Walter Elwell passed away Jan. 10, 2018, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Walter was born at Waldo County Hospital in Belfast Jan. 31, 1950, to Kathleen (Pease) and Howard Charles Elwell.

Walter graduated from Belfast High School and later attended University of Maine at Orono. He was drafted after high school and served in the Army until he was honorably discharged July 1, 1975. He lived in San Diego for eight years, where he perfected auto restoration. When he returned to Maine, he opened a custom auto body restoration shop. He was known for his perfection and level of detail. No one could drive a Corvette like he could, or restore one.

He was a member of the Masons. His other hobbies were camping, fishing and dancing. He also enjoyed concerts. He will be missed as a father, husband, uncle, cousin and too many great friends to mention.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Calvin. He leaves behind his son, Brandon Howard Elwell; wife Christine Baird; and sister Faye Harvey. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. A graveside service will be held at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta, in the spring, date and time to be announced. Memories and condolences may be shared at