1928 – 2010
TROY – John “Jack” L. Leavitt, 82, of Troy, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Thursday, May 27.
He was born in Lewiston on April 30, 1928, the son of the late Frank and Ruth (Fisher) Leavitt.
He attended Lewiston High School and graduated class of 1946. He first worked at Pineland Lumber Co. in Auburn, then after graduation he went to work for Darling’s Auto Parts in Auburn. On Nov. 30, 1946, he married Beverly Pearl Brooker of Auburn. When Darling’s expanded to Farmington, Jack and Beverly moved there to operate the new franchise. They purchased this franchise and changed the name to Jack’s Auto Parts.
Upon the sale of Jack’s Auto Parts in 1986, they moved to Dixmont and ran Leavitt’s General Store until 1991.
An avid golfer, he was a member of Country View Golf Course. Legally blind, he still played, and during this time hit a hole in one. Along with golf Jack enjoyed fishing, bowling, was a member of the Farmington pheasant club and loved bird hunting. He also enjoyed playing cards and didn’t mind betting a dime on a full house. A scratch ticket was a treat, and so was the daily double at the Farmington, Bangor or Windsor tracks.
As a father, he attended the ball games of each season, sometimes as a spectator and in the early years as a coach. As a grandfather, then a great-grandfather he could still be found on the sidelines.
He is survived by his sister, Evelyn Tuttle of Lewiston; two sisters-in-law, Lois Leavitt of Auburn and Donna Riggs of Waterville; three sons, Michael and his wife, Terri, and their daughter, Renatta of Chelmsford, Mass., David and his wife, Paula, of Troy and their children, Jennifer, Lori, Sam and Jacquelyn, and Andrew and his wife, Sheila, of New Vineyard, and their sons, Daniel, Jonathan and Jason; seven great-grandchildren; and several very special nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly; and his brother, Leonard Leavitt.