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Rumford — Stanwood L. Pingree of Andover passed away peacefully at Rumford Hospital on April 19, with his family by his side, after a brief yet courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on January 17, 1931, the son of Ellsworth and Sadie (Cole) Pingree.

Stanwood was educated in Milton schools.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany.

Stanwood worked at the Oxford Paper Company on the number 10 paper machine as well as the log room until his retirement in 1979.

Stanwood was a go-getter and was never known to sit still. He had a love for singing and playing guitar, gardening, hunting, and fishing, and was a skilled craftsman with wood.

He could always be found in the barn, garden, or hayfields, or tinkering on something broken and at times creating a machine all his own.

When he was giving his hardworking hands a rest, you could find him with a coffee in hand and a story to be told, or sitting in front of the television with the volume so high one would feel they were in a real live shoot-out.

Stanwood was an amazing storyteller who could capture the attention of any audience. A cowboy in heart, body, mind and soul, he had a love for horses and farming, which he dedicated most of his life to. He was easily loved by all who met him and touched the lives of all who knew him. His family meant everything to him.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years Joyce (Billings) Pingree of Andover; his children, Linda Pingree Courtney and husband, Herbert, of Rumford, Tammy Pingree of Dixfield, Roberta Cahill and husband, Terrance, of Rumford, Sherwood Pingree and companion, Crystal McKenna, of Rumford, Linwood Pingree and companion, Jaime Robinson, of Rumford, Stanwood Pingree Jr. of Rumford, Victoria Pingree and companion, Everett Jones, of Rumford, Ellsworth Pingree and fiancé, Stephanie Bolduc, of Rumford, Stacey Pingree and wife, Brandi of Poland, and Rebecca Pingree and companion, David Cole, of Rumford; a sister Rita Wilson and husband, Denny, of Bethel; twenty four grandchildren, Amanda, Nicole, Angela, Katelin, Sherwood Jr., Corey, Jeremy, Troy, Kaitlyn, Steven, Brett, Samantha, Tyler, Averie, Allie-Rae, Jordan, Amber, Taylor, Brittany, Brian, Robert Jr., April, Ashley and Susan; sixteen great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ryleigh, Hunter, Jacob, Kayla, Tessa, Allexys, Dalton, Alayna, AnnaBelle, Peyton, Jada, Jazmin, MacKenzie, Ethyn and Zander; special niece Kristina; special nephews Davis and James; brother-in-law Reggie Billings and wife, Valerie; and sisters-in-law Jennie Fillmore and husband, Ludlow, and Janice Bennett and husband, Danny.

He was predeceased by his parents, and infant sister Janice; infant brother Donald; son Robert Pingree Sr.; brother Arthur Pingree; and brother-in-law Gerald Billings Jr.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences, and fond memories with the Pingree family by visiting their guestbook at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com

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