1946 – 2015

SUMNER — Edward Paul Averill, 68, of Sumner, died Sunday, March 29, at his home with his wife of 46 years by his side, after a courageous struggle with cancer.

Born in Lewiston, he was the son of Dexter and Ethel Ryder Averill. He graduated from Buckfield High School in 1964. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army for three years. Serving in Pleiker, Vietnam, with the 815th Engineer Battalion from April 1967 to April 1968. Upon returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Jayne Stevens, on July 6, 1968. They moved to Sumner where they raised two sons, Daniel and Samuel; and a grandson, Trevor, whom he considered a son. He was employed at C.B. Cummings and A.C. Lawrence Leather until they closed. Then he went on to earn his Class A license. He then worked for Condor, Cousineau’s, Tom Richards Logging and Clifford Lowe Trucking, where he retired due to ill health.

He was a member of Evening Star Lodge No. 147 of Buckfield, VFW Post 3335 of Jay and American Legion Post No. 0058 of Buckfield. In younger years, he was a member of the Sumner Volunteer Fire Deptartment and the Mt. Tom snowmobile club.

He is survived by his wife of Sumner; sons, Daniel of Sumner and Samuel and his fiancée, Michelle McGray, of Hartford; grandson, Trevor Edward and his girlfriend, Shanisa Bowden; sisters, Carol Goodman of Mabank, Texas, and Kathy Hanning and her husband, Gary, of Buckfield; brothers, Dexter and his fiancée, Joyce, of Westpoint Island and Michael and his wife, Jane, of Buckfield; sister-in-law, Sandra Averill of Sabattus; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and four cats who will miss him greatly.

Eddie was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Stanley and Colista Stevens; two brothers-in-law, Edwin and Darwin Stevens; and a nephew, Tony Gray.

A special thank-you to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice nurse Tammy Bean and aides, Barbara and Cheryl, for the excellent care and compassion they showed. Another big thank-you to Pauline and Paul Kirschner for always being there. Two special nieces, Paulette Tabb and Paula Bissonette, for going above expectations.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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