EAST MACHIAS - Retired Chief Petty Officer, Laurence F. Danforth Jr., 79, beloved husband to Donna (Dennison) Danforth, died March 10, 2015, at the Bangor Veterans Home. He was born September 18, 1935, in Litchfield, ME, the son of the late Priscilla (Astle) and Lawrence F. Danforth Sr.
He attended schools in Litchfield before entering the Army where he served in Korea. Shortly after honorable discharge he joined the U.S. Navy as a radio man. He served 23 years aboard many ships in the Pacific before retiring at Cutler, ME as a Chief Petty Officer, with many ribbons and medals. He then worked as a security guard NCTAMS LANT DET Cutler, ME for 13 years before retiring. He was a member of American Legion Post #9 in Machias. He enjoyed traveling , fishing, hunting, camping, and was a great cook.
He is survived by his wife Donna; three children Anthony A. Danforth of East Machias, Laurence A. Danforth of Stratford, CT, and Russell Danforth of Worcester, MA; six stepchildren, Deborah, Gidget, Michael, Andrea, Audrey, and Jeffrey; two sisters, Gloria Douglas and husband Merle and Audrey Whitten and husband Maynard; two half-brothers George Danforth and Oliver Cromwell Jr.; a half-sister Margo Speck; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 1 pm Friday, March 13, 2015, at McClure Funeral Home, 467 Dublin St., RT 1, Machias. Burial at Jacksonville Cemetery, East Machias will be held in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Machias Food Pantry. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.