MASARDIS - Frederick W. Haley Sr., 70, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 3, 2014 at a Presque Isle hospital. He was born May 28, 1943, in Fort Fairfield, son of the late Ralph "Bud" and Rita (Hill) Haley.
He graduated from MCI and went to the University of Maine for a year and then enlisted in the US Army. After returning home he went to work at the former Sal-Mor cattle farm in Masardis. He worked for them for several years and then went to work as a forklift operator at the J.Paul Levesque Lumber mill where he was employed for 25 years. During this time he joined the National Guard 152 Field Artillery Battery B in Houlton, where after 20 years he retired. Fred loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and 4-wheeler. Raising beef for family and friends was one of his hobbies he truly loved as he was always a farmer at heart. He enjoyed spending time at camp on SquaPan especially when the whole family was there with him. He also was Betty's second in command at the greenhouse assisting her with whatever was needed to be done. Fred's family was the most important thing in his life and enjoyed going to all his grandchildren's events. His other love was his faithful dog Jackson, who was his constant companion and best friend.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty (Rafford) Haley of Masardis; two sons, Fred Haley Jr. and his wife, Jessica and their daughters, Paige, Kasey and Addyson, of Mapleton and Shawn Haley and son, Dylan of Portage; two sisters, Claire Gill of Port St. Lucie, FL and Gloria Kilcollins of Fort Fairfield, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Patti Lee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at St. Marks Catholic Church, Ashland. Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday morning at the church. Arrangements are a service of Lajoie Funeral Home-Ashland, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com