Lawrence Charles Moffett


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Jonesport - Lawrence Charles Moffett, 76, left his earthly body with his family by his side on Saturday, July 28, 2018. He was born in Jonesport on April 21, 1942, and was the son of Charles Lawrence and Hilda Donovan Moffett. He graduated from Jonesport High School and attended Maine Maritime Academy.
He received his Merchant Marine's license in 1963 and was on the SS Point Barrow. He returned home to start work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft of Hartford, Connecticut, as maintenance supervisor. Then he was employed by C.N. Flagg as project manager and built many power plants in Maine, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Locations such as the Wright Patterson Air Force base in Cleveland, Ohio, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. While he was working on the Scott Paper Mill in Skowhegan, he saw the job opening for Manager of Construction and Maintenance for St. Regis Paper Company of the Northern Timberlands. He was overjoyed with the opportunity to return to Maine. It was here, he develop the back-hoe road building technique. This technique was so cost effective St. Regis sent him to many states to train and many thousands of miles of roads were built with this design. Word spread fast and Gov. Joseph Brennan and Attorney General James Tierney came to see. They awarded St. Regis the Commissioner's Award for Leadership in Innovative Road Building. The American Pulpwood Association asked Larry to present his technique. They later thanked him for drawing the largest attendance they had ever had. The association also commended him on his outstanding safety record.
Safety was very important to Larry and during his direction his crew achieved over 1 million hours without work time lost due to injury. He received the Joshua Chamberlain Award from the Air National Guard for 19 years of support and assistance. He was also commended by the Maine Forestry Service for his exceptional efforts on limiting the acreage of forest fires. Honoring his time and dedication to the Maine Forestry, he was humbled to receive the Silver Axe that is seldom awarded to a civilian. Because of his cost saving design, the damn at Bog Brook Flowage was named in his honor, of which he was very proud. Somewhere along the way he earned the nickname "The Chief" which he was affectionately referred to often. Larry was a cooperator of Machias Savings Bank, a member of the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church, an avid hunter, gardener, chef and woodworker. During his retirement he created many special gifts for so many that meant so much to him.
While Larry had a very strong work ethic, the accomplishments of his family were his greatest source of pride. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 55 years, Sandra; his son, Daniel and his wife, Melissa, a daughter, Katherine and her husband, James Johnston, and a daughter Melissa and Jeffrey Denbow; his grandchildren, Daniel and Mariah Moffett, Kyle and Chelsea Moffett, Neil Johnston, Malisa Johnston, Grace and Megan Preston; his nieces, Roxanne and Jimmy Dooda and their family, Priscilla and Joey Pasquerella, Pamela and Arnie Camirie and their family, Perry and Sally Smart and their family, Harvey and Jean Dunning and their family; and his Aunt Clara Donovan. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Harriet Moffett LaPorte, his sister, Loretta Thomas, and his brother, Arthur Palmer.
Larry had special relationships with his cousins, Stuart "Mace" Donovan, Dwight Smith, and Linwood Davis, and his special friends, Billy "The Stallion" Getchell, Billy "Cedar" Mallar, Billy Coffin, and Frankie Gatcomb and many others too numerous to list. The family would also like to thank everyone that helped at a moment's notice during his brief illness.
Visiting hours will be on held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, from 5 - 7 p.m. at his home at 610 Mason Bay Road, Jonesport. Celebration of his amazing life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, at the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church in Jonesport.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lawrence Moffett Forestry and Engineering Scholarship at Machias Savings Bank attn.: Melissa Moffett, PO Box 318, Machias, Maine 04654.
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Published on July 31, 2018
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