PHILIP GRAVES COBURN
NEWPORT & HAINES CITY, FLORIDA—Philip Graves Coburn, 75, died peacefully in his sleep October 12, 2004 at the Coburn cottage in Ripley. He was born June 4, 1929 atCoburn Farm in North Newport, the son of John and Lillian (Graves) Coburn. Phil graduated from Newport High School in 1946, the post-graduate program at Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, and the University of Maine with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1951. He married Joanne Burke in 1951 and, as the fifth generation on the family farm, he and Joanne began their farming career at the Coburn homestead with 5 cows and 440 acres of farmland. Phil’s herd grew to over 400 high-producing Holsteins, which were sold in 1986 in the Whole Herd Buyout Program. His land holdings grew to over 1000 acres, including 500 acres of fodder corn, for which he was awarded recognition several times from the National Corn Growers’ Association. In addition to corn, Phil also raised beef cattle until his retirement in 1996 when the farm was sold. He served on numerous Newport town committees including the Newport School Board and the Budget Committee. In 1962, Phil became a part-time insurance agent for Farm Family Insurance Company, eventually rising to agency manager and then district manager for the State of Maine. Phil returned to the farm in 1966 and initiated an expansion and modernization program. In 1986 he received the Maine Dairy Industry Leader Award. In addition to serving as a director of New England Milk Producer’s Association, he was the Vice President of the Maine Farm Bureau Association, American Soil Conservation Service Committeeman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Penobscot County DHIA, Vice President of Yankee Milk, Chairman of the Board of the Agrimark Cooperative, a member and past Master of the Parian Lodge #160 AM & FM, Corinna, and Anah Shrine of Bangor. He was a member of the Corinna United Methodist Church. Phil was an avid fan and supporter of the University of Maine athletic program and a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox.
He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 53 years, Joanne of Ripley; a daughter Debra and husband William Ziemer of Lucerne-in-Maine; grandchildren, Michael Ziemer of Aspen, CO and Katherine Ziemer of Boston, MA; a sister, Mary and husband Michael Holmes of Cumberland; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many special friends including Allan and Sue Dickey, Richard and Ginny Metivier, Dan and Tammy Brazier. He was predeceased by his parents, John Coburn and Lillian Coburn Roberts, step-father Carl Roberts, and an infant sister Betty.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, October 14th, at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7 P.M. Funeral services will be held 11 A.M. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Hudson officiating. Burial will be in the North Newport Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in Phil’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 2680, N. Canton, OH 44720; or the University of Maine Athletic Scholarship Fund, c/o Office of University Development, Buchanan Alumni House, 1 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
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