FARMINGTON — Malcolm W. Porter Sr., 71, of West Farmington, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Malcolm graduated from New Sharon High School in 1964. He excelled in athletics, being a four-letter man in his sophomore year. He really liked track and field, winning many first-place ribbons, even against his rival, Farmington. His interest in track continued throughout his life — the Olympics trials and the Olympics competitions were his favorites. He was a Red Sox and a Patriots fan and often had colorful words about NASCAR drivers.

Malcolm went on to graduate from KVVTI in 1967 from the culinary arts program.

He cooked at Wayside Grill, Mad Mamma’s, The Trolley Diner and later owned and operated F.L. Butler’s in Farmington. He was known for his prime rib, lobster Newburg and salmon pie. After selling F.L. Butler’s, he ran the short-lived Greenfields, and finished his career at UMF cooking for Aramark.

He was a charter member of the Farmington Elks Lodge, being named Elk of the Year twice. He and his cooking partner, Tim Merchant, put on many good meals for the Elks’ functions.

Malcolm will be remembered for his dry one-liners. He had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor.


He will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Nancy (Ross) Porter; son, Malcolm Jr.; and daughter, Mary Ellen Towne. He is survived by his brother, Rodney of New Sharon; sons-in-law, David Spinney-Porter and Ronald Towne; and two granddaughters, McKenna and Avery Towne. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Lucille (Finley) Porter.

Many thanks to Dr. Goss and the nurses at FMH for their care over the past two years, and to Sue and Wanda from Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice for their care and concern for Malcolm’s well-being.

Condolences and tributes are welcomed on his memorial wall at

Malcolm W. Porter Sr.

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