HARRINGTON - Karl Samuel Leighton, 67, died unexpectedly Jan. 8, 2014, at his home in Harrington. He was born May 12, 1946, in Rockland, the son of the late Samuel and Frances (Spear) Leighton. He was a graduate of Shead High School in Eastport class of 1964. He was a veteran serving his country in the U.S. Army
.He worked for many years as a plant manager in sardine factories, and then later for Cherryfield Foods until his retirement. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, and the American Legion Post No. 9 in Machias. His hobbies included working on model trains in his train room, wood working, working in his yard during the summer, target practicing with his son Mark, and reading about history. He especially loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by, and will be greatly missed by his son, Mark and wife, Marilyn; grandsons, Allen and fiancée, Morgan, Michael and wife, Dawn-Marie, and Jeffrey Leighton; great-grandchildren, Rylee, Mason, Cody, and Lainie; a brother, Robert E. Leighton and wife, Loretta; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 45 years, Sue C. Mealey in 2012; and a brother, Stanley Leighton.
Graveside services at the Hillside Cemetery, Eastport, will be announced in the spring by McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Doctors and staff of Harrington Family Health Center for the special care he received. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Harrington Family Health Center, 50 E. Main St., Harrington, ME 04643. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Leighton family by visiting www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com