Maitland R. Prior, 76, died peacefully surrounded by his family while holding his wife’s hand July 18, 2014, at his home in Cushing. He served in the U.S. Army testing equipment in Alaska.

Maitland worked as a clam digger and primarily as a lobsterman for many years. He also worked as a carpenter and boat builder. He worked for Sam Olson on many projects over the years. He also worked for the Maine State Ferry Service and was a experienced seaman. Maitland lived in Cushing most of his life.

He was the best man and father he knew how to be. He was always present in the lives of his children. He was their rock.

He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth Prior; his parents, Roland and Helen Smith Prior and by two brothers, Cortland and Harland Prior.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois “Penny” Prior of Cushing; sons, Paul Prior and his wife Deborah of Waldoboro, Donald Prior and his wife Joyce of Cushing; daughter, Pamela Prior and her husband Leigh Barnard of Cushing; sister, Mildred Eaton of Cushing; grandchildren, Shane Prior and his companion Michelle Creamer of Cushing, Heath Prior of Cushing, Luke Poland and his wife Amanda of Cushing, Lisa Prior and her boyfriend Joe Carballo of Rockland, Drew Prior of Nebraska, Colby Black of Maine; great-grandchildren, the lights of his life, Alaina Prior of Cushing, Lauren Prior of Cushing, Blane Poland of Cushing, Dylan Poland of Cushing, Owen Carballo of Rockland, Myli Black of Waldoboro; several nieces,nephews, cousins and friends; former daughter-in-law, Judi Prior of Cushing.

A private family graveside will be held Thursday, July 24 at Fairview Cemetery in Warren. All are welcome to join the family for a reception at 2:30 p.m. on July 24 at Maitland’s daughter, Pamela’s home at 25 Prior Lane in Cushing. He was here, now he’s gone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maitland's memory to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

You are invited to share you condolences with the Prior family by visiting their Book of Memories at Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.