Richard E. Lyford

August 31, 1928
- August 17, 2011

EAST MACHIAS AND MILBRIDGE - Richard E. Lyford, 82, passed away peacefully Aug. 17, 2011, in Milbridge, after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Orneville, son of Ervin and Avanelle (Hoxie) Lyford. At the age of 16 he began his training as a lineman for Maine Public Service Co., Presque Isle, where he remained until 1951. In 1952 he joined Bangor Hydro Electric Co., Bangor, and was transferred to Machias, where he continued as a lineman until ill health forced his retirement in 1987. He loved his line work and was a great teacher to those he worked with. He truly loved fishing and hunting every season. He especially enjoyed the canoe trips down the Allagash with the St. Croix Voyagers, as well as time spent at his hunting camp, the "hovel," with family and friends. He was lifetime member and past master of Warren Lodge No. 2, East Machias. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Esther (Cray) Lyford; his children, Alan and wife, Carlene (Morin) Lyford, Pamela and husband, John Mugnai, Ronald and wife, Althea (Hawkins) Lyford, Sandra and husband, Ron Spence, and Krista Nedzweckas. He also leaves 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Marsha Curtis and husband, Joe. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Leslie; an infant daughter, Sharon; and son, Randy. Special thanks to the caregivers at Narraguagus Bay Health Care, who all loved him. A celebration of his life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at First Baptist Church, Cherryfield, with Pastor Max Merrill officiating. A reception will be held immediately after. All are invited to attend a graveside service 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Jacksonville Cemetery, East Machias, to be conducted by Warren Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias and Lubec.

Published in Bangor Daily News on August 20, 2011

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