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Wilmot A Larsen

Date of Death: August 24, 2021

Date of Birth: June 23, 1929


GARDINER-Wilmot Austin Larsen passed away peacefully at his home in Gardiner, Maine on August 24, 2021, surrounded by the love of his family.

Wilmot was born on June 23, 1929 in Easton, Maine, to Hanford & Dora (Doak) Larsen. Wilmot was called many names by the people who loved him:  Dad, Grampie, Papa, Will, Willie, Bub, & Willnut were a few favorites. Wilmot grew up working the family farm and potato fields with his father and brother. For someone who dug, picked, hauled, and ate countless barrels of potatoes, he still appreciated a good baked potato on his plate at supper time. Wilmot graduated from Easton High School in 1949 and continued working on the farm until enlisting in the Army in 1951. He served as a Military Police Officer during the Korean War and was stationed in Colorado and also in Alaska where he learned to ski.

When Wilmot returned home, he fell in love with Dorothy Flewelling and they were married in 1955. Wilmot and Dorothy started their family and settled in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Wilmot loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing - he even mounted a fishing pole holder to one of his two motorcycles. Wilmot worked for the telephone company for many years, traveling the state of Maine, setting poles as a lineman, and climbing thousands of poles as an installer and repairman.  In his later years, on his way to church, he would always comment on how thin the telephone poles were in southern Maine and how they wouldn’t hold up in Aroostook County.

Wilmot was a man of many hats, literally and figuratively. After his retirement at the age of 56, and not one who liked being idle, Wilmot took on many part-time jobs in his community:  a handyman to many widows in town, a jail keeper and painter for Piscataquis County and he started his own lawn care business.  He would often say, “I want enough change in my pocket to hear it jingle, but enough time to go fishing and hunting whenever I want.”

Wilmot will always be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, handsome smile, but most importantly, the love he had for his wife and family.  Wilmot’s summers were dedicated to spending time outside with his grandchildren.  He took them four- wheeling, fishing, camping, shooting (with a BB gun), and bike riding. Wilmot made the grandkids stilts and taught them how to use them. Wilmot also made a bow & arrow and spent many hours at the end of Green Street teaching his Grandchildren how to shoot.  Every year at Christmas time, Wilmot would make a special trip to Larsen’s Jewelry Store to purchase gifts for his wife, daughters, and granddaughters. Those tiny, beautifully wrapped boxes, tucked into the Christmas tree, were always highly anticipated, and will be forever cherished. Wilmot’s love and dedication to his grandchildren extended to his great-grandchildren as well.  Wilmot loved to hold, read, and play with his great grandchildren, even getting on the floor in his late 80’s to play ball. Cookies and milk with Great Papa became one of their favorite routines and visits were always filled with hugs, kisses, and “I love you”.

Wilmot was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Flewelling) Larsen, his parents, Hanford & Dora (Doak) Larsen, his sister, Verla Courey and his brother, Winston Larsen.  He is survived by his loving daughters, Patsy & husband, Charles Holmquist of Enfield, JoAnn & husband, Scott Sargent of Gardiner, by his beloved grandchildren, James & Ashley Holmquist of Veazie, Jennifer & Vaughn Hutchins of Gray, Aaron & Rachel Sargent of Randolph, Alissa & Matthew Mank of West Gardiner and by his cherished great-grandchildren, Lily, Austin, Jensen, Emilynn, Allie, Ainsley, Bryant, Willow & Autumn. Wilmot is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Phyllis Nadeau & Geraldine Flewelling of Easton, a brother-in-law, Josh Jones of Ohio, many loved nieces & nephews and several special friends.

The family would especially like to thank Rhonda Winokurzew and daughters, Elsie and Charity, for the love and care they provided to Dot and Wilmot over the last several years. You blessed their lives and they loved you all very much. The family would also like to thank the Maine General Hospice team for their support and kindness.

A graveside service celebrating the lives of Wilmot and Dorothy Larsen will be held October 9, 2021 at 2pm, at Estes Park Cemetery, 66 Center Rd. Easton, Maine.  All family and friends are welcome! In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations made in Wilmot’s memory to: Church Hill Baptist, PO Box 5190, Augusta, ME 04332 or Maine General Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828.

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