FARMINGTON – Everett L. Vining, 76, of Farmington, died Friday evening, Feb. 27, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

He was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Freeman, a son of John and Elsie (Blackwell) Vining. He made his home in Farmington since 1938.

Everett attended Farmington schools, graduating in 1950 from Farmington High School. He continued his education in Boston, Mass., and graduated from Wentworth Institute in 1953. His college yearbook described him as “an enterprising student who wastes little time. He likes sports very much, being active in interclass football and softball when in school, and hunting and fishing when at home. Friendly and easy to get along with, ‘Ev’ is certain to find success as a building contractor.”

He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955. On Nov. 27, 1955, he married the love of his life, Olive Helen Getchell.

He was president of E. L. Vining and Son, Inc., Vining Enterprises and K&E Auto Sales.

Always active in civic affairs, he was a former town of Farmington selectman, member of the budget committee and grant review of community development. He was a member of the board of directors for the Farmington Fairgrounds and was a former 4-H leader. He was a board member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, working on several committees, including the building committee for the new church. He was also a member of the Roderick Crosby American Legion Post 28, of Farmington, and joined the Maine Masonic Lodge 20 AF & AM in April of 1958, becoming lodge master on Jan. 14, 1967. As a 32nd degree Mason, he joined the Kora Temple Shrine in April of 1973, first with the Kora Band and then the Motor Corps. Everett was a woodworking craftsman and was very skilled at building beautiful furniture. He lent his skill and know-how to many community projects and made many treasured gifts for his beloved family.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Olive, of Farmington; four children, Karan Vining and her partner, Ed Blum, of Manchester, Sharon Fortunato and her husband, Mike, of Newburgh, Kevin Vining and his wife, Judy, of Farmington and Sheila Richards and her husband, Mike, of Farmington; nine grandchildren, Derrick Tyler, Angela Charland, Mike Brown, Jennifer Brown, Kelly Greene, Kody Vining, Kolton Vining, Jacob Richards and Jared Richards; and one great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Tyler.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Carroll Vining.

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