OLD TOWN - On November 18, 2015, our Dad, Alton Owen Amero, passed away surrounded by his family. He was born in Eaton, ME on May 6 1925, the son of Frank and Jessie (Smart) Amero.
Dad didn't have an easy life. His father died when he was nine years old and his mother died when he was 11. Dad's 20 year old brother, Dennis Amero took care of our Dad until Uncle Denny was called to serve in WWII. So, Dad was on his own at the ripe old age of 15.
Our Dad's education was what you might call limited. Not because he couldn't attend school, but because he chose not to attend. Uncle Denny was busy trying to keep food on the table for both of them so Dad's skipping school didn't really take priority. However, the lack of a formal education never stopped our Dad because there wasn't anything he couldn't fix, build, envision or fly. He had his own plane, which could give you a white knuckle ride if you chose to go.
Dad was left alone a lot as Uncle Denny worked in the woods and in those days you stayed in the woods camp and came out to your family on the weekends. Dad said that when Uncle Denny came home on the weekends the cooks in the camps would send out their leftover cakes and cookies for Dad. Dad lived in Eaton until the age of 19 working in the woods and trapping. He left Eaton and found work in the Old Town paper mill and remained there until he retired. He said, "It was the best job he ever had."
Our Dad was a hard worker. He also built boats and canoes as well as hauling gravel on the side enabling him to purchase our home in Pea Cove. This is the house that Dad left, but would return to in the end. It was in this house where the five Amero kids grew up and where our memories are forever stored.
Mama and Dad separated, with Dad moving into the camp he built in Alton, where he lived for the next 40 years. The ironic part was he was living like he had back when we was a child, but through his own ingenuity the camp had all the conveniences one would need to live comfortably. It was there where he seemed to be the most content living on his own terms. Now, you can well imagine that with this type of personality that towards the end of his life he had become quite a handful for his family.
Mama dies in 2010 and in 2013, because of Dad's health issues, staying at the camp was going to be a problem for him and us, so he left his camp that winter and spent his first winter in 40 years back at Mama's house. He would visit the camp when weather permitted, but he truly never returned to the camp to stay.
He was predeceased by his wife and he said, "his best friend" Waneta (Kinney) Amero in 2010, his beloved daughter Majel (Amero) Lanham in 1983, his son-in-law Howard W. Hatch in 2010 and his siblings, brother Dennis Amero and sisters, Madeline Jarvis, Celia Spinney and Leola Kinney.
Dad is survived by his remaining four children, Donna (Amero) Hatch of Argyle, Joyce (Amero) Smith and Ralph of Jonesport, Jane (Amero) Albert and Gary of Bridgeton, NJ and his only son Greg and Ann (Carey) Amero of Argyle.
He leaves behind 15 Grandchildren Wesley and Melisa (Sanborn) Hatch, Majel (Smith) Beal and Mathew, BobbieJo (Smith) Dame and Roger, Ralph Smith Jr. and Jill (Smith) Crachill and Brian, Alry Lanham and Traci, Shelton Lanham and Vicki, Penny (Lanham) Compton and Marvin, Gina Albert, Jenny (Albert) Nauki and Kevin, Joannie (Albert) Thompson and Ben, Gary Dean and Rebecca Thompson Albert Jr., Jaunita Albert, Lisa (Amero) Harris and Steve and Adrien Amero and Denise. Although Mama and Daddy are gone they presently leave behind 27 great grandchildren to carry on this family that was started in 1944.
There will be no public viewing and the burial will be private at Cedarvale Cemetery in Argyle.