Rockland — Richard I.Fales, 87, of Cushing passed away peacefully at Knox Center for Long Term Care on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and many caregivers. One of his special caregivers was his granddaughter Jo Ann.
Richard was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Thomaston, the son of the late Irving Fales and Lizzie Flint Fales.
Richard was one of three men granted a special early diploma from Thomaston High School so he could enter the United States Navy. He served as a Seaman first class during the years of 1944 to 1946. Upon discharge from the US Navy he joined the family run business – A.S. Fales and Sons in Cushing where he worked for more than 60 years. He met and married Elaine Dodge on July 29, 1945, and they made their home in Cushing where they raised their three children. All of his family worked beside him at the store whenever needed. Upon retirement he proudly turned over the store to his son John.
He enjoyed the Boston Red Sox, mowing his lawn as well as operating the family store. Richard was one of the founding members of Cushing Fire Department as well as a longtime member of Friendship VFW and participated in Boy Scouts. Richards’s family said he was a very loving husband as well as a great father to his children. He loved animals and will always be remembered as a caring and compassionate man . He was always willing to open the store at any hour of the day to fuel up a town public works truck or a fire engine after a snowstorm or fire.
Richard was predeceased by his son John. Survived by his wife of 67 years Elaine D. Fales of Cushing; daughter Marie and Arthur Pease of Thomaston; son James and his wife Carolyn of Thomaston; grandchildren Alan Pease of Warren, Annette Pease of So. Portland, Adam Pease of Warren, Jo Ann Fales of Warren, Heather Blais of California, Kelley Fales‐Burns of Cushing, James Fales Jr. of Cushing, Derek Fales of Darwin, Australia, Amy Fales of China; two step-grandchildren Lynn Grant of Thomaston and Matthew Grant of Cushing; along with eight great-grandchildren; three great‐great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Phyllis Fales of Cushing, sister Barbara Lash of Friendship, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at Broad Cove Church in Cushing. At the request of the family, burial will be private.
Donations in Richard's memory may be made to any of the following.
Cushing Fire Dept. or Cushing Ambulance service, 39 Cross Road, Cushing, ME 04563; Knox County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841; or Broad Cove Church c/o Ernie Harrington, 49 Killeran Lane, Cushing, ME 04563. Should friends desire condolences may be sent to the family by visiting their Book of Memories page at hallfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home, 78 Main St., Thomaston, ME 04861.