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GUILFORD, John Robinson Maxfield, 95, died April 17, 2006, at a Camden health care facility. John was born May 20, 1911, in Abbot, the youngest son of Abner Ralph and Nellie (Hussey) Maxfield. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Taylor Maxfield. John was also predeceased by his siblings, Donald, James, Richard, Alice and Jean and his dear companion Lela Nelson. One of his fondest memories was that he was a member of the Guilford High School basketball team that beat Bangor. John attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he received an engineering degree. During World War II he was employed in the aircraft industry. After the war he started his own manufacturing business in Michigan. He and Ruth remained in Michigan until his retirement. However, he and Ruth, with their daughter Gail, often returned to Maine. Eventually they bought a home in Lincolnville Beach where he and his grandchildren enjoyed many summers. John noted that he was the "last of a long line of Maxfields, starting with John Maxfield in Salsbury, MA in 1640. He was a member of the Mt. Kineo Masonic Lodge#109 in Guilford since 1934. He also was a member of the Elks and the Knights of Pythias in Hillsdale, Michigan.

He is survived by a daughter Gail and her husband Donald Moss of Rockport; 3 grandchildren, Lawrence Murphy, Kellie Lanning, and Karrie Runles; 4 great grandchildren, Max and Lauren Murphy, Chris Kaufmin, and Jacob Lanning. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May, 13, 2006, at the Lawn Cemetery in Guilford conducted by members of Mt. Kineo Masonic Lodge.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Guilford Historical Society.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For more information or to sign an online guestbook go to

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