Nolan's Story

CARIBOU - Nolan K. Hafford, 56, was called home by his loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 16, 2015 at his Caribou residence. He was born October 11, 1958 in Fort Kent, the youngest son born to Mrs. Audrey Hafford. Nolan graduated from Caribou High School in 1976. After his graduation he worked for local contractors as an equipment operator. In 1979 he began his lifelong career in the water utility business, working for The Caribou Waterworks Corporation of Philadelphia at the Caribou Water Plant. He studied and passed the tests for certification as a Water Utility Operator attaining a Class 4 license, the highest classification from the State of Maine. He also attained a Class 4 Wastewater Treatment Operators certificate. In 1982 he transferred to the Millinocket Waterworks as Manager returning to Caribou in 1989 as Manager of the Water Division of the Caribou Utilities District, which had purchased Caribou Waterworks. Since 1998, Nolan has worked as the Senior Water Plant Operator in Caribou. Nolan was well respected in the water industry and served on the Education Committee of the Maine Water Utilities Association for several years. He also mentored many other employees in the water utility business over his many years of service. Nolan was an avid reader, loved the outdoors, and collecting coins and rocks. He loved watching programs on Alaska and one of his greatest dreams was going to Alaska to pan for gold. Mr. Hafford is survived by two sisters and brothers in law, Gloria A. Cushman and her husband Caldon of Caribou, and Carolyn Costello Hall and her husband Leslie of Windham, one brother Stanley Hafford of Presque Isle. Nieces and nephews, Dr. Joy M. Cushman and husband Dr. Michael Amey, Naomi Rustikov and husband Alexandr, Matthew Cushman and wife Crystal, Robert Costello and wife Michelle, John Costello and wife Tina, and Michael Costello. Three great nieces and six great nephews. Mr. Hafford was predeceased by his mother Audrey and a great nephew Carter Matthew Cushman. Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou, Friday, January 23, 2015 from 12 noon until time of services which will be held at 2pm from the chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Troy Heald officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Caribou. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Hafford may do so through the charity of one's choice.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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