Henry A. Shorey III

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BRIDGTON – Henry A. Shorey III, publisher of the Bridgton News for 54 years, died Sunday, April 30, at Bridgton Hospital after a short illness.

He was the son of Henry Augustus Shorey Jr. and Helen March Shorey, and born Dec. 1, 1918, in Augusta, where his father served as deputy secretary of state and later Maine’s first chief of state highway police.

His family moved back to Bridgton in 1923, their native home. He graduated from Bridgton High School, where he was active in sports. He attended Hebron Academy and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1941. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. He was life secretary of his class. While in college, he worked for the Bowdoin Orient.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private and was sent to Ft. Bragg, N.C. He graduated from Officer’s Training School at Ft. Sill, Okla. He became an artillery air observer for the 987th Field Artillery Battalion and went overseas. In Normandy, his plane was hit by two German ME 109 fighters and he was injured. He received the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He retired as a first lieutenant of the Field Artillery, AUS, on Sept. 15, 1945.

He married Eula M. Enochs of Sullivan, Ind., and New York City on May 5, 1945. After returning to the states, he accepted a position with Ginn & Co., textbook publishers in Boston. Before beginning work at Ginn, he spent a year in graduate studies at Carnegie Institute of Technology School of Printing in Pittsburgh, Pa. He worked at Ginn in the production department in planning and cost estimating in the company’s plant in Cambridge and later in the office in Boston.

In 1952, after the death of his father, who was then publisher of the Bridgton News, he returned to Bridgton to take over the newspaper, which was founded by his grandfather, Major H.A. Shorey in 1870. In 1957, he was appointed postmaster of Bridgton by President Dwight Eisenhower and served in that position until 1979, when he retired.

He has been the third generation publisher of the News since 1952, but while he served as postmaster, the paper was in the hands of his wife, Eula, who was managing editor until she retired in 1992, and is now Editor Emeritus.

In 1999, he and Eula were inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame for “steadfast dedication, promotion of the town and region and community service as well as strong commitment to journalistic integrity.” Their son, Stephen E. Shorey, became business manager of the News in 1973. He is now general manager.

He was interested in both the past and future of Bridgton. He played a major role in the growth and prosperity of the town as an organizing member of the Bridgton Industrial Development Commission. He served as its secretary until the commission was dissolved in 1995. He was instrumental with aiding Herbert W. Chalmers in bringing the shoe shop, Bridgton Knitting Mill and Downeast Industries to Bridgton.

He was always interested in educational opportunities for young people and in 1977, with two cousins, established the Shorey Scholarship at Bowdoin in memory of seven members of the family who graduated from the college. He was a former King Lion of the Bridgton Lions Club, Bridgton Public Library trustee and president of the board, president of the Maine Press Association, a trustee of Bridgton Academy and treasurer for 10 years, president of the Bridgton High School Scholarship Foundation since its organization in 1962 (until 2001), former Bowdoin College council member, charter member of the Bridgton Historical Society, serving as its president, served as president of the Bridgton Chamber of Commerce and was a trustee of the Bridgton Water District. He was a member of the Ambassadors’ Club and the Retired Officers’ Club, Military Officers of America, Sun City Center, Fla.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Bridgton, where for many years he was a member of the church choir, beginning with the boys’ choir of which his mother was director. Joining the church in 1933, he was the longest attending member and participated in numerous committees.

He was a former trustee and deacon of the church. He was an associate member of the Community Church in Sun City Center, Fla. The Shoreys have spent winters in Sun City Center for the past 20 years. There, he taught English to farm workers at the Beth El Mission of the Presbyterian Church in Waumama.

Surviving are his wife, Eula; a daughter, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Shorey, an associate professor at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass.; a son, Stephen and his wife, Mary Patricia, of Bridgton; two granddaughters, Carolyn, a teacher at Edward Little High School in Auburn and Patricia (Trish), a student at Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.; and several second cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Shorey.

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