Obituary for George Farris
George T. Farris, 76 of Nobleboro, passed away on the afternoon of September 24th, in the very room in which he was born, after a brave but quiet battle with cancer. Born on January 21, 1941, he was the son of Charles and Caroline (Hagar) Farris.
George grew up in the family home in Nobleboro, where he was raised by his mother after his father passed away when George was just 10. He attended local schools, as well as Lincoln Academy. After high school, George went right to work and was very proud to be a part of constructing the Route 1 bypass in Newcastle.
In 1963 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served aboard the USS Northampton, which was a task force command ship. He was very proud of his service, and remembers fondly one day when John F. Kennedy came aboard as President. He was honorably discharged in 1965, but remained in the reserves for several years after that.
Upon leaving the Navy, he went to work at Yellowfront Grocery as a meat cutter for several years, before going to work in construction. He went to work for CMP on the Maine Yankee project, where he was a part of running powerlines from Canada to New Hampshire. Upon the completion of that project, he became a deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Bill Carter, for about ten years. That was a job he loved, and until his passing, he enjoyed talking to both former and current deputies when he saw them on the street. He worked at the Strong Funeral Home for many years before going to work at Lie Nielsen Toolworks where he mostly worked grinding and polishing chisels. Most recently, he could be found back at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, where his dedication and personality were loved by all.
George was a member of the American Legion, and was on the board of the Maine Classic Country Music Hall of Fame in Mechanic Falls. He was active in the Damariscotta Mills fish ladder restoration, and was proud to take part in their annual festival where he could usually be found behind the grill cooking chicken. He loved going to country music concerts throughout the state, and listening to country western music on the radio. Two of his country music friends, Ken and Jane Brooks, came to his home to play him one last concert the day before he passed. He enjoyed fishing, trips to Rockwood, mowing lawns, and his morning coffee at Waltz Soda Fountain; but more than anything he loved being outdoors, cutting trees and splitting wood.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Gloria Peters; and a brother, Richard Rollins.
He is survived by his life partner, Roberta “Bert” Ames; his God-daughters and their families, Paula Kinne, Julie Cunningham, Janet Yost, and Susan Gay; their mother, Virginia “Ginny” Cunningham; several nieces and nephews; as well as many good friends throughout the state who will miss him dearly.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm, on Sunday, October 15th at the Newcastle-Alna Baptist Church, 254 Head Tide Road in Alna, with the Rev. Richard Newell officiating. He will be laid to rest privately in the Highland Cemetery in Nobleboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, c/o Roberta Ames, 80 Borland Hill Road, Nobleboro, ME 04555.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.