FORT FAIRFIELD - Fort Fairfield - Eugene H. "Dint" Lovely, 85, husband of Joyce M. (Pelletier) Lovely, passed away Tuesday morning, May 12, 2015 at his Fort Fairfield home, following a brief illness. He was born February 25, 1930 in Fort Fairfield, the son of Sherman and Queenie E. (Canning) Lovely.
Dint was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School, Class of 1948, and attended Ricker College, Houlton for one year. He later attended the University of Maine at Orono in their Education Program. Dint served a stint in the United States Army during the Korean War and upon his discharge completed his education degree from U.M.O.. Dint was an accomplished basketball player through his high school and college years, and served as the basketball and golf coach for Ricker College for a year. He had been employed as a teacher and coach with the Ellsworth school system for two years, the Houlton school system for a period of time and was a teacher, coach and athletic director for the Presque Isle school system from the late 1960's until his retirement in 1986. His love for sports lasted throughout his lifetime, and Dint graciously volunteered his time with the Fort Fairfield Recreation Center, where he assisted with youth basketball programs for several years.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Lovely was predeceased by three brothers, Arbor, John and Walter Lovely; three sisters, Marjorie Riggs, Anna Q. Lovely and Ruth McGrath.
Mr. Lovely is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce M. Lovely of Fort Fairfield; two sons, Kurt Lovely and his wife Pam of Oxford, Kyle Lovely of Fort Fairfield; two daughters, Lisa Townsend and her husband Sam, Nancy Jackson and her husband Karl, all of Fort Fairfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Luther L. and Joyce Lovely of Wells, Thurber A. and Carla Lovely of Lincoln; two sisters and brother-in-law, Thelma White of West Palm Beach, FL, Lillace and Donald Gallagher of Presque Isle; ten grandchildren Heather Lovely of Fort Fairfield, Caston Lovely of Presque Isle, Erin Lovely of Oxford, Derek Lovely of Auburn, Rachel Jackson of Springfield, MA, Logan Lockhart of Easton, Jordan Jackson of Fort Fairfield, Landon Lovely and Griffen Lovely, both of Presque Isle, Seth Lockhart of Fort Fairfield; six great grandchildren, Haley, Laney and Mattey Devine, all of Fort Fairfield, Linux Lockhart of Easton, Alana Lovely of Presque Isle, Austin Wilner of Oxford; numerous nieces and nephews.
In keeping with the wishes of the family, services will be private. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Lovely to Aroostook Cancer Care, P.O. Box 150, Presque Isle, Maine 04769.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main Street, Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com