Roderick K. Potter
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1933 - 2017
AUGUSTA - Roderick K. Potter, of Augusta, died Feb. 7, 2017, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born March 18, 1933, in Gardiner, the son of Clyde J. and Zilpha (Butterfield) Potter.
He graduated from Gardiner High School in 1950, and attended Springfield College before serving in the U.S. Air Force. He then obtained his B.A from Bates College and M.Div. from General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1963, he served as the vicar of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Farmington from 1963 to 1980. He received training as a pastoral care counsellor at the Hazelden Institute in Center City, Minn. in 1980-1981 and moved to a new calling as a chemical dependency counsellor.
A serious illness left him legally blind in 1982, but he recovered to continue a career in counseling and a final career running the snack bar at the Human Services building in Augusta. He continued his religious calling assisting at Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hallowell.
In retirement he enjoyed genealogy, sharpening his computer skills, and especially travelling with his family. His trips ranged from Alaska to the Baltics to the Caribbean, and included Germany, Austria, and Britain. He also went to the Grand Canyon and took numerous trips to Florida and Southern California.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara (Jones) Potter; his daughter Susan Potter of West Gardiner, son Thomas Potter and his wife Sharon Duncan of Belmont, Mass.; twin brother Frederick Potter of San Antonio, Texas, sisters Priscilla Hirschenhofer of Hancock, and Florence Wallace of Augusta; five grandchildren, Christina Chiaravalloti, Joseph Chiaravalloti, Jacob Potter, Katharine Potter, Maya Hughes; two great-grandchildren, Grace Visconti and Johnnie Coculo; many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are Saturday Feb. 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner. The funeral service will be at Christ Church Episcopal in Gardiner at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday Feb 12.
Donations in lieu of flowers
may be made to:
Christ Church Gardiner or:
the Sharing Foundation
(http://www.sharingfoundation.org/) which enabled the adoption of his granddaughter Maya
Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME 04345
Published in Central Maine on Feb. 10, 2017