Perley “Jake” Creamer died Dec. 24, 2009, with his children by his side. He went to be with the lord and his loving wife, Joan.

Jake was born March 1, 1930, in Jefferson, the son of the late Perley O. Creamer Sr. and Estella L. Havener.

Jake attended local schools in Edgecomb (along with Joan; it was where they met) during his younger years. He went to high school at Lincoln Academy where he and Joan became high school sweethearts. After their school years, Jake and Joan married and worked in the area for the rest of their lives. They raised three kids.

Jake began working at Clark’s Beverage for the late Chester Clark in his early years and later moved on to work at Yellowfront Grocery where he was a well-known figure for many years. As time went on, Jake and his wife decided to start their own cleaning business and performed janitorial services for many of the local businesses. Jake was a very well-liked man. He always enjoyed his family and friends to the fullest. He enjoyed his family more than anything, spending time with them and doing the husband, father and grandfather duties like no other man could have been asked to do. He loved laughter, and had been known to pull off a prank or two back in the days, especially around Halloween. He was a kind and thoughtful man, always making sure to tip the girls when buying his lottery tickets at various stores. One could always find him wandering around town most every day, picking up items here or there, or just out to pay a visit.

Jake was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan (Pinkham) Creamer; a brother, Douglas Creamer; a sister, Ruth Martin; his half-brothers, Hildreth Creamer, Byron Creamer, Michael Creamer and Ira Sprague; and his half-sisters, Florice Creamer, Libby Creamer and Joany Sprague.

Jake is survived by his three children, Kathleen Creamer of Damariscotta, Terri Geroux and her husband, Herb, of Newcastle and Mark Creamer and his wife, Kim, of Damariscotta; a special grandson, Cameron Creamer, whom he spent so much time doing all the things he loved to do with him; a step-grandson, Jacob Snyder, two step-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Merissa Look; his mother in-law of Newcastle, Pearl Pinkham; a step-mother, Ruth Creamer of Bath; his half-brothers, Robert Creamer, Roland Creamer, Gary Creamer and Oren “Bubba” Creamer; and his half-sisters, Letha Creamer and Elaine Creamer.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Damariscotta. Services are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed at stronghancock.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Damariscotta in memory of Jake Creamer.