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Stanwood L. Pingree
RUMFORD -– Stanwood L. Pingree of Andover passed away peacefully at Rumford Hospital on April 19, 2011 with his family by his side, after a brief yet courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on January 17, 1931 the son of Ellsworth and Sadie (Cole) Pingree. Stanwood was educated in Milton schools.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany.
Stanwood worked at the Oxford Paper Company on the No. 10 paper machine as well as the log room until his retirement in 1979.
Stanwood was a go getter and was never known to sit still. He had a love for singing and playing guitar, as well as a craftsman with wood, gardening, hunting, and fishing. He could always be found in the barn, garden, or hayfields, or tinkering on something broken and at times creating a machine all his own.
When he was giving his hard working hands a rest, you could find him with a coffee in hand and a story to be told, or sitting in front of the television with the volume so high one would feel they were in a real live shoot out.
Stanwood was an amazing storyteller who could capture the attention of any audience. A cowboy in heart, body, mind and soul, he had a love for horses and farming, which he dedicated most of his life to. He was easily loved by all who met him and touched the lives of all who knew him. His family meant everything to him.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Joyce (Billings) Pingree of Andover; his children, Linda Pingree Courtney and husband, Herbert of Rumford, Tammy Pingree of Dixfield, Roberta Cahill and husband, Terrance of Rumford, Sherwood Pingree and companion, Crystal McKenna of Rumford, Linwood Pingree and companion, Jaime Robinson of Rumford, Stanwood Pingree, Jr. of Rumford, Victoria Pingree and companion, Everett Jones of Rumford, Ellsworth Pingree and fiancée, Stephanie Bolduc of Rumford, Stacey Pingree and wife, Brandi of Poland, and Rebecca Pingree and companion, David Cole of Rumford; a sister, Rita Wilson and husband, Denny of Bethel; 24 grandchildren, Amanda, Nicole, Angela, Katelin, Sherwood Jr., Corey, Jeremy, Troy, Kaitlyn, Steven, Brett, Samantha, Tyler, Averie, Allie-Rae, Jordan, Amber, Taylor, Brittany, Brian, Robert Jr., April, Ashley and Susan; 16 great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ryleigh, Hunter, Jacob, Kayla, Tessa, Allexys, Dalton, Alayna, AnnaBelle, Peyton, Jada, Jazmin, MacKenzie, Ethyn and Zander; special niece, Kristina; special nephews, Davis and James; brother-in-law, Reggie Billings and wife, Valerie; and sisters-in-law, Jennie Fillmore and husband, Ludlow, and Janice Bennett and husband, Danny.
He was predeceased by his parents; infant sister, Janice; infant brother, Donald; son, Robert Pingree Sr.; brother, Arthur Pingree; and brother-in-law, Gerald Billings, Jr.