Avery's Story

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BIRCH HARBOR - Avery "Pop"/"Gramp" Vance Chipman left this Earth on May 29, 2015 to meet his Lord and reunite with his beloved wife Estelle Church Chipman. He was born August 2, 1921 in Milbridge, the son of Edgar and Ella (Wilson) Chipman.

He moved to Bunker Harbor in 1940, having to quit high school and work to help care for his family. He married the love of his life on November 16, 1942, and they were married 71 years at her passing.

November 17, 1942 - the day after their marriage - Avery received a letter from Uncle Sam. He was drafted into the U.S. Army as an infantry man in company G of the 397th infantry regiment of the 100th Division. He was sworn in on November 26 in Bangor and went to South Carolina for training on December 11. Avery was away from home serving in the army for a total of 3 years, 1 month, and 2 days. As a WWII veteran, he had great love for his country and took pride in flying the flag.

Upon his return home in December 1945, Avery joined his wife and young son at his in-laws, and went fishing with his father-in-law. A piece of land was soon given to them, where Avery cleared a plot and framed up a house with the help of 2 older carpenters. Avery finished the house himself, so it was complete enough to move in September 9, 1947. Together, they raised four children there. Avery continued to lobsterfish, went Seining, worked on the Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, and became a gate guard at the Navy Base on Schoodic Point in 1963. There, he became supervisor and worked until 1981. He returned to lobsterfishing, retiring in 1986. In their later years, Avery and Estelle enjoyed playing cards, attending public suppers, and traveling around the U.S. and Canada. They were dedicated members of Birch Harbor Baptist Church, and cherished time at home with family and friends.

He is survived by brothers, George and wife Rebecca, Herbert, and Albert and wife Betty; sister-in-law, Alice, and special sister-in-law Annabelle, all of Bunker Harbor; two sons, James, and Merton and wife Peggy; two daughters, Jean and husband Richard Bridges, and Susan Scott, all of Birch Harbor; grandchildren, Timothy and wife Marwa, Tammy and husband Lance, John and friend Michelle, Lisa and friend Arthur, Stephen and wife Tracy, Joshua and wife Megan, Crystal, Avery and wife Stacey; greatgrandchildren, Amanda, Jacob, Jessica, Joshua, Dakota, Mckenzie, Shelby, Serena, Brady, Jordyn, Blake, Grafton, Jedd, and Landan; great-great-grandson, Gabrial; step-grandchildren, Courtney and wife Melissa, Jasmine and husband Joe, Cindy Tracy, JR, Tammy, Michael, and Bobby; step-great grandchildren, Alan, Gerald, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Holly, Dunovan, Xavier, and Alexia; cousins, Martha and husband James, Ronald and wife Lori; four wonderful ladies who were like daughters, LaNeta, Cindy, Nancy, and Tammy Croyt; special people, Allison, deceased, Ron and wife Nancy, deceased, Jillaine, Cheryl, Craig, Joyce, Larry and wife Phyllis, "dear wife" Florence Dinsmore, Maxine, Michelle, Bill, Nicole, Elijah, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. Avery was predeceased by his wife, Estelle; parents, Edgar and Ella; step-mother, Minnie; brothers, Roger, Leamon, Vint, and Maynard; sister, Mildred; sisters-in-law, Doris and Kay, and grandson, Michael.

There will be no visiting hours. Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at Birch Harbor Baptist Church, reception to follow at Masonic Hall in Winter Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Birch Harbor Baptist Church, 65 East Schoodic Drive, Birch Harbor, ME 04613.

Arrangements by Acadia Burial and Cremation Direct, 248 State St, Ellsworth 04605
Published on  June 2, 2015
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