John J. Caine, Sr.
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Brewer - John Junius Caine, Sr., 88, was summoned home by his heavenly father on Saturday November 30, 2019. John was born on June 13, 1931, in Richmond, VA., the son of John Matthew and Emma Elizabeth (Branch) Cain.
John graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond class of 1948. He served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1955. While working for A. Sandler Company in Boston, John met Nell Mathis and they married on December 24, 1955 and were able to celebrate 63 memorable years together. The family moved to Sanford, Maine and then to Brewer which has been home for the last 51 years, raising 3 children.
John spent his career with varying levels of responsibilities in the shoe industry between A. Sandler Company, Sanford Shoe Company, Viner Brothers Shoes, Newport Shoe Company of Maine and Ansewn Shoe Company. John also served as a deputy for Penobscot County Sheriff's Department. John retired in 1992, giving him time to spend on his three passions, family, fishing and cars but not necessarily in that order. He was an avid member of the Central Maine Street Rods Club fulfilling his love of cars. John and Nell's traveling excursions took them to Alaska, Aruba, Montserrat and various destinations in the US.
John is survived by his wife, Nell of Brewer; one sister, Doris Smith of Dorchester, Massachusetts; three children, Johnetta Downes and husband Charles of Ellsworth, Kathy Griffith of Atlanta, Georgia, and John J. Caine, Jr. and wife Kelly of Perry Hall, Maryland; six grandchildren, Colby Downes and wife Hannah, Marcus Downes, Jaida Downes, Janelle Griffith, Alexander Caine and Ashton Caine.
The family expresses their gratitude to John's caregivers, Cheyenne, Kristine, Georgina and Mary for their loving care.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 5 to 7 pm Friday, December 6, 2019 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor where a funeral service will be held 3 pm Saturday December 7, 2019. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St. following the service.
Published on December 2, 2019


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Danny and Linda Webb
Dec 06, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of John J. Caine, Sr. by Danny and Linda Webb.  Send flowers
Neal Jacobs
Dec 05, 2019
Condolences to Nell & Family. I will always cherish the hunting & fishing trips John and I had together, and the stories that followed. John was a great neighbor & friend. He will be truly missed.
Larry T Doughty
Dec 05, 2019
My condolences to John's family. I visited John a few years ago, and it was a really good visit. A very interesting talented guy he was. We never know about the talents of some of our folks, unless we are able to sit and enjoy their conversation. Best to Nell and family.
Rick and Anne Laliberte
Dec 03, 2019
Sorry to hear of John passing.
Toni Phillips
Dec 02, 2019
MY deepest Sympathy and love to Nell and the family.We had so much fun living in the same neighborhood,John tried to keep us all straight and narrow.Love you John Caine your memory will live on.
Your work on earth is done. 💕🙏🏻😇
Gary and Barb Nadeau
Dec 02, 2019
Sending sincere condolences to his beautiful wife and family! Lots of happy memories of John on his fishing trips with Gary and the guys and times at Viner Bros. Shoe and Ansewn shoe! 🙏
GARY Nadeau
Dec 02, 2019
John was a very special friend. We will miss his phone calls and visits with him and Nell. RIP dear friend! 💖🙏
Deanna and Kevin Kneeland
Dec 02, 2019
We wanted to send our heartfelt condolences to the family on John's passing. He was a kindhearted man and we have many good memories of John from our days at Ansewn where we shared many laughs together. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Brookings-Smith Funeral Home
Dec 02, 2019