Carl Walter Polvinen

WEST PARIS – Carl Walter Polvinen passed away at home on Nov. 24, 2022. He was born May 30, 1950 into a Finnish home in West Paris, Maine. His father, Walter, was a Maine woodsman and mechanic. His mother, Hilja, was an Emergency Room nurse. Carl has a twin sister, Carilla, as well as siblings, Natalie, Peter, Roger, Katrina, and Anna.

Carl graduated from Oxford Hills High School in 1968, served in the Army National Guard for six years, and was a member of the American Legion. Carl worked at the A.C. Lawrence Leather Company until it closed in 1987. He then was employed as a machinist at Engine Kraft, and retired from Panolam Surface Systems in 2015.

Carl was an avid golfer, loved spending time with family at Stanat’s Camp, enjoyed watching NASCAR races, and the New England sports teams. He was a friend to all and brought laughter wherever he went.

Carl’s true loves were his daughters, Lori Lynn and Amy Marie, and his grandchildren Benjamin, Ellen, Hannah, Audrey and Eli. They were at the center of his life. He was incredibly proud of each of them, sharing photos and stories to whoever would listen.

Carl is survived by daughter, Lori and husband Patrick Coleman, daughter Amy and husband Scott Samson; his grandchildren Benjamin and Hannah Samson, Ellen and twins Audrey and Eli Coleman; his siblings Natalie and husband Stan Parsons, Roger and wife Diane Polvinen, Peter and wife MaryAnn Polvinen, Carilla and husband James Brown, Anna and husband Gene Fizell, brother-in-law, Robert Morgan; many nieces and nephews, including his closest friend, Tania Silver, Lori and Amy’s sister, Jessica Jenkins, and her daughter, Emma Jenkins. He was predeceased by parents, Walter and Hilja Polvinen; sister, Katrina Morgan; nephew, Steven Polvinen; and best friend and nephew, Todd Parsons.

There will be an informal gathering to celebrate Carl’s life on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris. This is a time to connect with one another and remember the impact Carl has had on your life. At 4:30, there will be an opportunity to share a prayer, sentiment, or memory.

We request that you keep our family in your thoughts as we remember Carl, and that you reach out to those you love and care about.

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