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Arthur Dana Witham (1942-2020)

Arthur Dana Witham

PHILLIPS - Arthur Dana Witham, 78, passed away on October 1, 2020 at his home in Phillips, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 21, 1942, in Avon, son of Dana and Lucille (Storer) Witham. He was educated in the schools of Phillips. From 1959 to 1962, he served his country in the U.S. Marines. On April 26, 1974, Arthur married Joan Boutilier at the Farmington United Methodist Church. Over the years, he worked as an equipment operator at Cousineau’s in Strong, and as a bartender at Poacher’s Paradise in Madrid where he made the girls and everyone laugh. Arthur was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed camping with Joan and the grandchildren; playing cribbage with Tim; listening to country music with Danny and Shawn; fishing with Jarrod; dancing the “Teaberry Shuffle” with Tristin; laughing with Pete and Scoob; and being an “outlaw” with his lifelong best friend John Pinkham.

Arthur is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joan Witham of Phillips; four sons, Timothy Witham (Jessica) of Greenbrier, TN, Shawn Searles (Kim) of Franklin, KY, Daniel Searles (Lori) of Phillips, Chris Skidgell (Elizabeth) of Norridgewock; one daughter, Tammie Goings of Farmington; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, cards or memorial contributions may be sent to Joan at PO Box 293, Phillips, ME 04966.

A private graveside service will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Phillips with Rev. Susan Tierney officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME.

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  1. Joan and family my deepest condolences. I always will remember Arthur he could always make me smile even when I was down. He was a great bartender. Until we meet again.

  2. Deepest condolences to Joan and family.

  3. Joan and family we are very sorry to hear of your loss.

  4. I rode to work with Arthur for several winters. What a rig. He was just plain funny without even trying.
    A shout-out to Joan. She did her best to keep Arthur healthy, and mobile. Joan.....excellent job.
    I can imagine him being a bar-tender - a pure riot.
    So sorry, Joan & family.

  5. Best Uncle ever. He was so much fun and always made everyone laugh. Condolences to Joan and Tim. I know you will miss him. Don't forget to give him a shake every once in a while. Love you!

  6. Joan and family our sincere condolences . Art rest in peace and now you have almost the whole POACHERS up there with you. Make Steve sing for ya.

  7. Joan and family
    So sorry about Arts passing. He was a good ole boy. Always could make you laugh. I remember the days when he would bartender at Poachers...I started Calling him Lollipop and he would laugh and ask my why I called him that.i said anyone that falls asleep with a lollipop in his mouth needs to have that nickname.
    He always had a good story to tell you..and he loved his family so very much.
    RIP Art until we meet again, and I will bring the lollipops!

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joan and your family. Will always remember our fun times we had back in our younger days. Bo and Susie Douglass

  9. Joan, my heart goes out to you and your family. Arthur was always happy to see me when he came in and always had a story to tell. It brought a smile to my face and made my day. I am sad to hear of his passing!

  10. so very sorry. RIP Art. All of you have many wonderful memories. Cherish them always. Hugs to the entire family. He will be missed

  11. so sorry to hear of Art's passing. I was fortunate to have worked with Art for many years,an excellent operator, and funny funny man.he will be missed.my thoughts and symphony to Joan and family

  12. So sorry to hear about Art, one of the funniest guys ever!! Our sympathies to Joan and Family. We will always remember all the fun we've had with him and the many laughs we've shared. He was quite the character and everyone loved him. Joan did a great job taking care of him through the years and making sure he had his supply of coffee brandy on hand back in the day. We took a really great trip to Illinois with Art and Joan and did many fun things with them. Take care Joan and Family and RIP, Artie.

  13. My condolences to Art's family, we worked together. Rip

  14. Sending condolences to Joan and the family. Art was a fun guy he will be missed by all who knew him.

  15. So sorry, Joan, for your loss. He is at peace now. You did a wonderful job keeping him with you. Now it's time to find your own peace. I'll think of you often.

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