- Walter A. Washburn, 87, passed away following a brief illness on January 28, 2017. He was born on February 25, 1929, in Ocoee, Florida, the son of Robert H. Washburn and Alma McCurdy.
He spent his early childhood in Brooklyn, New York. Walter moved to South Orrington, Maine, in 1936 and remained at the same Mill Creek residence for 75 years. His favorite pastime was caring for and beautifying that property on the Penobscot River. Upon graduating from Brewer High School, Walter, an avid sportsman, worked at Dakin Sporting Goods. He also worked for Acme Dunham and Harvey Distributing Company before starting his own business, Northeast Distributing Company, selling hardware throughout Down East Maine. He served in the Maine Army National Guard for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Sergeant Major. His first call of duty came during the infamous 1947 Bar Harbor fire. He was a lifetime member of Ralph J. Pollard Masonic Lodge. Known as an avid storyteller, hunter, fisherman and woodsman, Walter was light on his feet and enjoyed dancing the jitterbug, waltz and foxtrot. He loved cribbage, wildlife and boating on Penobscot and Frenchman Bays. Most of all, he adored spending time with his friends and family.
In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Agnes Washburn; his grandfather, Georg 'Georgie' Washburn; and his stepmother, Kay 'Billie' Washburn. He will forever be cherished by his family, including his loving wife of 48 years, Priscilla Crook Washburn of Brewer; daughters, April Herbold and husband, Seth, of Eliot, Cindy Swift and husband, Richard, of Auburn and Debra Wedge and husband, Michael, of Hampden; grandchildren, Dean Romprey and wife, Jennifer, of Fort Wayne, IN, Keith Romprey and wife, Darcie, of Bangor, Henry and Natalie Herbold, both of Eliot; two great-grandsons, Gabriel and Derick Romprey; brother, Robert Washburn of Brewer; sister-in-law, Betty Renaud of Brewer; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of Walter's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, at East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Rd.,, with Pastor Carl Schreiber, officiating. Those who wish to remember Walter in a special way may plant a tree in his memory this spring, or make a gift to the American Diabetes Association Maine, P.O. Box 10310, Portland, ME 04104. The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to the staff at the Ellen Leach Memorial Home, St. Joseph's Hospital and the Maine Veteran's Home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  January 30, 2017