Corwin ‘Corky’ Packard


AUBURN — Corwin “Corky” Packard, 80, of West Poland passed away Monday, May 9, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Westfield, Mass., Jan. 7, 1931, the son of Roy and Elizabeth “Betty” Packard. He graduated in 1949 from Westfield High School. He was a member of the enlisted Army Reserves from 1950 to 1956.

In 1950, he joined the apprentice program through General Electric. His employment with General Electric continued through 1989. He traveled from Connecticut to Puerto Rico and even to Saudi Arabia during his tenure. He was plant manager in Auburn from 1967 to 1976.

He was an active member in Town of Poland politics including serving on the planning board and the board of appeals. He served as a trustee for the Ricker Memorial Library and as treasurer of the Highland Cemetery Association.

Corky was an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fly fishing and gardening. In recent years, he became a coin collector and passionate reader.

On April 27, 1973, he married Frances J. Tripp and together they spent wonderful years at homes in Greenwood and Blue Hill as well as Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Fran; his children, Robert and Tammy Packard, Debra Pelchat, Andrea Whittier, Michael and Nancy Whittier; grandchildren, Joel, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Samantha, Rebecca, Brian and David; along with eight great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jane.

He was predeceased by his son, Brian; and grandson, Jason.

The family would like to thank Dr. Sarah Skelton, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and Clover Health Care.

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