NORTH FRYEBURG -- Leslie Howard "Les" Farrin, 81, of North Fryeburg, passed away on Dec. 8, 2012, with family by his side.

Les was born in Athens, Maine, on Dec. 15, 1930. He had an adventurous spirit and at the young age of 13 he slipped a note under his seventh-grade teacher's door announcing that he was quitting school. He supported himself through his teen years doing various jobs and often reminisced about working for his father and living at the Fernald's farm in Stow. One of the things he was proud of as a young man was operating a bulldozer and helping contain the 1947 Brownfield fire. He continued this work ethic and interest in his community throughout his life.

Les served in the Air Force, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., from 1952 to 1954. He made numerous parachute jumps, and one of his prize possessions was a picture of the 82nd parachuting during a training exercise.

He lived in the North Fryeburg area for more than 40 years and was the owner/operator of several general contracting companies and last, Farrin Trucking. Then it was just himself, his truck, his dog, Smokey, and the open road until he finally retired in 2004.

Les had a zest for life and had many passions. He raced mini-modified cars and snowmobiles and loved to fish, organize family reunions, and drive his dune buggy. He was also very passionate about local and national politics.

He was a member of the Masons and always wore his ring proudly. He enjoyed attending and participating in the Fryeburg Fair and was a life member.

Les is survived by his three children, Joanne Farrin, and her husband, Steve, Dawn Canales and her husband, Steve, and Clayton Farrin and his wife, Terry; his three grandchildren, Master Gunnery Sgt. Jensen Reese and wife, Kim, Clayton Farrin Jr. and wife, Leslie, and Nicolas Farrin and wife, Meghan; four great-grandchildren, Lance Cpl. Kyle Reese, Rachel Reese, Connor Jack Reese and Braden Farrin; along with many nieces and nephews.

Les Farrin is preceded in death by his parents, Harry Farrin and Isabel York Farrin, as well as 11 siblings.

The family of Leslie Farrin wishes to thank the Fryeburg Health Care Center and the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their compassion and excellent care during his illness.

Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren St., Fryeburg. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Fryeburg Church of the New Jerusalem with the Rev. Sage Currie officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Fryeburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the ; www.alz.org.; online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneral.org.

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 11, 2012