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PORTSMOUTH, NH - Leslie E. Dorr, 87, of 74 Coakley Road, Portsmouth, N.H., was called by his creator on July 16, 2015 at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

He was born February 8, 1928 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the son of Captain Herman E. and Fanny M. (Walker) Dorr. The family moved to Orland, Maine in 1932 and he attended public schools in Orland, Maine and Bucksport, Maine. He was married in September 1950 to Ann Marie Palmer of Bucksport, Maine. During and after high school he was employed by the Maine Seaboard Paper Co. at Bucksport and in 1946 he joined his father in business as H. E. Dorr & Son IGA Store in Orland, Maine.

In October of 1947 he enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard and that same year he was approached by the Selectman of the Town of Orland to assist in the organization of the Orland Volunteer Fire Department and asked to accept the position as Assistant Fire Chief. His unit of the Maine Air National Guard was activated in February of 1950 during the Korean War conflict. He rose to the rank of Technical Sergeant (E-6) while a member of that unit. After release from active duty he worked for a short time for the Sullivan Ford Dealership in Bangor and then studied Insurance Adjusting under the G.I. Bill with the firm of Charles J. O'Leary, Inc. of Bangor, Maine under the instruction of Charles J. O'Leary and Walter J. Constantine. He passed his Maine Unlimited Adjusters examination and obtained his license in 1953. He remained with the O'Leary firm until December of 1956 at which time he accepted a position as Assistant Fire Chief in a civilian capacity with the U.S. Air Force at Pease AFB at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1957 he organized the firm of Leslie E. Dorr Adjuster, Inc. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, of which he was President. The business operated very successfully until it was sold in October of 1990. In 1964 he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve with the rank of Chief Firefighter (E-7) during this enlistment he attended several schools related to his rate. He was the first person to attain the (E-9) rating of Master Chief Firefighter in the First District of the U.S. Coast Guard when those rates became available to reserve personnel. During his military career he received several military decorations, awards, citations and commendations among which were the National Defense medal with hour glass device, the Armed Forces Reserve medal with hour glass device, Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Commendation ribbon, the U.S. Air Force Good Conduct medal, the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifleman medal and the Expert Pistol medal. He was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1988 with a total of over (32) thirty-two years of service.

During his lifetime he belonged to numerous organizations and served on various committees. He had been a member of the Boy Scouts of America as a Star Scout and Jr. Ass't Scout Master, a member of Narramissic Grange, Rising Sun Lodge #71 A.F. & A.M., Hancock Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Bangor Council Royal & Select Masters, Knights Templar, The Felicity Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Treasurer, Northern Maine Adjusters Assoc., Life member of the State Association of Fire Chiefs of Maine, member of Portsmouth Jaycees, Founder and Charter President of the Seacoast Adjusters Association of New Hampshire, member of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Commander of the 393rd Bombardment Squadron at Pease AFB, Co-Chairman Seacoast Military Affairs Committee, member of the Portsmouth/Kittery Armed Services Committee, Life member of the Military Heritage Museum of Punta Gorda, Florida, member of The National Association of Independent Business, member National Association Independent Insurance Adjusters, member of AARP, member National Society for the Preservation of Social Security, member Fleet Reserve Association, member Chief Petty Officers Association of the United States Coast Guard, member of The Retired Enlisted Assoc., member of the Top Senior Enlisted Association, member of The American Legion, member of The Veteran's of Foreign Wars , former director Portsmouth Council Navy League of the U.S., member and Secretary of Suncoast Council of Navy League of the U.S. of Punta Gorda, Florida, member Piscataqua Rifle and Revolver Club, Board of Wardens North Congregational Church of Portsmouth, NH, member of the Executive Board and Endowment committee of the Punta Gorda Congregational UCC of Punta Gorda, Florida.

He sold the adjusting business in October of 1990 and retired spending his winters at the home in Punta Gorda, Florida and summers at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire home.

Survivors include Dorothy V. Hoyt, dearest friend and loving, devoted and dedicated companion. A nephew Barton Hutchins and wife Pamela of Orland, Maine, a niece Frances Gray of Franklin, Maine, nephew by marriage Ritchie Palmer and wife Cheryl of Bangor, Maine, niece by marriage Eileen Lafland and husband Larry of Holden, Maine; along with numerous great nieces and nephews.

Services: Masonic services by St. Andrew's Lodge No. 56 F&AM will be held at 10:45AM on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the North Congregational Church, Market Square, Portsmouth, NH followed by memorial services at the Church at 11:00AM. Les would appreciate donations made to North Congregational Church, 355 Spinney Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801 or to a charity of your choice. Visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book. Arrangements are under the direction of J. Verne Wood Funeral Home-Buckminster Chapel.
Published on  July 25, 2015
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