Clair 'Pud' Atwood O'Roak

Sep 24, 1923 - Jan 29, 2017

Clair's Story

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Sherman - Clair "Pud" Atwood O'Roak, 93, died January 29, 2017. Our father, "Pud", left this life to join his wife of 73 years, Nadine, who predeceased him in 2015. Dad was born September 24, 1923, to Burleigh and Mattie (McQuarrie) O'Roak in Sherman.
Growing up on a working farm with six active siblings gave rise to a young life full of hard work and high jinx. Many stories were told recounting those days. He attended the Longfellow School and graduated from Sherman High School, class of 1941. On November 26, 1942, he married Nadine Tilly who would be his help mate and constant companion until her passing. They eventually moved to their farm on Main Street in Sherman, which would be their home for the next 68 years. Daughter, Cynthia, was born in 1946, followed by Susan in 1950. He was a devoted father despite the fact that having 2 girls did not prove to be much help with farm labor, something he never held against us.
Pud was a life long farmer, growing certified seed potatoes for decades. His gardens were gigantic in size, prompting him to ask every visitor "Do you need any potatoes or squash?". He loved his farms and was an excellent care taker of the land as well as being a real student of the natural world, an appreciation he passed on to his daughters and especially his beloved grandsons, Ryan and Matthew. Bumpy taught them to always carry a good jack knife. Later, following his retirement from farming, he acted as an operation manager for Randy Cyr's forest business. This was a job he truly enjoyed, both the people and the outdoors gave him much satisfaction.
Pud was very civic minded; he served the town of Sherman in many capacities. Among other responsibilities he was a volunteer fireman, sat on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, was a deputy sheriff, a member of the Washburn Memorial Church and Old Home Days Committees. Additionally, he was a 50 year member and Past Master of Molunkus Lodge #165 AF&AM of Sherman and a member of Molunkus Valley Chapter #95 OES. His sense of duty extended to a patriotic desire to serve in WWII. He was deferred on a hardship basis as his two older brothers were already serving in the Pacific and European Theaters and he was needed on the farm.
He is survived by daughters, Cynthia Lyon of Kennebunk and Susan McAvoy and her husband, Bill of Sherman; grandsons, Ryan McAvoy and his wife, Meghan of Kenduskeag, Matthew Morris and his wife, Alice of Gloucester, MA; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Claire Morris, also of Gloucester MA; siblings, Walten O'Roak and his wife, Gwen of Bangor, Dorothy McCellan of Sherman and Dean O'Roak of Freeport. He was also blessed with several caring nieces. Dad was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Nadine; brother, Wilfred "Bill" O'Roak; sisters, Corrine Bragdon, and Verda Mitchell; son-in-law, David Lyon. All these and many, many dear friends from his life were there to greet him when he passed.
Bumpy was a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and friend who has left a legacy of love and memories. Thank you Dad.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Madigan House for their compassionate care and love shown to Dad every day of his stay, but especially during his last hours. Thank you also to his roommate, Roger Hardy.
Services and interment will be announced at a later date. Donations may be made to the Madigan House Activity Fund, 93 Military Street, Houlton, ME 04730 or to Celebration of Life, 805 Station Road, Stacyville, ME 04777, with checks made payable to KES. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.
Published on  January 31, 2017
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