Weston D. Huntress
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SANFORD - Weston D. Huntress, 93, a longtime resident of Sanford, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Dec. 14, 2013, at the Newton Center.
Weston was born on April 22, 1920, in Hiram, one of eight children born to Weston D. and Grace (Sargent) Huntress, Sr.
He grew up in Waterboro and attended Thornton Academy in Saco.
Weston enlisted into the United States Army Air Force in July of 1942. World War II was in need of young men with the special talents and courage that Weston possessed. He served with distinction with The 458th Bomb Group, known as the Liberators over Norwich. Wes was an air traffic controller in England who guided the pilots safely back to home base. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1947.
After the war, Weston returned to Maine and was glad to be back on the East coast. He was soon working at the Waterboro Tannery. One night, he was talked into going out on a blind date; with a borrowed sports coat, he met June Goodwin, a "city girl," and they recently shared their 63rd wedding anniversary. They were total opposites, yet they made their life together, raising two daughters in Sanford.
Weston was shy and reserved, yet could be quite funny and told wonderful jokes. He loved being outside at his home, tinkering with his lawnmower or snow blower. He whistled as he worked and would walk six miles a day with his good friend and neighbor, Joe.
He and June traveled to Arkansas for a reunion with fellow service members, and they enjoyed going to Disney World a couple of times. While on a trip to California, they visited the Queen Mary in Long Beach. It was good to hear him share his memories and watch his eyes twinkle as he explored the craft that he traveled to England on during the war.
From the tender age of 5 and by listening to the ballgames on the radio, Weston became a die-hard Yankees fan. He loved the comments made while wearing his ever-present Yankee hat in Red Sox Nation.
His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren, who called him Papa. He would listen to their dreams and never underestimated what they could accomplish! Papa and June could be seen on the sidelines at all of their sporting events and being present for special activities in school. He'd share his favorite saying with them, "We don't have much money, but we have a lot of fun." And fun they had!
Weston will be remembered for being a devoted husband, dedicated dad, and wonderful Papa. He put the needs of others before his own and loved being in the presence of his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, June Huntress, of Sanford; his two daughters, Debbie Collins, of Springvale, and son-in-law, Dennis Collins, of Florida, and Karen Brine and husband, Michael, of Sanford; his four grandchildren, Jessica Collins, of Boston, Massachusetts, Ian Collins and fiancee, Jenn Anderson, of Buffalo, Minn., Jennifer Brine, of New York City, and Justin Brine, of Sanford.
Weston was predeceased by his seven brothers and sisters.
A graveside service and celebration of Weston's life will be held later in the spring at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Newton Center and Hospice for their love and care of Weston as he began his journey home.
A special goes thanks to Anita "Arthur" Arsenault and Edward "Junior" Arsenault for their friendship and support.
Memorial donations may be made in Weston's name to the Activities Fund at the Newton Center, 35 July Street, Sanford, Maine 04073.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street in Alfred, is respectfully handling arrangements.
Autumn Green Funeral Home
47 Oak Street
Alfred, ME 04002
Published in Fosters from Dec. 19 to Dec. 22, 2013