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OSWALD L. WORCESTER
COLUMBIA - Oswald L. Worcester passed away in his sleep Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 7, 1915, in Columbia the son of Ralph E. and Ronie (Leighton) Worcester. Oswald is survived by his wife of 55 years, Julia of Columbia; a son, Oswald Jr. and his friend, Pamela Janice, of Wallingford, Conn.; daughter, Deborah and her husband, Allan Metzler, of Hancock; daughter, Cynthia and her husband, Everett Grant, of Addison; as well as six grandchildren, Jacob and Rebekah Metzler, Sarah and Christopher Worcester, and David and Emily Grant. Survivors also include sister-in-law, Priscilla Worcester of Columbia; close family friends, Laura and Lennox Ramsay, and many nieces and nephews. Oswald was predeceased by his six siblings, Merrill Worcester, Hilda Hooper, Elva Cotton, Orrin Worcester, Stella Bucknam, and Ralph Worcester. Oswald entered the 835 Engineer Aviation Battalion, USAF on May 8, 1942. He trained in the Mojave Desert and served in Italy and the Sahara Desert during World War II. He was a member of VFW Post No. 11553. He participated in local government in the town of Columbia as a selectman, assessor, school board member and road commissioner. Oswald worked a great variety of occupations that included working on the families' farms, teamster in the Maine woods, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Resort at Upper Dam, Hathaway Brothers' Sawmill, Maine Guide, self-employed carpenter, blueberry farmer, a quarryman in Stony Creek, Conn. from 1961 to 1974, and he also worked at the Tabbutt Blueberry Rake Factory. In his retirement, Oswald enjoyed time with family and friends playing cards and dominos as well as going to camp at Beddington Lake. As a sports fan he delighted in watching his grandchildren play a variety of sports. He was an avid Narraguagus High School basketball fan. Additionally, he was a Red Sox Fan. Last spring he attended his first Red Sox game, a spring training game in Florida. He watched all the games this year including the long awaited and joyous World Series victory. A service of remembrance will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Columbia Town Hall with the Rev. Bernard Brown officiating. Gifts in memory of Oswald may be sent to the Columbia Cemetery Society, care of Charlene Ramsdell, 298 Epping Road, Columbia, ME 04623. Arrangements are by Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Milbridge.
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