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DOVER-FOXCROFT - John J. Dolphin, 86, husband of the late Gertrude (Clark) Dolphin, died March 19, 2002, at a local hospital. Born Nov. 28, 1915, in Pittsfield, Mass., he was educated in Massachusetts schools, graduating from St. Joseph Central High School in 1933. Jack always worked serving the public. With his attention to detail, a strong sense of proper etiquette, and a delightful sense of humor, it is no wonder he made many friends and experienced success in several careers throughout his lifetime. He ended his first career at the Williams Inn, Williamstown, Mass., as the head desk clerk. He moved on to work as a manager in the shoe business for the Herbert Shoe Company, which eventually brought him and his family to Brewer in 1946. Still later, moving his family to Dover-Foxcroft, Jack will always be remembered for his success as a trusted Metropolitan Life insurance agent. He was honored to be a member of the President's Club, a group of agents who have achieved exceptional sales performance. A milestone in his life, Jack was always very proud that he was able to retire early at the age of 55 years, after 22 years with Metropolitan. He had established such a fine reputation that many people sought his advice concerning insurance needs throughout his entire life. Jack will always be remembered, by some as an ardent fisherman who loved to go fishing with his wife. To others, there was nothing like a good game of cards with a group of friends on a Saturday night. Many will recall some wonderful times out on the golf course. Jack will be remembered for many things, but first and foremost, for his many kind words and good deeds he performed for his many friends over the years. He was always willing to provide a ride to the doctor or a trip to the store; he was especially faithful to his visits to friends that were shut-in. Jack Dolphin loved life and had a wonderful habit of spreading that around.

Jack is survived by a son, John Jr. and his wife, Stephanie of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two daughters, Ruby and her husband, William Tarrant of Sangerville, and Cathryn and her husband, Alan Nelson of Sonora, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He will be remembered by his very devoted friends, Suzanne and Bruce Raymond and their family of Dover-Foxcroft.

Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, where funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, with the Rev. David McLeish officiating. Burial will be later in the spring in the family lot in Rural Grove Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to either Mayo Regional Hospital, 65 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft 04426; or to Foxcroft Academy, 147 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft 04426.

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