WATERVILLE – Guy E. Twombly, 79, of 88 Webber Pond Road, Vassalboro 04989, died unexpectedly of pulmonary emboli, Sept. 10, at the MaineGeneral Hospital, Thayer Unit.

He was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Belfast, son of Frank A. and Bessie Tibbetts Twombly.

After his 1944 graduation from Morse Memorial High School in Brooks, Mr. Twombly enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving in the submarine service.

Following his honorable discharge he attended Milwaukee School of Engineering. Upon completion of courses there he graduated in 1954 from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

After a one-year position with the Connecticut Power Co. Mr. Twombly was invited by the University of Maine to return as an instructor in the department of electrical engineering later becoming an assistant professor until beginning his 33-year career with the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Before his retirement in 1987, he had served many years as chief engineer and senior rate analyst. During his retirement Mr. Twombly worked for Utilities, Inc.

Mr. Twombly was well-known around the country for his work on national telecommunications issues for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). As the representative from the State of Maine Public Utilities Commission, he chaired the Staff Subcommittee on Communications for over 17 years.

This group was comprised of representatives from utility regulatory commissions around the U.S. and its objective was to help the NARUC Communications Committee develop policies and positions for NARUC on all major communications issues. Mr. Twombly was a charter member of the Federal/State Joint Board on Universal Service, as well as a number of other special committees and task forces on communications matters.

Until his retirement, Mr. Twombly was an active member of the National Conference of Regulatory Utility Commission Engineers, which dealt with engineering issues related to the regulation of public utilities, and served as its president in 1972.

He was respected nationwide for his expertise as a utility regulatory engineer and communications expert and had testified as an expert before state commissions, the Federal Communications Commission, congressional committees and task forces and other boards and commissions.

Mr. Twombly was a member of the Riverside Congregational Church where for 37 years he was an officer of the church. During his 42-year residency in Vassalboro he served in numerous capacities on town committees. A life-member of the Waterville Beagle Club and the National Rifle Association, a 50-year member of the Marsh River Lodge in Brooks. Mr. Twombly, an avid hunter also very much enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling.

Mr. Twombly is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty, his son, Guy A., both of Vassalboro; his daughter, Susan Reeder, her partner, Kevin Ryan, and a grandson, Benjamin Reeder, of Portland; his sister, Henrietta Cox and her husband, Edward, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; a special sister-in-law, Jane Stemm and her husband, Bud, of Unity and Pinellas Park, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.

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