PRESQUE ISLE - John R. Paton PhD, 70, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at a local hospital, with his family at his side. John was born in Clinton, Mass., and attended schools in Bernardston, Mass., and Unity-Freedom High School after the family moved to Troy. John was the son of Phillip and Marian (Rumgay) Paton.
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After working as a real estate appraiser in Waldoboro and Waterville, John was employed at Burrelles and taught history within the University of Maine System and Northern Maine Community College. He received his BA in History at the University of Maine in 1965 followed by an MA from Indiana University and his PhD focusing on agricultural history from the University of Maine at Orono. He was a kind, intelligent, soft spoken gentle man, and a role model to those who knew him.
John is survived by his wife of 26 years, Priscilla (Dean) Patton; his daughter, Rebecca Corcoran and her husband, Michael, of Canaan; and siblings and their spouses, Stanley and Judy Paton of Waldoboro, Peter Paton of Troy, Priscilla Paton and David Anderson of Northfield, Minn., and Mary Ella and Richard Jones of Poland. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends, and students and by his special cat, Scarlett. John was predeceased by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be held from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 19, at Troy Central Elementary School, cafeteria. Donations may be made in his memory to Northern Maine Community College Foundation, 33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.duncan-graves.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Oct. 5, 2013