John C. Cudworth

John C. Cudworth

SHAPLEIGH - John C. Cudworth, 88, of Shapleigh, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2012, at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough.

John was born in Nashua, N.H., on Sept. 15, 1924, the son of Christopher and Albea (Bellevance) Cudworth.

He attended school and spent his childhood in Lowell, Mass.

At sixteen years of age, John enlisted in the United States Navy and served also with the Merchant Marines.

He possessed a great ability to fix or repair just about anything mechanical. His "honey dew" list grew as he and his wife Agnes raised their seven children.

John was proud of his welding career with Combustion Engineering in Billerica, Mass., and transferred with the company to Portsmouth, N.H.

Mr. Cudworth moved to Shapleigh in 1990 and soon became a "regular" at the Shapleigh Corner Store and Boonies. He loved spending time at Goose Pond and Mousam Lake.

When the kids were younger, he and Agnes would load up the family sedan and go for Sunday rides. He was an avid fisherman and liked to go deer hunting with his sons. John enjoyed the companionship of his fellow comrades at the veterans' home and liked to watch the old westerns and war movies on television.

First and foremost was his dedication to his wife and family. He was proud of his children and encouraged them in their personal and professional careers. He will be deeply missed by his family.

He is survived by his two sons, J. William (Billy) Cudworth, of Alfred, and Scott Cudworth, of Shapleigh; his five daughters, JoAnn Dean, of N.C., Louise Gendreau, of Dracut, Mass., Donna Kinney, of Merrimack, N.H., Barbara Pare, of Lowell, Mass., and Kim Manning, of Alfred; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Agnes, in 1990.

Family and friends called on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home in Alfred. A graveside service with military honors was held on Monday, Oct. 29, at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maine Veterans Home, 290 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

Published in Fosters from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, 2012