MEDWAY - Keith B. Hale, 89, went home to be with the Lord, September 14, 2014. He was born June 30, 1925, in Millinocket, the son of Albert and Vera (Stewart) Hale.
Keith grew up in East Millinocket where he attended Schenck High School with his brothers, Everett and John. He married the love of his life, Geneva Thompson and together they had six children. Keith eventually bought a residence and moved to Medway in 1974 where he resided until being called home. He worked in the yard for Great Northern Paper Co for more than 37 years. He was a long-term member of the Pulp and Sulphite Union. He later retired in 1987 under Georgia Pacific. In his retirement years, he enjoyed working in the garden, mowing his lawn, puttering around the house on different projects, attending public suppers where he would reminisce with people about the "old days". He enjoyed making trips to the local transfer station to socialize with the workers and to do a little shopping. He really enjoyed the different seasons, especially strawberry picking and apple picking season. He had to make sure he had his Macs and fresh strawberries. He loved the Old Medway Church. Living just up the road, he would often go down to clean, rest on the steps or just look it over. He would often take notes of the repairs that needed to be done. He enjoyed tournament season and would let everyone know how the games turned out with a phone call. He enjoyed reading the Bangor Daily News religiously. Later in life, the obituaries became the most important. If he knew someone, he would often call and talk to the family and share some stories and a little history with them. He had friends all over the state. He loved going for rides, especially if someone else was going to do the driving. He often talked about making trips to Newport to his grandparents' place when he was younger and how it wasn't just an hour and a half ride. One never knew where they would end up with him. He enjoyed going for pie and ice cream, making surprise visits to the Medway highway garage to chat with the guys. He really enjoyed going grocery shopping with his great niece-in-law, Heather. Keith would attend church almost every Sunday and if he couldn't, he would watch Souls Harbor on the television. He enjoyed the old gospel hymns and playing them on the piano. Keith spoke highly of a lot of people, but especially the late Preston Snowman. He couldn't say enough good about him and what he had done to start the old church on Route 116. He was proud of himself for helping to start and teach some of the first Sunday School classes there. He was an honest man and a man of integrity. He was a man that stood for the principle of things. He had a big heart and if he had anything you needed, it would be yours. He was always willing to help others in the time of need. He really enjoyed life until the end. Recently, up to the end of July, he was out weeding the garden, mowing his lawn and doing things he loved. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Everett E. Hale and his half brother, Frank Alley, Sr. He is survived by his children, Brian Hale of East Millinocket, Harland Hale of Medway, Belinda Gleason and her husband, Richard, of Lee, New Hampshire, Loren Hale and his wife, Joyce, of Lincoln, Christine Merritt of Rockland and Cheryl Nelson, of Clifton; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; his brother, John Hale and his wife, Patty, of Millinocket. He is also survived by his second close family and friends, "The Village Boys" including three special great nephews, Galen, Greg and Greylen Hale; a special great niece, Emmy Hale (Williams) who he admired for her compassion and acts of kindness; a very special great niece-in-law, Heather Hale, who he often referred to as his daughter; and a very special great great niece, Giannah Hale, who was his darling and little sweetheart that he loved so much.
Family and friends are invited to visit 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 18 at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln, where a memorial service and celebration of life for Keith will be held 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Regginal Adams officiating, Interment will be in Grindstone Rd. Cemetery, Medway, immediately following the service. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.