Joseph's Story

ORONO - Joseph L. Haverlock, 86, a resident of Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono, died peacefully March 8, 2016. Joe was born March 14, 1929, in Orono, the son of Joseph and Leona Williamson Haverlock.

Joe graduated in 1947 from Orono High School, then worked for his father at his garage in Orono. He enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served in the military police on Governor's Island, NYC. Returning to Maine, he attended Husson College on the GI Bill and worked at the University of Maine Bookstore. While at Husson, he met and married Miriam Coburn. He graduated with a degree in business administration and took an accounting job in Trenton, NJ. After two years, they missed Maine and moved back to Orono, where he built a house and joined an accounting practice in Bangor with Husson teachers Bill Donahue and Robert Ronan. His accounting took him all over the state, making many friends along the way. In later years the firm became Haverlock, Estey and Curran.

Joe and Miriam loved to travel and to camp with family and friends. This, along with his passion for business, led to developing RV parks. First was Villa Vaughn in Orono with his brother Herschel. Next was Twin Shores Camping Area on Prince Edward Island. And after retiring to Florida at age 55, he designed and built, with partners, two RV parks there.

Deer hunting with Joe's buddies was a must every fall.

Joe was a member of the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis and the American Legion Orono Post 84.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Miriam; their five children, daughter, Gayle and husband, Andy Alexson, Chattanooga, TN, daughter, Karen and husband, Clay Kirby, Orono, son, Joe, Orono, son, Mark and wife, Leyla, Gray, TN, and son, Brian and Janet Howard, St. Pete, FL; four grandchildren, Miles and wife, Katie Kirby, Kate Kirby, Bill Alexson, and Austin Haverlock; brother, Herschel, Okeechobee, FL; and sister, Jane Hutchins, Lamoine, ME; cousins, including his special camping buddy, Raymond Williamson; nieces and nephews.

Joe was predeceased by brothers, Robert and Virgel; and sisters, Louaine and Althea Walters.

His family extends a special thanks to the Dirigo Pines staff for their excellent care.

A funeral service will be held Monday, March 14, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at United Baptist Church, 86 Middle Street, Old Town, with Pastor Bruce Stevens officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of service and are invited to the reception to follow. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Orono, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association, 383 US Route 1 #2C, Scarborough, ME 04074

American Heart Association Maine Chapter, 51 Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Funeral services are under the direction of the Greenlawn Funeral Directors, Bangor.
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