Leon R. Truman

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NORWAY – Leon R. “Stubby” Truman of 60 Penn Road, Norway, died Jan. 19, after a battle with cancer.

He was born in Norway on Aug. 30, 1941, to Leon T. and Fanny (Heikkinen) Truman, and graduated from Norway High School in 1959.

He worked locally in the lumber business at C.N. Brown Co., Diamond International and Building Materials Inc. in Lisbon.

He was primarily known for opening and managing Hancock Lumber’s South Paris branch in 1977, where he served as owner and manager for more than 25 years.

In 1970, along with other local sportsmen, he helped re-establish the Norway-Paris Fish and Game. He served as president five different times (most recently in 2000) and was involved as a director most of his 36 years.

He was a life member with the Fish and Game Club and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and was actively involved in preserving Maine’s hunting and fishing heritage.

His involvement in the community included many years in the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, where he coined the motto “Buy it in Oxford Hills” and was the recipient of the organization’s Community Service Award in 1994.

While on the board of the chamber, he started the first Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, a major fundraiser that continues as a yearly event to this day. He was also active in the Oxford Hills Athletic Boosters.

Town team baseball was his most popular hobby, and his achievements were mentioned in the book “When Towns had Teams” by Jim Baumer. He was a very successful south-paw pitcher with 10 documented no hitters. As a culmination to his baseball career, he was notified in December that he will be inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2007. An avid golfer, he once scored a hole in one, won the President’s Cup at Norway Country Club, and was the first two-time winner of the Truman Golf Championship, a feat that gave him family bragging rights.

Other activities and organizations that he supported and participated in were the local snowmobile club and the Weary Club. He was also an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and the old-time Boston Celtics.

He enjoyed camping trips to northern Maine, fishing expeditions to Alaska and the Great Lakes, and enjoyed a successful Colorado elk hunt. He spent time traveling to places such as Florida, Alaska, Mexico, China and Hong Kong with his wife, family and friends.

He also enjoyed playing wiffleball and helped organize the Maine wiffleball championship.

He was remembered for his traumatic shopping sprees with his daughters, his breakfasts with his grandsons and late night trips to the ice cream shop.

He will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, such as “The Box” and “The Sheraton.”

He leaves his wife of 46 years, Freda, and their four children, daughter, Vicki, son, Lee and his wife, Kristen, daughter, Becky and her husband, James Leclerc, and son, Mark and his wife, Jessica. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Betty and her husband, Edwin Hertell, and Janice and her husband, John Lassalle; two brothers, Ned and his wife, Jeanette, and Edward and his wife, Margaret; along with many special nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

His family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Medd and Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice for their support and kindness.

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