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Allen P. Strickland

Date of Death: March 29, 2010

Date of Birth: October 3, 1935

Biography:

Allen Philip Strickland died March 29, 2010, at Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta.

He was the fifth child of Evalyn Matthews Strickland and Joseph Frank Strickland Sr., of Belgrade.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Joan Strickland Stetson; his brothers, Lyle Bean Strickland and Joseph F. Strickland Jr.; and his housemate of 20 years, Wesley Umphrey.

He is survived by his brother, Harry Lee Strickland, of Augusta; nieces Sally Wallace, of Kenduskeag, and her husband, William Wallace, Patty Young, of Gardiner, and her husband, Clifford Young, and Elizabeth Strickland, of Skowhegan; his nephews, Robert Stetson, of Westbrook, and Joseph Strickland III, of Belgrade; and his sister-in-law, Nancy Strickland.

From 1950 to 1960, he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Philip Foster at the Redington Museum in Waterville. He graduated from Waterville High School; and from Becker College in Worcester, Mass.; and attended the University of Maine at Augusta.

Strickland worked at various health care facilities in central Maine including AMHI, Williams Health Care Facilities, Gilbert Manor Health Care Facilities and Walters Homes. He taught mental health courses at the University of Maine at Augusta and was co-coordinator of the first certified course for activity professionals in long-term care facilities throughout Maine. He taught this course for 19 years at Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. He taught courses and workshops at health care facilities throughout New England.

He was co-coordinator of the first International Conference on Remotivation Therapy, held in Bangor.

Strickland was active as a community volunteer in Hallowell. He was a board member of Row House, Food Bank of Hallowell, and a longterm member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, where he served on many committees and during many special events. Allen was the recipient of Row House's Eliza Lowell Award for his contributions to Hallowell in preserving its historic character for well more than 30 years. Allen was one of the creators of the Row House Black Tie Party, which is one of their most popular events today. Allen served as Row House program chairman, led the Fundraising Committee for many years, founded Christmas In Old Hallowell, and served as the grand marshal of the annual parade. Allen's tireless efforts, and talent as an auctioneer, raised thousands of dollars annually for the Hallowell Food Bank, the Old Hallowell Days Committee and the Dayspring AIDS Organization. Allen Strickland loved Hallowell and devoted many years of his life to help make it the great city it is today.

Allen wished to express his appreciation to the oncology unit at MaineGeneral Medical Center, the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Gray Birch in Augusta, HealthReach, Hallowell Family Practice, and Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on April 9 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Union Street, Hallowell. His ashes will be spread in a private ceremony in Dresden at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a charity of your choice in memory of Allen P. Strickland.

 

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