John A. Dow
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Ripley - John A. Dow , 84, died peacefully at home Tuesday, February 11, 2020. He was born October 16, 1935, the son of Harold M. Dow and Annie (Connors) Dow, in Allagash, Maine. He was married to his wife and best friend, Betty E. (Marquis) Dow, for forty-four years.
A life-long Mainer, John was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed trapping, fishing, canoeing, and hunting in the Allagash and North Maine woods. He was a self-taught cedar-strip canoe builder and paddle maker, many of which he used on his yearly camping adventures with his family. He came from a long line of outdoorsmen and adventurers. As a teenager, he was a fire watcher on the fire tower post on Priestly Mountain. Later, he scaled lumber in the woods and eventually owned his own small firewood operation in Southern Maine. John took every opportunity to help others.
He was an accomplished gardener, bird watcher, Jack of all trades and later in life became a beekeeper. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is pre-deceased by his parents; brothers Harold R. Dow and David A. Dow; sister Henrietta Mason; and great-grand daughter Sophia Mae Frost.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Cheryl G. LaFave; Holly D. Frost and late husband Kenneth, II; Christina L. LaBrosse and wife Becky; John H. Dow and friend Missy; Mark E. Dow and partner Tammi; Desiree D. DuBois and husband Michael.
He is also survived by siblings, Jean Gibson (his twin sister) of Dexter; Joan Randall of Ripley; Rowena Walton of Dexter, and James Dow of Turner; grandchildren, John Walton III; Carol Frost; Kenneth Frost III; Michael Almstrom; Skyla Rose Aubut; Drew Soucie-Porter; John Drew; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Walton; Kathryn Frost; Sarah Frost; Kenneth Frost IV; Stacy Thunder Horse; two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held in late spring with a private burial to follow. John was a proud member of his church; in lieu of flowers, John wished for donations to be made to the Ripley United Methodist Church, 35 Pine Street, Dexter, Maine, 04930. Condolences and memories may be shared at
Published on February 12, 2020


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L. Elaine Greaves
Feb 16, 2020
John was a great friend to all who knew him and a wonderful addition to the membership rolls at the Ripley UMC. He and his beautiful smile and spirit will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace John, I know you are at the right hand of our Father.
Leta Cross
Feb 14, 2020
My sympathies to Johnny and his family.
Ryan Pelletier
Feb 13, 2020
My sympathies to my Dow family cousins.

Ryan (grandson of Belle Connors Pelletier)
Bob Mercer
Feb 13, 2020
Betty, sorry to hear about John and for your loss. Stop anytime you are around. We all had good times together and I will miss him.
Michele pittz
Feb 13, 2020
So sorry for the loss of a great man. Uncle john will be missed...his memory will linger in my heart forever.
Teresa Adamovich
Feb 13, 2020
Forever loved forever mourned.
Warren Winders
Feb 12, 2020
John was one of my heroes. A good, smart and talented man. My heart goes out to Betty and the family. The world seems less than it was, and not as bright without John's sense of adventure, curiosity and wry humor. It was a privilege to spend time on his beloved Allagash with him. Bean hole beans forever. Thanks for your kindness and the memories Johnny Dow.
Carol Pelletier
Feb 12, 2020
All my deepest sympathy to Betty and all of John's family, he will be missed by everyone that knew him. Always enjoyed his visits, and especially the Family Reunion and the Biscuit Baking Contest, and all the fishing trip stories.. RIP Dear Cousin.. What a reunion it must of been in Heaven.
Norma a pond
Feb 12, 2020
So very sorry for your loss.
Alice Keiser
Feb 12, 2020
So sorry to hear of John's passing . Jim my thoughts and prayers are with you now.
Karen Rackliff
Feb 12, 2020
Thinking of your family, John was always such a busy guy. So many memories of the corner yard sales, John helping Michael make woodworking projects and so much more! Sending our love and prayers, TJ and Karen