Warren — David Kenniston, 74, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept.r 24, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Waldoboro on Oct. 20, 1937, the son of the late Donald Kenniston and Evelyn Erickson Kenniston. He grew up and attended local schools in Warren. After his schooling, he worked for his uncle for a little while before joining the United States Air Force where he served for four years. After returning from his military service he went to Florida and worked at Knollwood Groves.
Upon returning to Maine from the orange groves, he married his wife Joanne Cousens on July 1, 1959. The two settled in Warren to live and raise their family. He worked for his uncle at Warren Motors where he did auto body work. After leaving his job at Warren Motors, he operated a back hoe for his father for a few years traveling all over the state. In 1958, he began working for his father at Seaboard Manufacturing. He took over the business in the late '60s and ran it for 20 years, manufacturing wooden traps, trap stock, pallets, and wire traps, as well as selling wire trap supplies. In 1989, he and his wife Joanne started Kenniston’s Good Ol’ Things. They ran the shop together for 17 years. His last business venture was Warren Self Storage. A business still owned and operated by family.
He was a jack of all trades and an entrepreneur always working on his next project. He was extremely organized often having lists for his lists. He enjoyed spending time traveling with Joanne to flea markets and antiquing. He enjoyed finding “projects” to do on his tractor to the extent that his wife would threaten to take away the keys.
He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The family spent many summers at their cottage on Sennebec Lake. He and his wife spent many winters in Florida. He would always volunteer his home to be the location for any type of family gathering. He loved the Fourth of July and always had a huge family picnic. He was a role model to all that knew him and was respected by everyone. He could always be counted on to lend a hand or to give advice.
David Kenniston is survived by his wife Joanne Kenniston of Warren; his daughter April Phifer and her husband Danny Phifer of Waldoboro; his son Jeff Kenniston and his wife Sally Kenniston of Warren; his daughter Andi Spaulding and her husband Scott Spaulding of Waldoboro; his son Darren Kenniston and his wife Teri Kenniston of Warren; his grandchildren, Mary Beth, Heidi, James, Becky, Jason and his wife Katy, Christopher, Melody, Ginger, Scotty, Tommy, Alex and Ashley; and his great-grandchildren Adrianna, Andrew, Hendrix, Cullen and Kaylee; his sisters June Kenniston; Gloria Bagley and her husband Charlie Bagley; Kathy Sharp and her husband Joel Sharp; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Fred Kenniston and his great-grandchild Brady.
A time of visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home in Waldoboro with Pastor Wally Simmons officiating. Burial will take place at Blake Cemetery in Warren.
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