Leo A. Damren

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PITTSTON - Leo A. Damren, 82, of Pittston, passed away in the early hours of Nov. 24, 2018 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, with his family at his side. He had succumbed, in accordance with his wishes, to a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Leo was born in Augusta on July 11, 1936, the son of Guy L. and M. Louise (Wormwood) Damren. He attended Smith School in Augusta, of which he would often reminisce, and Cony High School. He spent his fifth-grade year attending school in Wells while his father worked at the naval base in Kittery during World War II.

Leo worked at Nash Printing in Augusta for six years beginning at age 16. He then worked for 22 years at the Kennebec Journal where he became foreman of the letter press, offset printing and binding department. Later he worked as a self-employed carpenter, building many garages, camps, remodels and additions, as well as two homes of his own. He also worked for nearly 18 years at Hammond Lumber Company in Belgrade, where he held several positions including yard foreman.

Leo taught his good friend Butch James the art of home building. Leo worked for many years in the successful construction business that Butch created.

Leo was a great story teller and could become friends even with strangers in no time at all. He enjoyed playing poker with his buddies and bantering with the ladies, both young and old. He was an avid baseball player in his youth and an enthusiastic hunter. He was a big fan of NASCAR, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and the Ohio State Buckeyes, and he loved horse racing and classic country music.

Leo was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed telling others about their accomplishments and watching their various sporting activities. He loved his dogs as part of the family, and he passed that sentiment along to all of his offspring.

Leo was predeceased by his first wife, Joan K. (LaVerdiere) Damren in 1971 and by a stepson, Troy C. Manley in 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patricia J. (Barr) Damren of Pittston; by his son, Dana M. Damren and his wife, Janet, of Augusta; by his daughters, Brenda M. (Damren) Baker and her husband Bill of Augusta, Sheila A. Damren of Columbus, Ohio, and Lorna A. Damren of Portland; by a stepson, Douglas G. Manley and his wife, Teresa, of Kelsterbach, Germany; by his grandchildren, Melissa (Damren) Delehanty, Kristina (Damren) Roderick, Amanda (Rowe) Geneseo, Rebecca (Rowe) Fritz, Jon Rowe, Justin Rowe, Alexandra Perry, Sean Perry, and Britney Manley; by his great-grandchildren, Brendan and Giuliana Roderick, Meredith Delehanty, Jacob and Nicholas Geneseo, Matthew and Kiersten Valles, Lennon Fritz, Archer and Abbey Rowe, Quinn Denis and Braxton Rowe; by his sister, Rosella (Damren) Morrow of Wells and her children, John Morrow and Kimberly Morrow Allen; by his good friend, Harold "Butch" James III of Pittston; by many close and loving cousins; and by his beloved dog, Jag.

At Leo's request, there will be no funeral service. A private family burial will take place next year.

Arrangements are in the care of Funeral Alternatives of Augusta. Condolences and tributes may be shared with the family on their website at www.funeralalternatives.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leo's memory to the:

Kennebec Valley Humane Society

10 Pet Haven Lane

Augusta, ME 04330

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Published in Central Maine on Nov. 28, 2018
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