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DOVER-FOXCROFT - Richard "Dick" Thornley, 72, died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at his home, losing his battle with heart disease. Born Nov. 26, 1934, in Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Claude and Regina Mary (Pelchet) Thornley. He moved to Maine in 1949. He served in the Air Force for 10 years. Dick worked in the woods and drove tractor-trailer for 35 years. He was a master barber for many years owning and operating Dicks Barber Shop on the Dexter Road; where he spent his days entertaining customers with jokes and real barber haircuts. He will be remembered for his love of music and his ability to sing and play most any instrument involved in Blue Grass. He was a member of the Kennebec Valley Boys and then with his sons formed the Kentucky Stumpjumpers.

Dick is survived by his wife, Pamerla of Dover-Foxcroft; his six children, Judith Mitchell and her husband, Todd, of Dexter, Kenneth Thornley of Hampden, Keith Thornley and his wife, Lynn, of Sangerville, Jackie Bolduc and her husband, Arthur, of Harmony, Richard Thornley of Wellington and Scott Thornley of Wellington; grandchildren, Teresa Mitchell, Tracy Mitchell, Jeremy Bolduc and Nathan Thornley; stepgrandchildren, Sherry, Christie and Nicky Withrow and Samantha Young; great-grandsons, Tyler Emery and Tristan Bolduc; his sister, Dorothy Getchell of South Thomaston; brother, Claude T. Thornley of Rhode Island; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Arlena; and his sister, Mary "Jane" Church of Guilford.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, April 20, at Dover-Foxcroft American Legion, a 5-7 p.m. spaghetti dinner and Blue Grass music with Dirigo Highway after the dinner.

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