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GUILFORD- Lawrence "Pete" R. Priest, 77, died February 4, 2011, at a Bangor hospital. He was born May 14, 1933, in Guilford, son of Earl and Erma (Herring) Priest.

He graduated from Guilford High School, and then served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After the service, Pete worked for over 40 years at Guilford Industries. He also owned and operated J. & J. Hardware in Monson for several years. He was a member of Stott Flanders American Legion Post in Sangerville.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Albee) Priest of Guilford; his first wife, and mother of his children, Florence (Gourley) Priest Harrington of Sangerville; his children, Jerilyn and her husband, Timothy Levensailor of Sangerville, Terry Priest and his companion, Melissa of Guilford, Lori Welch and her husband, Barry of Newport, Peter Priest and his wife, Michelle of Sangerville, and Chris Priest of Sangerville; step-children, Christine McKenney of Guilford, Randy Rollins of Sebec, Rusty Rollins of Ellsworth, Jeanne Knowles and her husband, Mickey of Abbot, and Joan Pulkkinen and her husband, Craig of Jonesport; step-daughter-in-law, Dianne Rollins of Abbot; a brother, Wilfred Priest and his wife, Lee of Guilford; a sister, Diane Leighton and her husband, David of Dover-Foxcroft; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a step-son, Kenneth "Chuck" Rollins.

Memorial services will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at the Guilford United Methodist Church, with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Spring burial will be in the Blanchard Cemetery in Abbot.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Guilford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 267, Guilford, ME 04443.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to

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