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CHARLOTTE - Dwight, 84, passed away June 9 at Marshall's Health Care Center in Machias after a long illness.

He was born April 26, 1932 at Hartford Hospital to Dwight and Hilma Ferry of Avon, CT. He graduated from Canton High School in 1950 and went on to study at the University of Maine Machias and the University of Maine Orono, receiving B.S and Master's of Ed degrees and CAS. He served two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Koyoto, Japan. Dwight met Janice Miles during college and the two were married in 1956.

Dwight held teaching and administrative positions in Bangor, Veazie, Orono, and Baileyville. He retired from Woodland Elementary School after 17 years, where his amazing staff became an extended family. He and Janice moved from place to place but finally settled on the Damon Farm in Charlotte, where they lived for 39 years.

Dwight was active in many different circles (professionally, personally, and athletically). He was affiliated with and held office in the Maine Principals' Association, Jaycees, and Jaycees International Senators' Group. He was an outdoor enthusiast; Dwight enjoyed spending time in both camps he built (at West Grand Lake and in Charlotte). On the court, Dwight (known as "Moose") was inducted into the UMM Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. This honor made the entire Ferry basketball bloodline proud.

Dwight was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law, Dick Miles, of Baileyville. He is survived by his wife, of 59 years; his first son, Robert Elliot and wife, Jeannie, of Princeton; his grandson, Robert Elliot Jr., wife Jessica, and twin great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Austin, of Hallowell; his granddaughter, Michelle Elizabeth and husband, Carl Ripley, of Baileyville; his second son, John Arthur and wife, Beth, and granddaughters, Elizabeth Ashley and Jennifer Lynn, of Winslow; his sister-in-law, Anne Miles, of Baileyville; his nieces Suzanne Miles Finn, of Dedham, MA, and Suzanne and Lannie Moffatt, of Bangor.

Dwight also leaves behind some close buddies who he respected as friends, co-workers, and hunting/fishing companions.

Burial will be a graveside service at Round Pond Cemetery on Saturday, June 18 at 1:00 PM. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Charlotte Fire and Rescue Hall.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Charlotte Fire and Rescue in care of Herbert Clark (9 Annas Drive Charlotte, ME 04666) or Friends of Princeton in care of Sharon Norman (PO Box 153 Baileyville, ME 04694).
Published on  June 11, 2016
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