Elwood K. Lovejoy Sr.

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GARDINER - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elwood K. Lovejoy, Sr. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at his home valiant battle with Parkinsons.Elwood was born on May 30, 1936 in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine to Floyd V. Lovejoy, Sr. and M. Charlene (Smith) Lovejoy.  Elwood spent his younger years in Bradford, Charleston and Pittsfield, graduating from Maine Central Institute in 1954 where he participated in the school band and orchestra and was a member of the National Honor Society. He grew up on his parents' poultry farm in Pittsfield, driving a truck for his father hauling 100 lb. bags of grain for the family farm and others and hauled live poultry from their farm and other farms to Belfast for processing.  Following graduation, Elwood joined the Maine Air National Guard where he proudly served for eight years.On June 22, 1957 he married Gloria Bridgham in Pittsfield and they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage while residing in Gardiner since 1966.  Gloria took phenomenal care of Elwood since his Parkinson's diagnosis at the age of 70.Elwood started a career in the newspaper industry at the Pittsfield Advertiser where he became a foreman and production manager. He and Gloria moved to Waldoboro, working for the Waldoboro Press then moved to Augusta and worked for Eagle Publishing in Gardiner, and the Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Newspapers, retiring after nearly 36 years in the composing room. Elwood served several years as President for Local #643 Typographical Union. After retirement, he worked for a brief time at Sam's Club.Elwood enjoyed many years at the family camp on Sebec Lake fishing and hunting and later enjoyed camping and traveling to campgrounds in Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor. He enjoyed family gatherings, cookouts, dinners and the annual Christmas Eve get togethers.  He loved to play cribbage. He loved his family and grandchildren immensely and loved being "Grampy". Every birth, award, graduation, birthday and wedding brought praise and joy.  His advice, sense of humor and gentleness will be greatly missed.Elwood is survived by his wife and best friend of 61 years, Gloria; his children and their spouses: Elwood, Jr. (Elaine) of Benton; Lisa (Rick) Cody of Litchfield; and Kris (Stephen) Barron of Gardiner; his grandchildren, Jessica (Scott) Doody of Randolph; Jennifer (Michael) Morris of Waterville; Nicholas (Kari) Lovejoy of Waterville: Joshua (Erika) Cody of Litchfield; Ashley (Joe) Croll of West Gardiner; Renee Barron and Allison Barron of Gardiner; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Floyd V. Lovejoy, Jr. and his wife, Juanita, of Augusta; and several nieces, nephews; cousins, friends and neighbors.Visiting hours will be held on Friday Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, where a memorial service will follow at 4 pm.Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: familyfirstfuneralhomes.com  Donations in Elwood's memory can be made to:Donation ProcessingP.O. Box 5014Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014or toFriends of Acadia43 Cottage StreetP.O. Box 45Bar Harbor, Maine  04609 

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Published in Central Maine on Dec. 3, 2018
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