Alvin L. Lothridge

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AUGUSTA - After a short illness, Alvin L. Lothridge, 83, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, surrounded by his family at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta.

Al was born in Westbrook on Sept. 4, 1930, the youngest of five boys, to James and Helen York Lothridge.

Following graduation from Richmond High School, Al attended Ricker College and Portland Junior College.

After finishing his education, Al married Kathryn Varney on May 10, 1951. Together they bought and operated a little store on Brunswick Avenue in Gardiner. In 1952, Al enlisted in the Army, where he served in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1954.

Al purchased his first 10-wheeler in 1955, and continued working in construction and in the woods. He eventually became a certified logging professional who owned several International and Mack trucks, making his living as a self-employed woodsman. He was a true people person, cultivating many friendships throughout his lifetime, and was also known to always drive blue pickup trucks.

An extremely hard worker all his life, Al not only made his living working in the woods, but was an avid hunter and fisherman as well. Recently, he took a course and became a member of the U.S. Power Squandrons to be able to operate his boat on coastal waters. When he wasn't spending time with his family or his special companion, Barbara, he enjoyed spending time with the many friends he made down at the Westurlund's Boat Landing in South Gardiner and working on his boat, The Loose Nut.

Al was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn, of 51 years, in 2002; his four brothers, Robert, Aubrey, Clifford and Claude; and his longtime business partner and right-hand man, Tom DiBenedetti.

He is survived by his companion over the last few years, Barbara Jordan, of South Gardiner; his three children, Brian Lothridge, and his wife, Jessica, of Center Barnstead, N.H., and Patricia Lothridge and Brenda Ho, both of Augusta; his four grandchildren, Angela Frye and her husband, Paul, of Augusta, Alicia Rice, of Winthrop, Christopher Lothridge and girlfriend Rachael Pepin, of Monmouth, and Megan Ho, of San Jose, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Justin Pare, Lydia, Ella, Lucas Rice, along with their father, Luke Rice, of Winthrop, David and Kennedy Frye; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1 Church St., Augusta. A celebration of Al's life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by reception, with the location to be announced. Burial will be later in the spring, where he will be buried in Richmond Cemetery with full military honors.

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Published in Central Maine on Apr. 8, 2014