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DEXTER - Paul A. Webster, 43, beloved and cherished husband of Ann Langlais, died February 19, 2002, at his residence after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Paul exceeded all expectations. He survived with grace and dignity surrounded by love. Everyone was richer for having known him. He was born April 26, 1958, the son of Earl and Nadine (Brown) Webster. Paul graduated from Sterns High School in Millinocket, Class of 1976. After a year at the University of Maine, Paul lived and worked as a self-employed carpenter and in construction in Florida, Texas, and Maine. In 1990, he entered the University of Maine and graduated in 1994 with a BA degree in Zoology, graduating with distinction. During those years he was a Work-Study student and later a Research Assistant in marine biology under the direction of Dr. John H. Dearborn. Following graduation, Paul fulfilled the requirements for a teaching certificate for high school science. Paul then worked within the Bangor school system both as a substitute teacher and in the spring of 1997 in a pilot program for at-risk students. In 1997 Paul began his career teaching biology and physics at Old Town High School. He taught until 2001 when his illness would no longer allow him to teach. Paul spent much of his youth with his grandfather, Papa Brown, who inspired his love of the natural world, in particular, the woods and lakes of the Millinocket area. Paulís innate curiosity was infectious to his family and his students. He had a broad knowledge of things in both the natural and practical world. Paul was able to articulate the most complicated subjects simply and with an exuberance that was inspiring. Paul waged a courageous ten-year battle against a rare bone cancer with a life-affirming and positive outlook. He was an inspiration to many. He lived life each and every day to the best of his ability in the midst of his close and loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Langlais, a son, Jacob Louis, his parents, Earl and Nadine Webster of Millinocket; six siblings, Ross and his wife Bonnie of Greenbrae, Calif., Cindy Cram and her husband Dana of Medway, Carla Small and her husband Tom of Evansville, Indiana, Eddie and his wife Sherrie of Dixfield, Earl Jr. of Auburn, Deanna Bradley and her husband Bob of Westminster, Colorado; nieces and nephews, Travis, Dana Jr., David, Amee, Sara, Roger, Jessie, Stevie, Sammy, Aspen; two very special grand-nieces, Maria and Lydia; his parents-in-law, Leo James and Fern Langlais of Dexter; sister and brothers-in-law, Elaine Seavey of Seminole, Oklahoma, Richard Langlais of Merrimac, New Hampshire., Edward Langlais of Dexter, Kenneth Langlais of Rockwood. He will be sadly missed by special and inspiring friends John and Bethel Dearborn, Dr. James W. Turner, Jan Pilotte, and Stephanie and Matthias Gottwald. We would also like to thank all the many medical personnel at Eastern Maine Medical Center for all their kindness and compassion over the many years caring for Paul. Our heartfelt thanks go out to those involved with his hospice care, Marsha Walden, Jacquie Soucy, Dr. Lesley Fernow and Dr. James Roberts, who made it possible for Paul to die in peace and without pain. Their care and kindness will never be forgotten. Paul and his wife want to thank all the members of the family for their love, support, and prayers, because without it, Paul would never have survived.

A celebration of Paulís life will be held Saturday, February 23 at 4 p.m. at the Crosby and Neal Funeral Home, 61 Main Street, Dexter, with the Rev. Adam Tierney of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Dexter officiating. Those who do not wish to send flowers may make donations in his memory to the Palliative Care Program- Jan Pillotte, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 489 State Street, Bangor, Maine 04402-0404 or Cancer Care of Maine, 417 State Street, Bangor, Maine, 04401.

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