Elwyn A. Chadbourne
South Thomaston — Elwyn A. "Al" Chadbourne Sr., 86, husband of the late Mildred "Mickey" Frye Chadbourne, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Quarry Hill in Camden, following an extended illness.
Born in Farmingdale, Nov. 25, 1926, he was one of four children of E. Leroy and Ida Gowen Chadbourne. Growing up in the Gardiner area, he attended local schools. Al was a U.S. Army, World War II veteran.
While home on leave from the military, he met a pretty girl who was waitressing at a restaurant he frequented. That waitress was Mildred "Mickey" Frye, and after a brief courtship, the couple married in Rockport, Oct. 7, 1949.
Upon return from military duty, Al worked a brief time with his father-in-law as a builder. The Chadbourne’s made their first permanent home in Jonesport. They later moved to Rockland, where Al worked more than 25 years with the Elgin Corporation which later became Marine – Colloids FMC. In 1965, the family moved to the ’Keag in South Thomaston, where Al and Mickey resided until returning to Rockland in 2007. Since that time Al lived with his daughter in Rockport, until moving to Quarry Hill in Camden.
With his wife, Al enjoyed frequent rides up-town to do grocery shopping, and during the summer months, that trip always included a stop at Dorman’s Dairy Dream for Al’s favorite, chocolate ice cream. They also enjoyed trips to Florida, New York and Connecticut to visit family. Al particularly enjoyed watching TV.
Other than his parents and siblings Horace, Ernest and Eva, Al was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Mickey, Nov. 14, 2011. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra L. Pushaw and her husband Gerald of Rockport, Helen M. Collins of St. George; two sons, Tim A. Chadbourne of Warren, Elwyn A. "Butch" Chadbourne Jr. and his wife Alice of Rockland; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Village Cemetery, Dublin Road, South Thomaston.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or story with Al’s family please visit his online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.