Raymond D. Porter

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Patten - Raymond D. Porter, 98, died peacefully at home in Patten on May 19, 2019. He was born March 27, 1921 in Grindstone, the son of Wesley Porter, Sr. and Eva (Giles) Porter Estabrook. He married Madelyn (Putnam) Porter in 1942 and settled in the Patten area where they built their first home and raised three children.
Raymond attended Patten schools and was a veteran of WW II serving in the 3438th Medium Maintenance Unit in the China Burma India Theater and achieving the rank of Technical Sargent 4th grade before discharge in January 1946. Raymond later earned his pilot's license and eventually opened Porter's Flying Service at Shin Pond working with his wife, Madelyn, his brother, Clinton and several other pilots flying tourists, hunters and fishermen both locally and as far as Labrador. He also flew for the Maine Forestry Service helping to conduct various wildlife surveys over the years. Ray and Madelyn sold the flying service in 1974 and started Porter's Woodworking in Patten where, with the help of his son, John, his wife, Madelyn and several employees, the company produced and shipped handmade canoe paddles, seats and parts to several retailers across New England and New York including LL Bean and Old Town Canoe.
In addition to gardening and picking blueberries and fiddleheads every year, Ray was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper. But, in recent years he spent many days in his shop making brown ash pack baskets and sharing his knowledge of wood and skills in basket making with a few lucky family members and friends. During his 'retirement' years, Ray and Madelyn enjoyed pleasurable hours playing cards with Family and Friends.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 76 years, Madelyn (Putnam) Porter and three children including Linda Porter and her partner, Jan Jacome of Derry, NH, John Porter and his wife Deborah of Patten and Judy Porter of Dover Foxcroft. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Heidi Rojas, Shawn Porter, Eric LaPensee, Emily Auert, Matthew Dale and Jeffrey Dale and seven great grandchildren including Brennan Hubbard, Ella Hubbard, Gillian Porter, Brianna Keely, Evan Dale, Eli Auert and Felix Dale. He is survived by one sister, Maxine Lawler of Meridan, CT and sister-in-law, Reona Porter of Patten. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews and by longtime friends, Dave, Deb and Matthew Cunha. Raymond was predeceased by siblings, Clinton Porter, Wesley Porter, Jr., Arnold Porter, Robert Porter, Betty Alward, Irma DeTour and by infant son, Raymond Wesley Porter.
Funeral services will held at 2PM, Sat., May 25 at Bowers Funeral Home in Island Falls. Interment will be held at the Patten Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patten Lumbermen's Museum, 61 Shin Pond Rd, Patten, ME 04765. To share memories and leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com
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Published on May 22, 2019
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