MILES P. FRYE

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LANCASTER, Pa. -- Miles P. Frye died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Lancaster, with his wife and children near.

He was born in Calais, Maine, on Sept. 5, 1923, the son of Miles and Josephine Frye. He graduated from the University of Maine and Boston University with a law degree in 1951, after a tour in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant.

Mr. Frye then went to work for what is today Maine Revenue Services, where he was an assistant attorney general from 1951 to 1954. During his time there, he wrote portions of the Maine sales tax law, which is still in existence today. In 1954, he joined what became the Weeks, Hutchins, Frye, Welch and O'Donnell law firm, where he became a partner in 1958 and was still working part time, taking care of his clients until the age of 72, when he retired. His specialty was wills and deeds, and he was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, as well as the Waterville, Kennebec, Maine and American Bar associations. The Maine Bar Association recognized his 50 years of service with an award at the Samoset Resort. His accomplishments included being a director of The Federal Trust (later Merrill Bank, then Fleet Bank). Mr. Frye was also a member of the Waterville Rotary Club. In his profession, he represented the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District and was instrumental in helping with the development of the industrial park where the Elks Club and United Parcel Service have been established.

Mr. Frye is survived by his wife, Muriel P. Frye, whom he loved dearly. He was also father to daughter Rebecca Marin and spouse Harold Marin, and son Andrew Frye, and spouse Dr. Gladys Frye. He had three grandchildren, Stephanie Purnell and spouse Kevin Purnell, Andrea Frye and Reed Frye; and an anticipated great-grandchild, Brynn Purnell.

Mr. Frye had a passion for taking photographs of his family, as his greatest love was being around them. He became committee chairman of Boy Scouts Troop 436 when his son was a member, and followed his daughter from horse show to horse show when she was young.

He also enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Boston Bruins and rooting for his teams. In later years he and wife, Muriel, did some traveling and enjoyed their life together. He will be greatly missed by his family, as he was always there to lend a hand or give his support to all they did.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 60 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, Maine. Following the service, Mr. Frye will be interred at 2 p.m. at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine. All are invited to attend. Afterward, everyone is invited to a celebration-of-life gathering at the Augusta Elks Lodge 964, 397 Civic Center Drive, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the , New England Region, 6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260, Concord, NH 03301. Should you wish to phone in your donation with a credit card, you may call 800-639-2113.

To send an online condolence, please visit our website at KaSnyderFuneralHome.com. Arrangements by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., Lancaster.

Published in Central Maine on Oct. 29, 2012
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