BROOKLIN and FORT MYERS, FLA.—Andrew J. Pease Jr., 77, died April 4, 2015, following a courageous battle with cancer. His wife, Janet, was by his side at Hope Hospice of Shell Point in Fort Myers, Fla. He was born Jan. 15, 1938, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Andrew Jackson Pease Sr. and Wilda Forbes Pease.
Andy graduated from New York Military Academy, Cornwall-on-Hudson in 1956. He attended Bates College and graduated from Husson College with a business administration degree in 1960. He served with the Air National Guard from 1961 to 1967. Andy married the love of his life, Janet Wadsworth, in 1960. They raised two beautiful daughters, Becky and Katy, in Hampden. He shared his love of the outdoors with his family, venturing often to the Northwoods on numerous fishing and hunting trips, which included his favorite spot, Rainbow Lake. Many were fortunate to enjoy Andy’s gourmet meals and passion for fine foods. Andy and Janet shared wonderful traveling escapades both domestic and abroad, with their most recent trip visiting Prague. They also enjoyed many coastal sailing adventures with dear friends. Andy always enjoyed being challenged to a game of cribbage and playing bridge with friends.
From 1960 to 1967, Andy was employed by the Merrill Trust Co. In 1967, Andy began his 36 years of devotion to Webber Energy Fuels, retiring as senior vice president and CFO in 2003. Andy was instrumental in the acquisition of Rainbow Lake Lodge for Webber Oil Co. in 1975. He was an active member of the Hampden community serving as Board Member and Chairman of the Board for SAD #22, member of Hampden Kiwanis, and was a founding member of the Hampden Regional Library, now called the Edythe L. Dyer Community Library. He was proud to be named a lifetime honorary trustee of the library and later received the Hampden Distinguished Citizen Award. Work related organizations included the Industrial Communication Association and the New England Fuel Institute. He served as director of both. At a state level, he was a member of Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Overseers of the Bar. His community involvement continued after his retirement to Brooklin, including serving on the board of Coastal Holdings and The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth. Recognitions include; United Way Distinguished Community Service Award, United Way Presidents Award and the Husson College Public Service Award.
He was predeceased by his parents. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Janet Wadsworth Pease, are his daughters, Becky Pease, and her husband, Mike Rioux of Sedgwick, Katy Wood, and her husband, Bud Utecht of Dedham; granddaughter, Emily Wadsworth Wood Moore and her husband, Josia Moore; and two great-grandsons, Samson and Jude, all of Bath. He is also survived by sister, Virginia Stack of Billerica Mass.; special nephew, Jeff Stack and his wife, Laurie, of Newburyport, Mass.; and many loving family members and friends.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5 to 7p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, where a funeral service will be held Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Gerry Kush Gregersen officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St. immediately following the service. Those who wish to remember Andy in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Edythe L. Dyer Community Library, 269 Main Road North, Hampden, ME, 04444. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.