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George Theodore Pillsbury (1933-2013)

FARMINGTON - George Theodore Pillsbury, 79, of Farmington, departed for his heavenly home on Monday, July 22, 2013 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

George Theodore Pillsbury

George Theodore Pillsbury

He was born in Rangeley  on Oct. 8, 1933, the son of Leon Pillsbury and Frances (Farren) Pillsbury. He was a graduate of Farmington High School and attended Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, Mass. He served as Pastor of several Maine Churches, taught in several Maine grade schools, was employed and retired from International Paper in Jay and was a Registered Maine Guide. He and his wife also owned and operated the local natural healing and herb store, “The End of the Rainbow” for many years.

He married the former Gloria Porter on Sept. 8, 1954 in Farmington Falls. He leaves behind his loving wife and eight children: Nathan Pillsbury and wife Nancy of Industry; Lori Pillsbury and husband Virgil Garcia of Hesperia, CA; Jonne Trees of Boothbay; Dan Pillsbury of Bedford, VA; Don Pillsbury of Farmington; Linda Thompson and husband Kapoula of Kurtistown, HI; Lisa Dereszynski and husband David of Kansas City, MO; and LaDonna Delgado and husband Captain Rich Delgado of Chesapeake, VA; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Noah Cain Pillsbury, son of Nathan, and wife Sara and four children Emma Kay, Sienna Grace, Brandon Theodore, and Annabelle Marie of Parker, CO; Nash Brandon Pillsbury, son of Nathan, of Avon, CO; Alex Christopher Dereszynski and his wife Laura; Aaron James Dereszynski, sons of Lisa of Kansas City, MO; Andrea Laura Garcia of Coronado, CA & Virgil Alexander Garcia of Sunnyvale, CA, daughter and son of Lori, of San Diego, CA.; Gabrielle Pillsbury, daughter of Don of Redding, CA; Autumn Alexis Landry daughter of Dan of Red Hook, St. Thomas USVI; Keoni David Thompson of Kona, HI & Koa John Thompson, sons of Linda of Kurtistown HI; Cora Georgianna and Faith Glorianna, daughters of LaDonna of Chesapeake, VA.

George also leaves behind a brother, Charles Pillsbury of Anthem, AZ; and sisters Pearl Greco of Farmington; Hope Goings of Farmington Falls; Ruby Faunce of Turner; Iris Allison of Annville, PA; and Joyce Hassinger of Mashpee, MA.

George was an avid Red Sox fan as was his father. He was well known in this area for his fast softball pitching and continued to play for many years until undergoing brain tumor surgery. He enjoyed hunting with his brothers and oldest son, attending family reunions, parties and visiting his children and grandchildren in Spain, California, Missouri, Virginia, and Colorado. He and his wife also spent many winters in Hawaii with daughter Linda and family.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Edward, Verdell and Fred Pillsbury and a sister Helen James.

His family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for all their kindness this past year. A special thank you to Tarin and Bonnie.

A celebration of his life will be held on Aug. 18 at the Farmington Baptist Church, 194 Whittier Road at 2 p.m.

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  1. A wonderful, loving man. We will miss you "Dad". You will never be forgotten and always have a giant place in all our hearts. Sleep Peacefully. Love, Nancy

  2. What a legacy George leaves behind,
    I am thankful that he served the Lord and has his rewards in heaven. That is what matters the most.
    He has taught so many the gift of giving of yourself to others.
    George will always be remembered and one day we will meet again.

    My heart and prayers go out to the family in this difficult time for strength.

    I am blessed to have know George, and to be a part of the family.
    Dian Mooar

  3. George was a gentle soul and no matter what time of day we showed up at the Pillsbury's I always felt welcome

  4. Prayers and my condolences to Georges family. He was a wonderful kind and loving man to family and friends .RIP George

  5. Rest in eternal joy, peace and happiness Uncle George! You surely bring angelic verse and song to Heaven's choir.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Pillsbury in the mid 90's at his store. He was wonderful to talk with, kind, gentle, and very informative of the products he sold. It was always wonderful to see him. He leaves a void in Farmington's energy. I can say that meeting him enriched my existence, and he will be missed.

  7. George will be missed. We grew up together in the Falls. Gloria, sorry for your loss, he
    is in a better place now.

  8. Condolances to Gloria and all George's family. He is in a better place, and so missed by all that knew him.

  9. So sorry to hear this - Gloria, love and comfort to you and all of your family.