Lawrence C. Oakes Sr.

Jul 31, 2018
Lawrence Oakes Sr.

Spruce Head — On July 15, 2018, heaven gained another angel. Lawrence C. Oakes Sr. joined his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Oakes, who predeceased him 19 days earlier on June 27, 2018.

Lawrence Chaney Oakes Sr. was born Jan. 4, 1927, to Lamonte C. and Frances Gray Oakes on the island of Vinalhaven. Lawrence was the older brother of Victor Oakes and Muriel Conway. Lawrence attended the island school and left at age 17 to join the Navy during World War II. Enlisting Nov. 1, 1944, he served aboard the USS Boxer CV21 in the South Pacific as a gunner's mate. He received an honorable discharge Nov. 6, 1947.

Upon returning home to Vinalhaven from serving his country, Lawrence met Dorothy “Dolly” Card Morton, who would become the love of his life. Lawrence and Dolly were married Jan. 4, 1948, raised a family and loved one another for 65 years.

Lawrence and Dolly resided on Vinalhaven for a short time before moving to Oxford, where he worked in the textile mills. Soon after, they moved to Spruce Head. Lawrence worked in the Clark Island Quarry, for B&R Trucking Co. in Rockland, owned by Irma Upham, at the Camden Tannery, and later, alongside his wife, as a fish cutter at F.J. O’Hara’s until their closure. From there, Lawrence worked at the Great Eastern Mussel Farm in St George until he retired.

Lawrence was a member of the American Legion for 19 years and a member of VFW Post 3108 in Belfast.

Lawrence enjoyed gardening, mowing the lawn, clamming, smelting at the "crick" in Thomaston in the spring, sharing his catch with family and neighbors, daily walks along Route 73 in Spruce Head waving to every car that passed him, and camping at Beaver Lodge. Lawrence loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lawrence is survived by five children, Lonnie W. Morton and his wife, Kathy, of Vinalhaven, Patricia A. Rackliff and her husband, Dennis A., of Spruce Head, Lawrence C. Oakes Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Spruce Head, Larry L. Oakes and his wife, Linda, of South Thomaston and Sharon Tolman and her husband, Scott, of Vinalhaven; 13 grandchildren, Amanda, Jana, Landon, Candice, Rebecca, Jennifer, Lindsey, Lawrence III, Tracy, Lori, Octavia, Tex and Michelle, as well as 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Muriel Conway, and her husband, Clarence.

A combined graveside service for Lawrence and Dolly will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Sea View Cemetery in Spruce Head. A celebration of life and social gathering will immediately follow behind Automaster in Spruce Head. The family wishes to thank the staff of Knox Center for Long Term Care for the care they provided to Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

To share a memory or story with Lawrence’s family, visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com. Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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