John R. Fales, 61, of Cushing died unexpectedly from health complications at Maine Medical Center on June 15, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was born in Rockland on July 6, 1949, to Richard and Elaine Fales.

He was the sixth-generation owner/operator of A. S. Fales & Son general store in Cushing. He was a member of the Cushing Rescue Squad and the Cushing Fire Department. In his spare time he loved to go fishing and tell his stories over coffee at the store.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Fales of Cushing; his parents, Richard and Elaine Fales of Cushing; three daughters, Jo Fales of Warren, Heather and her husband, DJ Blais, of San Diego, Calif., and Kelly J. Fales and her husband, Robert Burns, of Cushing; a sister, Marie and her husband, Arthur Pease, of Thomaston; a brother, James Fales and his wife, Caroline, of Thomaston; four grandchildren, Brittany Lee Fales, Hillary Jo Fales-Haynes, Devin Jacob Fales Blais and Lizzie Claire Blais; and one great-grandchild, Mikayla Harmony Boyinton.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Friends of the Cushing Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 20, Cushing, ME 04563; the Cushing Fire Department, 38 Cross Road, Cushing, ME 04563; or the Knox County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

A celebration of his life was held June 20 outside of the Fales Store in Cushing.