CHAPMAN - Fernald P. Garland, 93, of E. Chapman, died on Sept. 29, 2013, at home, surrounded by family.
He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel A. (Sloat) Garland, with whom he shared 71 years of marriage and a love that continues through their seven children, Pamela G. Loft of Windham, Wanda R. Garland of Waldoboro, Janice G. Wood of Waldoboro, Fernald Timothy Garland of Bangor, Cheryl A. Crabtree of Argyle, Nita Garland of Gainesville, Fla., and Francine J.G. Stark of Winterport; 15 grandchildren, Brent, Daniel, and Shane Harper, Jonathan, Benjamin, and Jeremiah Loft, Leslie, Laurie, Doug, and Timothy Wood, Adam and Tara Garland, Steven and Barbara Crabtree, and Hazel Z. Stark; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Born June 29, 1920, in Presque Isle, the son of Ruth E. (Higgins) Garland and Floyd E. Garland, Fernald was predeceased by his brothers, F. Woodford "Woody" Garland and Roland Garland.
A veteran of World War II
, in which he proudly served in the U.S. Navy
, Fernald dedicated his life to being a good man, as husband, father, farmer, shepherd, friend, mentor, carpenter, and woodsman. He encouraged many young people through leading 4-H Dairy and Sheep Clubs in the 1950s and 60s. He was a lifelong member of the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church. Hazel and Fernald were members and leaders of the Spud Shufflers Square Dance Club and danced together beautifully for 30 years. He loved to tell stories; especially those that would make people laugh. Fernald was a mighty man with many skills. He could build a tractor from scrap parts, drop a tree in the woods exactly where he wanted it to fall, and create a finely crafted piece of art from wood. Fernald and Hazel together planted over three million trees in Aroostook County. In their many trips on the Allagash Waterway, Hazel and Fernald were unbeatable in their 21 foot White Canoe. As their children struggled to keep up, with Hazel paddling in the bow and Fernald's efficient paddle strokes and navigation from the stern, they would glide across the big lakes, filled with joy and appreciation for the woods, water, and wildlife and the opportunity each day to live and love. Fernald's memories of those trips on the Allagash were the treasured images that sustained him through the last years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope and Justice Project, P.O. Box 148, Presque Isle; or the
. To honor Fernald's memory, appreciate the forest, support local agriculture, and make time to enjoy the Allagash Waterway.
Friends may call on the family 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the church, where funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at United Methodist Church, Presque Isle, with a reception following at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com