Theodore E. Mayo

1924 – 2010

SOUTH PARIS — Theodore E. Mayo, 86, formerly of Dunton Street, Rumford, died Sunday, March 7, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

He was born in Rumford, Feb. 29, 1924, a son of Ephriam and Beatrice (Therrien) Mayo.

Ted was educated in Rumford schools and has lived locally all of his life.

He served in the U.S. Army with Company B during World War II and was discharged on July 26, 1945. For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, four Bronze Stars, and the Maine Honorable Service Ribbon with a Silver Star.

When he returned to Rumford, he married Jeannette Cyr on Dec. 1, 1945, and together they celebrated more than 60 years of marriage and raised seven children.

He worked as a millwright for Oxford Paper Co., and was a bus driver, dairy farmer and milkman.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW, the American Legion, the Oakdale Country Club, the Boise 25 year club, and a life member of the Eagles.

He was an avid Red Sox fan, loved to play bridge, and was active in his community, participating in scouting, coaching, the PTA and his church.

Surviving are his children, five sons, Jeffrey A. Mayo and wife, Beth, of Rumford, Thomas T. Mayo and wife, Pam, of Cornville, Marc J. Mayo and wife, Charlotte, of Rumford, Lee N. Mayo and wife, Jody, of Rumford and Jon K. Mayo and wife, Carolyn, of Oregon; two daughters, Pamela J. Lyons of Rumford and Shannon B. David and husband, John, of Rumford; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Locke and husband, Jerry, of Saco; and two brothers, Frederick Mayo and wife, Lucy, of Westbrook and Gerald Mayo of Rumford.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Jeannette (Cyr) Mayo in 2006; two brothers, Alyre Mayo and Linwood Mayo; and a grandson, Michael Gallant.