- Steve Petry, 73, of Dixmont, passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, from natural causes at his cherished farmhouse in Dixmont. He was born in NYC on May 18, 1943, to Steven Petry and Phyllis Clarke Petry.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Delnevo Petry of ten years, of New York, NY. He also leaves his children, Scott (Dora) Petry of Dixmont, Maine, and Phil (Cindy) Petry of Westbrook, Maine, and 4 grandchildren, Alex and Ashley Whalen, Allison and Aaron Petry of Westbrook, 4 stepchildren, and 13 step grandchildren. Grampy/Pap was involved in his families' lives on a daily basis, which included spending time with his granddogs at the farm. His favorite of which was a male Shih Tzu named Stewie, who never left his side.
Steve lived in Virginia during his childhood and attended St . Stephen's School, and later graduated from Denison University in Ohio. Steve served in the Army as a drill instructor at Fort Dix during the Vietnam War. He was very proud of his service and supported all who chose to put their lives on the line for the United States of America. Like many Americans he shared great sympathy and support for those closely affected by the attacks of 9/11. 2001 proved again to be a difficult time in Steve's life, adding the death of his beloved wife Joann Kneser Petry.
Dad had a larger than life personality, which perfectly matched his stature and voice! It was clear to many that he cared deeply for those he loved. He spent the past ten years traveling the world with Joan while living in New York City, never forgetting his passion for The Way Life Should Be (Maine). He told many a story to anyone who would listen, from the NYC Barber to the Dixmont next door neighbor, often involving memories from times spent hunting and fishing with the boys, or enjoying a Broadway play and dinner with the girls, to anything in between. Dad was currently devising a plan for Scott to place a sign at the end of his road that would read: Free Bull Manure - U listen, with an arrow pointing towards the farmhouse.
Steve enjoyed working in security for the final years of his career including time at Husson College and Eastern Fine Paper, of which many a story could be told. Lifelong friendships would evolve from these positions and some he would come to consider as family (Skip & Ruth).
A memorial gathering will be held to celebrate the impact Steve's life had on those he loved and everyone he came in contact with. Please join the family at Greenlawn Memorial Funeral Home, 300 State Street, Bangor, Maine 04401, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. A private memorial will also be held in NYC on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
Should friends desire, they may honor Steve's love for the under DOG by sending memorial contributions to: Friends of Juliet Animal Rescue, PO Box 2212, Bangor, ME 04402.