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George Dana Blodgett Sr. (1951-2019)

George Dana Blodgett Sr.

TEMPLE - George Dana Blodgett Sr., 67, of Temple passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 surrounded by his family at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.

He was born May 20, 1951 in Farmington, the son of Richard M. and Helen (Iisalo) Blodgett.

George grew up in Temple and attended his first three years of school there, two of which were in what is now the Historical Society building. He then attended school in Farmington, graduating from Mt. Blue High in 1969. He went on to attend the University of Maine at Orono and graduated with an Associates degree in Chemical Engineering in 1972.

He was a member of the Temple Fire Dept. for 50 years, serving as Chief and Deputy Chief. George was certified as Firefighter I and II and was one of the first two people to be certified to wear air packs. He served the town of Temple as a Selectman for 25 years.

He worked for Knowlton McCleary and J.S. McCarthy Printers until his retirement in 2014.

His interests include hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved to fly, receiving his private pilot license in 1992 and also ATV-ing, being founder and president of the Temple Trail Riders ATV club.

He married Valerie Goodwin Breard Aug. 22, 1987, they have five children; Richard L. Blodgett and his wife Laurie of Temple, George Dana Blodgett Jr. and his wife Sarah of Rochester NY, Kert Blodgett and wife Amanda of Skowhegan, Christopher Breard and wife Peggy of Louisville KY, Leigh Spahr and husband Mark of Winterport. He also leaves 10 grandchildren; Cody Blodgett, Nicholas and Angela Blodgett, Miranda and Ryan Breard, Izaiah, Elisha and Larissa Blodgett and Peyton and Hannah Spahr.

Visitation will be at Wiles Remembrance Center: Adams-McFarlane Chapel 137 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 with a reception to follow at the Temple town hall. Burial will be in the spring at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington. Donations may be made in his memory to the Temple Fire Dept. PO Box 549 Temple, Maine 04984
A kind word may be left on his memory wall at www.wilesrc.com

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  1. so sorry to hear about George, I remember him as a very quite and polite man. Always doing for other.

  2. Prayers going out to Val and all of George's family at this difficult time. He is now free of his terrible sickness and is flying with the Angels. He was a wonderful person and has certainly earned his wings. RIP George.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Blodgett family. We will forever cherish the happy memories George left us with,, The great fishing, camping and hunting experiences, not to mention the many hours spent playing board games. George entered our lives when we needed a friend, within a short time we became family. RIP George.

  4. A profoundly dedicated public servant to our area and a great person.

    He will be missed!

  5. Rest in Peace. Prayers for the family.

  6. Rest in Peace George, you have served your town well. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Treasure all the memories!

  7. Families like Blodgett built towns like Temple all over Maine and the Country. They are America! Grandfather Harry, Dad Richard, Mom Helen, George carried the Torch of Service to his fellowman. A Life Well Lived! Among the most Trusted, Reliable and Admired Men of his generation.
    Your Legacy will Live On my Friend! Rest in Peace.

  8. Last bell my friend ,great deeds have been done. Time to rest, you earned your wings

  9. I GREW UP WITH GEORGE AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN GROWING UP IN TEMPLE, YOU NAME IT WE DID IT, HUNTING, FISHING, SUMMER & WINTER . I JUST CAN'T SAY HOW MUCH FUN WE HAD TOGETHER, I THOUGHT OF GEORGE OFTEN LIVING WINTERS IN FLORIDA.
    GEORGE WAS A GREAT MAN ,VERY INTELLEGENT , GENEROUS, AND CARING, I JUST CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT GEORGE, HE WAS LIKE A BROTHER TO ME.
    MAY YOU R.I.P. MY FRIEND, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN ! RING THAT BELL GOOD AND LOUD !

  10. Our deepest condolences to the entire Blodgett family from the Harrisons. Your family has generationally cared for everyone and been a source of strength for those around you. George was a large part of that. Hoping you all have time to heal together from this loss.

  11. We have so many fond memories of George. We pray for his families. May you know that we care.

  12. Our most sincere condolences to Valerie, Rick, Dana, and all the Blodgett family. From our first days in Temple, they were neighbors we could count on, and friends we enjoyed so many good times with. George was even TL's student at Mt Blue High School. Kathy served with George during parts of his tenure as Selectman, but George's service lasted his whole adult life. He was devoted to Temple.
    A particularly happy memory is the day not too many years ago when George took Kathy (not an adventurous person by nature) on an ATV ride to see Mt Blue and Mt Washington from Temple's best viewing sites. One of the other points that he wanted to show Kathy was the place where Alpheus Blodgett built his home as an early settler. It was a glorious ride, and she saw part of the way George saw the town.
    We all had reason many times to be glad that George knew the farther corners of our town, as he said, "Like the back of my hand!" He led rescue operations on many occasions when snowmobiles and ATV's took folks to places where they encountered difficulties.
    George served as a member of the Temple Fire Department, and led the crew as chief for many years.
    We join the whole town and a good portion of Franklin County in mourning George.

    Kathy and Terry Lynch

  13. To all of George's Family: So sad to hear of George's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time. He always greeted me with a hug and smile. He will be missed.

  14. My sincere condolences to the entire Blodgett family.
    May He R.I.P.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss, I remember George well!

  16. So sorry to hear of George's passing. I have fond memories of our youth in Temple ; little league, grade school, scouts and those long summer days when your mother Helen would drive us to Clearwater lake for swimming lessons. Deepest sympathies to the Blodgett family. Rest in Peace George.

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