Hartley G. Dwyer, 86, went to be with his Lord on October 4, 2016, with his girls on each side holding his hands, telling him they loved him as he slipped into his loving Saviors arms. He was born October 19, 1929, in Houlton, the son of George and Ida Mae (Coffey) Dwyer.
He was a graduate of Danforth High School, attended Ricker College, graduated from Northern Virginia Community College and Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., for the International Boundaries Commission as an engineer. For forty years he was an active member of the Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. He and his wife retired to Maine in 2000 to be with family and for Hartley to enjoy the outdoor way of life away from the big city. He enjoyed both fishing and hunting, and at a young age he became a registered Maine guide, which he was very proud of. He was an active member and deacon of the Haynesville Baptist Church, as it was very important to him to serve the Lord. He was a member of the Baskehegan Masonic Lodge #175 and a 32nd degree member of Scottish Rites in Bangor.
Friends and family were very important to him and to them he was known as "Hart." His daughters were his pride and joy. Another great joy was being called grampy and great-grampy. He loved the many family gatherings where there was lots of laughter and fun. Hart loved to tell stories, jokes and was forever a tease. He also enjoyed time with friends whether fishing, hunting or playing a game or two or twenty of cribbage. Hartley felt God had truly blessed his life.
He is survived by his 2 daughters and their husbands, Debbi and Bruce Sprich of Highlands, NC, and Susan and Bruce Aldrich of Haynesville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Carol Gould; special cousin, Alton "Bud" Dwyer; special friends, Clyde Martin, George White, Charles and Avis Earley; many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Christina "Tina" J. (Gould); 5 brothers; 6 sisters; a special brother-in-law, Byron L. Gould; and special friend, Calvin Doane.
The family would like to thank Dad's home care provider, Katie Dow. She was more than a provider, she was part of our family. To dad she was another daughter and to us, another sister. She had so much love for Dad and helped take such good care of him. Dad looked forward to the days she would be there. She was kind enough to listen to his stories, some many times over. It was nice to hear Dad and Katie laughing in the dining room table. Katie got a lot of Dad's teasing too but she took it with a grain of salt. Dad even tried to teach her how to play cribbage. She also gave Dad his greatest joy which was one last time to go hunting. For that we will forever be grateful.
Friends may call 12-1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, at the Haynesville Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. with the Pastors Steve Straubel and Steve McNally officiating. Interment will be in the Selden Cemetery. A reception will be held at The First Settler's Lodge following the interment. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St, Springfield MA 01104 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 200 Office Park Drive Suite 115, Birmingham, AL 35223, in honor of his great-grandchildren, Hope and Zach Ryer of Trussville, AL. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.
"REMEMBER FRIENDS AS YOU PASS BY, AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WAS I.
AS I AM NOW SO WILL YOU BE.
REMEMBER FRIENDS ETERNITY!!!"