Cecil A. Polky, 85, a local contractor, electrician, plumber and longtime resident of Thomaston, died peacefully Jan. 26, 2010, at Windward Gardens in Camden.

Cecil was born in Tenants Harbor, the son of John and Wilhemina Polky, and was a graduate of St. George High School. In 1943 he served in the U.S. Army as a gunnery sergeant with the 515th F.A. Battalion in France and Germany until the end of World War II.

In 1953 he graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston, Mass., in the architectural engineering and technology course. He operated C. A. Polky Construction for the next nine years. He held master’s licenses as an electrician and plumber, and was a licensed steam boiler engineer. In 1962 he was employed by James H. Ritchie, Architects of Boston, Mass., as architects representative and resident engineer on the two-year addition to the Thayer Hospital in Waterville, and remained there as a director of maintenance and engineering for 10 years. During the 1970s he was employed by Knox Hospital in Rockland as director of plant operations and maintenance. During the construction of Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, he served on the building committee for the project. He was resident engineer of the construction of the original Pen Bay complex, and remained as director of plant operations and maintenance until 1980. He then became special projects electrician for the Crowe Rope Factories in the Midcoast. Several years later he accepted the position for clerk of works on the renovation and addition to the Sagadahoc County Court House in Bath. In 1988 he became clerk of works on the addition to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. He remained active as a self-employed contractor, electrician and plumber until 2007.

He was a former selectman of Thomaston, and a member of American Legion 37, BPOE Rockland, Maine, Masons of Thomaston, Maine, Kora Temple Shrine and the Mid-Coast Shrine Club. He was active in the U.S. Army Reserves for over 20 years.

Cecil enjoyed scuba diving, hunting, boating and fishing for many years. He was an avid gardener and spent many hours tending his gardens and fruit trees, always accompanied by one of his beloved Springer Spaniels.

Cecil was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family, friends and everyone who knew him.

He was predeceased in 2007 by both his wife of 57 years, Glenice (Lermond) Polky, and his son, Lance A. Polky.

He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Malone of Oswego, N.Y.; his son, Mark Polky and his wife, Maureen, of Oswego, N.Y.; his daughter-in-law, Julie Polky of Thomaston; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

There will be no visiting hours. A graveside service, with military honors, will be held Friday, April 30 at 1 p.m. at the Village Cemetery on Erin Street in Thomaston. A gathering will follow at the American Legion in Thomaston.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made in Cecil’s memory to the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841; or the charity of one’s choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through hallbibber@myfairpoint.net. Arrangements are with the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home in Thomaston.