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Paul Newell Mosher (1918-2013)

WILTON – Paul Newell Mosher, 94, of Wilton, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2013, at his home in Wilton, Maine.

Paul was born in Wilton on June 7, 1918, the son of Clare and Maude (Newell) Mosher. His early years were spent living on a farm, learning the value of hard work and the importance of interdependence with family and neighbors.

He attended primary school at “The White Schoolhouse” in Wilton through grade eight. Paul graduated in 1936 from Wilton Academy. In 1941, he received a BS Degree in Dairy Husbandry from the University of Maine, Orono. In 1961, Paul earned a Masters of Science in Agronomy from the same University. Since 1962, Paul’s career was devoted almost exclusively to Maine’s Potato Industry. He worked for 32 years with the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Maine, and devoted himself to working with Maine Potato growers.

Paul married Bertha Emery in 1941. He is preceded in death by her, his parents, his brother, Philip Mosher, sister-in-law, Veronica Mosher and brother-in-law, Cecil Frost.

Paul is survived by a sister: Thelma (Mosher) Frost of Wilton; three sons: Peter and his wife, Karen of Manchester; Dale and his wife, Diana of Bowdoinham and Wayne and his wife, Loretta of Coarsfield, CA.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a number of dear friends.

Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was generous with his time and his possessions. Paul was a master of husbandry as it related to gardening, hunting, boating, fishing and enjoying the outdoors in all of its moods. He valued self sufficiency and lived in that manner throughout his life. Paul was a wonderful storyteller. He entertained family and friends with stories, some true, some questionable. He played harmonica and recited poetry by memory, particularly enjoying the Cremation of Sam McGee.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. from the Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High St., Wilton. Family and friends are invited to call at the Center Friday evening, May 24 from 6-8 p.m.. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Wilton Scholarship Fdt., PO Box 337 Wilton, Maine 04294.

Tributes and condolences may be shared with his family at Following services, a reception with light refreshments will be hosted by his family, (place to be announced). Private inurnment at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton, later next week.

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