survived by a brother, Frank Weston and wife, Lois, of Canaan; a sister-in-law, Isabel Weston of Wilton; and a special aunt, Evelyn Weston of Dover-Foxcroft. He was predeceased by brothers, Herman and Hubert Weston.

Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church with Pastor Dodie Sheffield officiating, with a reception after in Harter Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 62, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or to the Living Word Food Cupboard at the Living World Assembly of God Church, 66 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Messages of condolence or memories may be left at

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