AUBURN — Harold W. Footman Jr., 85, known to his family and friends as “Red” died early Wednesday, Jan. 30, at The Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, with his loving family at his side. He was born in Lewiston, Nov. 7, 1927, the son of the late Harold W. and Edith L. (Merrill) Footman Sr.

After graduating from Lewiston High School, he joined the Army and proudly served his country when duty sent him to the Philippines. After his time in the service, he married the love of his life, Ardis Hart. They settled in Greene, where they raised their family. At the time of his death, they had been married for 65 years.

In his younger life, Red was instrumental in creating the Men’s Club of Greene and was an active member of the Baptist Church of Greene. For a time, he was the superintendent of the Sunday School and enjoyed the young adults group. He was a member of the Democratic Party and enjoyed supporting his candidates and attending conventions. He also was a Mason for 55 years at Ashler Lodge.

Although he worked at several different places including Bath Iron Works and as a USDA inspector, he was always proud of the work that he and others did to organize the workers at the Bonafide Mill to ensure the rights and safety of its workers.

Another source of pride is the many stone walls that he built with his father in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Many of which can still be seen today. He then turned to the career that he loved the most — that of an antiques dealer. He and Ardis owned and operated Red’s Antiques for many years. He truly enjoyed all of the people he met during this later-in-life career.

Red loved to hunt and fish, but most of all he loved the time that he spent with his family. Thanksgiving and Christmas were always times to “pack the house” with family and friends.

He will be missed by those who knew him and by his survivors.

He is survived by his wife, Ardis Footman; his daughters, Peggy Dearborn and husband, Dan, Karen Footman, Elaine Wood and husband, Charles, and Tracy Johnson and her husband, Robert; his son, Walter Getchell and his wife, Dianna; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; his sisters, Pauline Beckey and husband, Robert, Ruby Austin and husband, Horton and Sharon Ray; and his best friend, Dick Crowell and wife, Audrey.

He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Lorraine; a daughter, Holly Trinh, whom he cared for during her courageous battle with cancer-always at her side; and a granddaughter, Danielle.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Harold’s life by visiting his guest book at

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