STRONG — Lawrence M. Curtis Sr., age 89, died at this home in Strong on Tuesday morning, April 19, following a long illness.

He was born July 29, 1921, in Kingfield, the son of Warren and Emma Parson Curtis. He was educated in the schools of Kingfield and Turner. Later on he graduated from aircraft mechanics schooling and received a diploma for teaching and as an instructor of airplane repair. Lawrence joined the Air Force in 1942 and received a medical discharge in 1944.

He was married to Amy Sawyer of Farmington Falls. Lawrence worked for many businesses, including H.G. Winters Mill, Starbird Lumber, Strong Wood, Arthur Gordon, French Chick Farm in Turner, Pillsbury Farm in Farmington Falls, where he helped raise beans for local factories, and George McGary at the Hudson Garage, where he went to mechanics’ schools.

In 1946 he moved to Strong and built his own garage, where he repaired and sold cars and worked on heating installations. Later on, he drove a school bus for SAD 58 for 21 years, retiring in 1980 due to cancer and heart surgery. Lawrence served on the Board of Directors for AMPS Ambulance Service for many years. He also did a lot of charity work for those in need.

He is survived by one son, Lawrence M. Curtis Jr. of Strong; two daughters, Mildred I. Long of Florida and Clista M. Stevens and her companion, David Boucher, of Strong; one half-sister, Helen L. Pillsbury of Strong; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers; Warren C. Curtis. Jr., Charles E. Curtis and Linwood C. Curtis; and two half-brothers, Deane McLeary and Clifford McLeary.

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