The Rev. Fred C. Tolman Jr., 85, died April 12, 2010, at Togus VA Medical Center.

Born Jan. 9, 1925, in Rockland, he was a son of Fred Sr. and Maude (Webber) Tolman. Mr. Tolman attended local schools.

Enlisting in the Army, he served during World War II.

On Nov. 4, 1944, Fred married Millicent L. Fowlie at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Rockland. Together they made their home in Rockland their entire married lives.

For many years Mr. Tolman was involved in the fishing industry. He participated in everything from running alewives in Damariscotta to working at the Green Island Fish Plant, and owning his own lobster boat.

Ordained as a minister, Mr. Tolman felt most comfortable assisting the needs of many area churches. He filled pulpits in churches from Stonington to the Finnish Church in South Thomaston. Fred was very active in Living Waters Church, where he sang every Sunday on the radio program for many years.

Fred was well known in his community for his musical talents. Self-taught on a variety of instruments, sharing his gift was a passion.

Fred was predeceased by two sisters, Vonie Drake and Hazel Knight; a brother, Carl Tolman; and two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Millicent; two daughters, Judy Malburg and her husband, Daniel, of Cushing and Patricia Tolman of Warren; three sons, Steven Tolman and his wife, Carol, of Camden, David Tolman and his wife, Cindy, of Rockland and Fred Tolman III of Rockland; 16 grandchildren, Danny, Joey, Amy, Isaac, Tricia, Joshua, Terry, Debbie, Judy, Eddie, Jacob, Missy, Jennifer, Steven, Michael and Jessica; 35 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Daurice Wadsworth, of Rockland; a brother, Donnie Drake Sr., and his wife, Barbara, of Lincolnville; and a special niece, Pam Chessman, of Chelsea.

Calling hours were April 15 at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland, where a celebration of his life was held April 16, with the Rev. David Ronco officiating.

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