Elliott A. Sturgis


AUBURN – Elliott A. Sturgis, 94, of New Gloucester, passed peacefully away on April 8, at Hospice House.

He was born in Portland on Feb. 4, 1912, the son of Adelaid Sweeny and Guy Hayden Sturgis. Elliott attended five public schools in Portland from grammar school through to Deering High School and was very proud of the fact that all of his schools were within walking distance of his home and that he walked to school every day. He transferred to Hebron Academy his junior year and graduated in the Class of 1932. As a student at Hebron, he played basketball and ran track. He attended the University of Maine and was an alumni member of the Class of 1936.

After leaving the university, he was a manager of the men’s department at the former Rines Brothers clothing store in Portland.

In 1938, he married the former Orlean Bunker, and they lived in Kittery, where he operated a cleaning business. In 1942, they moved to New Gloucester, living in the same home for 64 years.

During World War II, Elliott worked as a welder at the Portland Shipyard. In 1945, he opened the country store at Upper Gloucester, which he owned and operated for 32 years, retiring in 1977. While he ran the store, he began a deer-hunting contest and was one of the organizers of the local Rod and Gun Club. He was also a member of the Redmen.

Elliott was a member of the parish of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, where he served as a trustee. He also served on the New Gloucester Cemetery Association for 22 years.

Once he retired, Elliott and his wife Orlean spent 16 winters in Florida, where they indulged their love of golf all winter long. Elliott was a great sports enthusiast, especially golf. He was called “Dead Eye Sturgis” by his golfing buddies.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 67 years, Orlean; his son, Guy H. Sturgis and wife, Laura Jane, of New Gloucester; his daughter, Katherine Anderson of Falmouth; his only granddaughter, Melissa Elie and her husband, Jon, of Leeds; his grandsons, Matthew E. Sturgis and his wife, Amy, of Gray, Drs. E.J. and Kristen Anderson of Providence, R.I., and Tyler Anderson of Scarborough; five great-grandchildren, who will miss their “Gramps” and his stories of days gone by; three special nieces, Diane Payson and husband, Tom, Nancy Sturgis Whitehouse and husband, Doug, and Martha Sturgis; and several nephews.

Elliott was predeceased by one sister, Eleanor Perkins; and three brothers, Guy, John and Fred Sturgis.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Hospice House in Auburn for the loving care that they gave to Elliott the last weeks of his journey here on Earth.