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FRANKLIN AND PUNTA GORDA, FLA. - Harry M. Wooster, 93, of Franklin and Punta Gorda, Fl, passed away March 23, 2015, at home in Franklin. Harry was born in Old Town, Me, on July 12, 1921, the son of Harry M. Wooster, Sr. and Sarah (Poole) Wooster.

He graduated, with honors, from Old Town High School in 1939 and from the University of Maine in 1943, with a degree in civil engineering and enlisted in the Navy, where he was commissioned as an Ensign. The Navy sent him to New York University to study meteorology. He was awarded an MA in meteorology and assigned to a squad of PBYs chasing submarines off the coast of Florida and Cuba then to Tinian and Saipan in the South Pacific, where his squadron of PBYs rescued down airmen. Following his discharge, he returned to Old Town, ME, to marry his sweetheart, Ruth Barry of Michigan and started his long career as a water systems manager in Old Town, then to the national conglomerate, Consumer Waters Company, where he served in Pennsylvania and Maine. He became president of the Biddiford-Saco Water Company and developed the company into the largest privately owned water company in New England, winning many awards for his water and service.

He was very active and committed to the Biddeford community, serving on many boards, among them the Biddeford Saco Bank, the MacArthur Home for Widows and a major force behind the development of the Biddeford Industrial park and the Medical Center. He was an avid golfer and designed the golf for the local Country Club. He retired as president of the Company in 1986 and served as Chairman of the Board until 2002.

When he returned from the service, he deeded the Macomber-Wooster land in Franklin, he had inherited from his father, to his Mother, and at her demise he organized his six brothers and sisters and divided the waterfront into seven equal parcels, while saving the family homestead as a family owned parcel for communal use. Presently, there are seven individually owned cottages on Wooster Place for the growing clan.

He was predeceased by his wives, Ruth (Barry) Wooster and Fern (Preston) Wooster; his son, James Barry Wooster; his daughter, Sarah Jane Wooster; his brothers, Theodore Wooster and Richard Wooster; and his sisters, Helen W. Blake, Ruth W. Drew and Dora W. Smith-Shirley. He is survived by his wife, Dania (Blaisdell) Stager-Snow; sister, Mildred "Midi" W. Roberts; his son, Harry M. "Buck" Wooster Jr. and his significant other, Roberta Smith-Blumenkopf; his daughter, Catherine W. Barrett and her husband, Richard; his stepchildren, Dr. William Stager and his wife, Dr. Zoraida R. Stager, Dania "Daia" Gene Stager, Bradley A. Stager, David M. Stager and Kristen M. C. Stager; his grandchildren, Timothy Wooster, AnnaLee Wooster, Casey Wooster and Taylor Brown; his stepgrandchildren, Laine Blumenkopf, Kial Blumenkopf, Dr. Valli Stager-Smythe, Jean Marie Stager, Benjamin Myers, Madelaine Stager-Bakhos, Russell H. Shangle III and Gwendolyn Stager; great-grandchildren, Timothy Wooster Jr., Ian, Kira and Miranda Myers and Alice Juliette Stager-Smythe; and many, much loved nieces and nephews.

There will be no service at this time. A committal service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015, at the Bayview Cemetary in Franklin, followed by a celebration and remembrance of his life at the Wooster family compound in West Franklin, Maine. Those who wish to remember Harry in a special way may make gifts to the Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice, Ellsworth, Maine, (207) 664-5170.
Published on  March 28, 2015
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