Arthur's Story

BATH - Arthur Farley Mayo III devoted his entire life to serving the community in Bath, Squirrel Island, Sagadahoc County, and the State of Maine. He was born in Bath on May 10, 1936, to Louise (Messer) and Arthur F. Mayo, Jr.

He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Martha Farrington Huotari Mayo, his stepdaughters, Kirsti Huotari Ryder and Mari Martha Eosco and her husband Daniel Eosco, and four grandchildren: Niesa Ryder, Sakari Ryder, Alden Eosco and Gavin Eosco, all of Bath, brother-in-law, Frank J. Farrington of Bangor, many nieces, nephews and cousins from all over the country. He passed of cancer on November 3, 2015 under the care of Hospice and surrounded by family.

Art graduated from Morse in 1954. He received a B.A. from the University of Maine in 1958, graduated from Cincinnati Mortuary Science College in 1959, and received a M.Ed from the University of Southern Maine in 1973. He worked as Associate Director, University of Maine Alumni Association; Associate Dean of Men, University of Maine; and Dean of Students, University of Southern Maine (POGO) over a ten year period. He was National Vice President of Alpha Tau Omega and visited colleges all over the country. He then returned to Bath and ran the family funeral homes in Bath and Wiscasset for 23 years. He purchased Curtis & Hill in 1988 so it became Mayo, Curtis & Hill. He was active in and led numerous local community organizations.

Art served in the Maine House of Representatives and Senate from 1994 to 2006 and was a member of Legal & Veterans Affairs, Banking & Insurance, and (chair of) the Health and Human Services committees. He was chair of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Pricing. In 2001, he sponsored the legislation that enabled the establishment of the Mid-Coast Center for Higher Education at the former Bath Hospital building as well as working hard for other legislation. His ability to reach across the aisle did well for Bath, Brunswick, and Sagadahoc County.

Squirrel Island was a second home for Art. There he served community just has he did in Bath. He served on the Board of Overseers and participated in hiring the first Island Manager; they worked together on the sewer project in 1989-90. He followed one of his brothers-in-law (who had been his counselors at Camp Hinds) as President of the Grandfather's Club and Treasurer of the Historical Society. He also was President of the Chapel Association.

Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington Street, Bath. A gathering of Family and Friends will follow at Winter Street Center, 880 Washington Street, Bath.

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