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DEXTER & RUMFORD—Rodney Smart Page, 79, passed away November 22, 2005 at his home on Loon Lane in Dexter. He was born March 29, 1926 at Dexter a son of Almon R. and Kathryn W. (Smart) Page. Rodney, fondly known as Jake, attended N. H. Fay High School. After graduation he served his country honorably in the U. S. Army, stationed overseas during World War II.

When he returned, he attended the University of Maine Farmington where he received B.A. Degree in Education. Jake taught in Dexter, Kingman and Exeter before settling in Rumford Point. He served the Rumford area for 21 years as a teacher and a principal, retiring in 1982.

After living in Parkman for 9 years, Jake and his wife, June (Smith) Page, returned to Dexter and lived out his remaining years on his family property on Lake Wassookeag. Jake loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, reading western novels, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Maine Teachers Association, Central Maine Trail Blazers, Dexter Snowmobile Club, Poulliot-Seavey Post #53 American Legion, Shirley B. Carter Post # 4298 VFW, National Rifle Association, and the Sportman’s Alliance of Maine. Jake was also an active member of Dover Heartwise. On November 21, 2005 he received his “Heartwise Hat” for completing his 12th year with them.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, June of Dexter; a brother, Samuel Page and wife Lottie of Dexter; 2 sons, Denis Dinsmore and wife Debbie of Scarborough, and Rodney S. “Ricky” Page II and wife Cindy of Parkman; 3 daughters, Denise Dinsmore and partner Lorrie Chipman of Hampden, Karen Chapman of Fort Myers, FL, and Karal Perry and husband Eric of Old Town; 10 grandchildren, Deanna Petrie and husband Gary of Rumford, Kyle Dinsmore and wife Jen, Travis Dinsmore and wife Joey, all of Telluride, CO, Derek Dinsmore and wife Mary of Hampden, Michael Martin and wife Debbie of Bethel, Christopher Martin and wife Traci of Newburgh, Jessica, Jacob, and Jarrett Lukas, all of Old Town, Tres Page of Parkman; and a foster granddaughter, MaryAnn Greenlaw of Dover-Foxcroft; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Almon and wife Phyllis Page.

Jake will be sadly missed by his snowmobiling and four-wheeling buddy, Jack Dearborn of Garland.

The family wishes to send a special thank-you to Dr. Fernow’s office and Hospice of Maine for their support and care.

At his request, there will be no funeral services. The family will hold a time of visitation at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street, Dexter from 2 to 4 PM Friday, December 2th. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dover Heartwise, c/o Judith Gerrish, 75 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Dexter.

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