PRINCETON - Philip George McDowell, 72, passed away March 16, 2013, at home. He was born July 25, 1940, in Princeton, son of the late Chester (Chuck) and Marion McDowell.
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He was a graduate of Princeton High School and served in the National Guard from March 1957 to May 1966. Phil is a past member of Princeton Fire Department and was a member of Lewy's Island Lodge No. 138 AF & A M. He proudly served the town of Princeton as a selectman and was a member of Princeton Rod and Gun Club, where he served many terms as president. His cooking skills will be greatly missed, including his toast buttering skills at the Congregational church on Easter morning! Phil was a hardworking man, who held many jobs throughout the years. He worked at a chicken farm, which would be why he refused to eat chicken ever after! He spent most of his working years working in the woods for Orland Dwelley and Son. Never one to sit still, after retirement he worked at Worcester Wreath and for Murray LaPlante and Sons. Phil was married to Judith Stevens in Houlton, May 7th, 1966, and together they raised their family in Princeton.
His parents; brother, Kenny; infant brother; sister, Peggy; wife, Judy; and son, Kenny, predeceased him. Surviving are his children: daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Ron Seeley of Montville, Conn.; son, John; daughter, Mary, both of Princeton; and daughter and son-in-law, Lorrie and Louis Nicholas of Mechanicsville, Md. His mother-in-law, Lorrie Stevens of Houlton also survives him. Phil's favorite people also survive him - all of them grandchildren, some by blood and all by heart, Elizabeth Seeley of Montville, Conn., Abigail and Nathaniel Nicholas of Mechanicsville, Md., Erika Brown, Ethan Nicholson and Cassandra Brown of Corinth. Many nieces, nephews, additional family members and friends, including special friends, Brent and Cindy Bailey and Jimmy and Linda Brown, will also fondly remember him. There are so many special memories of Phil. He was one of a kind and will be truly missed.
We will remember and celebrate his life 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Princeton Rod and Gun Club. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on March 18, 2013