Maynard L. Knight

Oct 19, 2013

Camden — Maynard L. Knight, 92, lifelong Camden resident, died peacefully, Wednesday Oct.16, 2013, at the home of his son with whom he had been residing.

Born in Lincolnville, June 19, 1921, he was the son of Lindley and Ruth Hopkins Knight. Educated in Camden, he was a 1938 graduate of Camden High School.

On Sept. 8, 1946, Maynard married his best friend and soulmate Shirley Staples in Camden. Together they made Camden their home until Mrs. Knight passed away last year.

Maynard began his working career with Packard’s Lumber in Rockland where he worked for 15 years. Later he became a fixture at E.L. Spear in Rockland where he worked for another 50 years. Even after retiring, Maynard could not stay away from the lumber industry. He spent many hours working part-time as a glazer for Rankin’s and Spear’s.

Maynard was proud to be a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He served during World War II, stationed in Florida and New Mexico as a flight instructor. He was a member of the Camden American Legion, War Memorial Post No. 30.

Along with his wife, Maynard was an active member of the John Street Methodist Church in Camden. He served on the building committee and volunteered many hours in construction of the church.

A published poet, Maynard earned several awards and was recognized by Bob Hope and Milton Berle for his work.

He is remembered by his son as a loving family man and hard worker. He will be deeply missed.

Predeceased by his wife, Mr. Knight is survived by his son Lindley Knight and his wife Terry of Warren; his sister Evelyn Crocker of Camden; his grandchildren, Heather Knight of Skowhegan, Dallas Fields and his wife Bethany of Hope, Darren Fields and his wife Andrea of Broadalbin, N.Y., Lucas Fields and his wife Danielle of Rockland, Brittany Fields and her companion Toby Moody of Hope; and 10 great-grandchildren, Sydney, Hunter, Maddie, Nolan, Rozlyn, Hannah, Parker, Paige, Braydon and Aiden.

A graveside celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at Upper Cemetery, Heal Road, Lincolnville. Pastor Ray Thombs will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Life Ministry, 22 Lindsey St., Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Mr. Knight’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at

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