1939 – 2014

SKOWHEGAN — Guy A. Durrell Jr., 74, of Stratton/Embden, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, July 20, at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, with family by his side.

He was born in Eustis Ridge on Oct. 11, 1939, a son of Guy A. and Rena (Church) Durrell Sr. He received his education in Stratton schools and on March 5, 1966, married Theresa Craney of Wilton at Bean’s Corner Baptist Church in Jay.

For a number of years, he built roads with Dana Fotter and Roland Fotter, before driving logging trucks for Joe Berube of Stratton. He then worked for Dead River Co., where he learned how to install flooring and later opened Durrell’s Carpet Service, which he owned and proudly operated with his daughter, Carla, and son, John, for 44 years, with locations in Livermore Falls, Farmington and Stratton.

He was an artist at his trade, and his strong work ethic and generous spirit found him on more than one occasion bartering with folks who needed his company’s product and skills, but might need some leniency with their bill. He was a humble person who quietly and conscientiously connected with his community and supported such things as providing shirts for Little League teams, plowing out church parking lots or offering to do something that was needed, but Guy would want no accolades.

He was a lifelong Red Sox fan, (a New England sports passion he shared with his mom) and was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, partridge hunting, ATVs, snowmobiling, gardening and working on his firewood. He will be missed by his family who loved and supported him through the difficult process of what is called “the long goodbye” … Alzheimer’s.

He is loved by his wife of 48 years, Theresa, of Embden; children, Susan Moors and her companion, Doug Wade, of Rumford Point, Carla Proctor and her husband, Martin, of New Vineyard and John Durrell of Stratton; five grandchildren, Tori Bolduc and her companion, Dave Blais, Laci Churchill and her husband, Brian, Treva Moors, Marisa Moors and her companion, Joe Krech, and Zackary Whitney; seven great-grandchildren, Dominic Irish, Briana Churchill, Ethan Blais, Bailey Churchill, Claire Krech, Alexis Blais and Carter; a brother, Robert Durrell Sr., North Jay; cousins, Arvilla Pease and her husband, Peter, of Stratton and Joanie Corson of Madison; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his folks and three half-brothers, Ernest Dyer, Olian Dyer and Leslie Dyer. Guy joins his very special friends, Bob and Carol Gray.

Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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