EAST MILLINOCKET - Don A. "Red" O'Grady of 7 Forest Avenue passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2014, in East Millinocket.
A twenty-year veteran of the Air Force, he proudly served in Vietnam and traveled extensively throughout the world. He frequently said, "when he was twenty-one he went to Norway as a single man with a duffle bag, and came back three years later with a wife and two kids."
Upon retirement he returned to East Millinocket with his wife Elin and four children and not only had another twenty-year career with Great Northern Paper Company, but also earned an associate's degree in business administration from Husson College. While in East Millinocket, he enjoyed time with his family and many friends, spending summers at camp, playing golf, reading, and sitting on his front porch watching other people work.
He was extremely proud of his four children and five grandchildren for their accomplishments in sports, education, and careers. He was predeceased by Elin, his wife of forty-four years; his sister Elaine Butts; his parents Don and Luvie Dickinson who raised him from the age of six, taught him to own up to broken windows (and other boyhood accidents), and adopted him when he was fifty. He is survived by his four children: Don O'Grady and his wife Jennifer of Cumberland, Katherin O'Grady and her partner Stephen Monn of Portland, Stephen O'Grady and his wife Rhonda of Littleton, Colorado, Jennifer O'Grady Kent and her husband Paul of Windham; his five grandchildren, Caroline, Tyler, Jakob, Emily and Nolan; his sister Barbara Drew of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and his niece Cheryl Sanfacon and nephews Don Drew, Peter Drew, and Michael Butts, as well as his extended family from Norway.
The family would like to thank his wonderfully close community of friends in East Millinocket. Red was always brightened by their drop-in visits and happy to share stories.
Funeral Services will be held 3 P.M. Thursday, November 6 at the First Congregational Church of East Millinocket, 11 Maple St., with Pastor Linda Hatch officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be held in the springtime at East Millinocket Cemetery. The family invites relatives and friends to celebrate Red's life at his home on Forest Avenue following the services.
In Red's memory, donations may be made to the East Millinocket Fire Department, 125 Main St., East Millinocket, ME 04430. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at Red's Book of Memories at www.lamsonfh.com.