Gordon “Stub” Eastman


LOVELL – Gordon M. Eastman, 89, perhaps better known by his nickname, “Stub,” passed away peacefully at his home on May 12.

Stub was born in Lovell, on Dec. 15, 1916, the son of Max and Mabel (Brooks) Eastman. Stub received his education in Lovell schools and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1934.

He married Frances A. Rich of Norway on June 10, 1939, and together raised their children Gordon (Stubby) M. Eastman Jr. and Patricia L. Eastman Bryan.

Stub worked as a farmer, woodsman and bus driver before joining the Maine State Forest Service in 1948. He served 28 years as a district ranger. Stub was an active participant in the formation of the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department and was a member and past president of the Western Maine Firefighters Association.

Stub contributed a lifetime of community service to his hometown. He was an active member of the Lovell town government, which included serving on various committees and serving as selectman for 23 years. His community memberships include the Lovell United Church of Christ, Lovell Historical Society, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Pondicherry Chapter 192, Order of the Eastern Star and member and past master of Delta Lodge of Masons.

Fate was unkind, and Stub was predeceased by his son in 1959; his brother, Brooks, in 1981; his wife in 1985; his daughter in 1989; and his sister, Olive, in 2002.

Stub is survived by his sister, Maxine Fisher and her husband, William, of West Chester, Pa.; granddaughters, Tamsen (Bryan) O’Neil and her husband, Leo, of Chester, Calif., and Kimberlee Bryan of Claremont, N.H.; great-grandchildren, Daniel O’Neil and his fiance, Deanna Neri, of Nashua, N.H., and Erin and Ryan Frizzell and children, Emma, Jakob and Bradley of Gorham, N.H.; one niece, Sherry (Eastman) and her husband, David Redlon, of Buxton; five nephews, Joel and his wife, Linda Eastman, of Portland, Kim and his wife, Patti Eastman, of Standish, Mark and his wife, Cille Eastman, of South Paris, Quentin and his wife, Barbara Eastman, of Glastonbury, Conn., and Clinton and his wife, Jennifer Buck, of Billings, Mont.; and many grandnieces, grandnephews and their families. He will also be missed by his former son-in-law, Roger Bryan and his wife, Berta, of Lovell; his caregivers, Martha Armington of Lovell, Bonnie Doe of North Fryeburg, Lauri McGrath of Lovell and Penny Parmenter of North Fryeburg.

Stub was a beloved family member, loving friend, kind neighbor and caring community member, and the town has lost a most forward-thinking leader. He will be missed.