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DOVER-FOXCROFT and YORK John A. Sanborn, 78, formerly of Dover-Foxcroft and current resident of York and Ft. Myers, Fla., died June 2, 2002, at a York hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Dover-Foxcroft, the son of Melbourn A. and Edith (Boss) Sanborn. A 1942 graduate from Foxcroft Academy, John served with the US Navy during World War II on P.T. boats in the South Pacific. He was in business with his father and continued the potato and dairy business until 1959. After that, he started the business of Coy and Sanborn gas and oil distributorship with is brother-in-law, Desmond Coy. John was an active member in the Dover-Foxcroft community. He was a Boy Scout leader of Troop 100 in Dover-Foxcroft, in which he took much pride and enjoyment. He served on the Board of Directors of Piscataquis Savings Bank, was a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge No. 52 AF & AM, a member of Foxcroft Golf Club. He was also a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in Bangor, and the Elks Club and the Del Tura Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla. He enjoyed gardening and his home at Sebec Lake. His greatest joy in life was his family.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlotte (Burgess) Sanborn; three sons, Melbourn A. and his wife, Gloria of Farmington, Michael B. and his wife, Gara of York, and William J. and his wife, Patty of Kennebunk; a granddaughter, Katie of Mt. Vernon, Maine; five grandsons, John and Ryan of Kennebunk, Derek and Jason of York, Thomas and his wife, Gina; and great-granddaughter, Hannah of Ft. Myers, Fla. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret S. Webber and her husband, Ward of Dover-Foxcroft; a brother-in-law, Desmond Coy of Dover-Foxcroft; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, where funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, with the Rev. David McLeish officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in Dover Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Boy Scout Troop 100, care of Howard Kesseli, 46 Range Rd., Dover-Foxcroft 04426.

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