SOUTH PARIS — Lewis B. Paine II of Auburn, husband of Eileen J. Paine, died Tuesday, June 6.

He was born May 15, 1927, in Bangor, a son of the late Charles Graham and Anna Lillian Paine. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1945. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and became a state of Maine registered professional engineer.

Following his marriage to Sarah M. Weeks of Calais, his working career included employment at Eastern Fine Paper in Brewer, Worthington Corp. of New Jersey, Lincoln Pulp & Paper and St. Croix Paper Co. in Woodland. After his marriage to Eileen Paine in 1984 he worked as a manufacturers’ representative in the paper industry covering northern New England, where he was well-known and respected for his strong personal relationships, integrity and work ethic.

A 50-year member of High Street Congregational Church, UCC, Lew served on the diaconate, church council and board of directors of the UCC. He was a life member of Tranquil Lodge, AF & AM in Auburn and Shriners International, Kora Temple in Lewiston, as a member of the Greeter Unit.

Lew was a sincerely devoted husband and father who had a deep concern for all of his family. He was a very kind, caring and supportive presence in the lives of Eileen’s four daughters, Kelly Higgins, Kimberly Odishoo, Krista McCormick and Kara Briggs.

Lew loved to travel, whether for work or pleasure. He loved life and every day was a “good day.” Lew and Eileen enjoyed many memorable summers at their camp on Cobbossee Lake. Lew especially enjoyed boating, whether for water skiing or just taking long leisurely trips around the lake enjoying the wildlife with family and friends.


Over the last 11 years, Alzheimer’s disease slowly stole away his remarkable intellect. Always the optimist, Lew accepted his diagnosis with courage and dignity. When he was no longer able to remain in the home he loved, the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris became his second home, where he was loved and cared for until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, of Auburn; his daughter, Anna Camire, and husband, Leo; his four sons and their wives, David and Sandy, Barney “Lewis B. Paine III” and Merrilee, Carl and Dianne and Daniel and Trisha; his brother, George and wife, Linda, of Chamberlain; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many remarkable nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah; his two brothers, Charles and Albert Paine; his two sisters, Eleanor Ruhlin and Virginia Westbrook and an infant brother, Richard.

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Lewis B. Paine, II

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