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William Flint

William T. Flint, Jr.

August 25, 1940 - May 5, 2020
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Obituary

OWLS HEAD - William Thomas Flint Jr, 79, passed away May 5, 2020 at Maine Medical Center after a period of declining health.

Born in Rockland, Bill was a lifelong resident of Maine other than two years in Texas while in pilot training for the Bangor Air National Guard. This was a continuation of his lifelong passion of airplanes and flying which began for him in the Civil Air Patrol during high school. It was also in high school where Bill met the love of his life, Louise West.

After graduating from Thomaston High School in 1958, Bill went to Bowdoin for two years before being sent by the Air National Guard to Webb Air Force Base for pilot training in Texas with his new bride Louise. In 1963 he returned to the 132nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron Air National Guard out of Bangor Maine where he was a pilot until 1969.

During his time in the Guard, Bill returned to the University of Maine and finished his BA, MS, & PhD in Physics while also working at Tibbetts Industries in Camden as Special Projects Director. By now he was also helping his father at Park Street Laundromat, ultimately taking over the business with his son Bill. As was his father, Bill was a member of The Grand Lodge of Maine, Rockland Chapter.

As he eased into retirement, Bill was able to embrace his love of golf, travel, and family. Bill discovered Sanibel Island and the west coast of Florida, with many happy winters spent there on the beach and golf course. Having worked as a caddy at the Rockland Golf Course in high school, he warmed up his clubs and off he went, even getting a hole-in-one on the course at Kelly Greens where he and Louise spent much of their time. Evenings in Florida were often spent with friends enjoying sunsets and good food. March of every year saw his and Louise’s return to Sugarloaf for skiing and a condo full of family and the kids’ friends.
He and Louise also enjoyed traveling, including many trips to Boston and Washington DC as well as memorable cruises to Alaska & the Rhine River.

Retirement also brought with it the onset of Grandkids. From the time the first grandchild was two, time was spent with memorable flights to Florida and hours at the beach and pool. At Sugarloaf, both he and Louise were skiing with the grandkids by the time they were two. Whether walking on the beach collecting the best sand & shells in a bucket or building chutes down snowbanks and catching the kids before they went into the parking lot or brook, he was having a great time.

Grampy’s approach to grandkids can be summed up in his frequent mantra “everyone needs someone who thinks they are wonderful all the time”. He thought nothing of taking the teens with permits out to get his or her driving hours logged. He took great joy in his grandkids’ successes, whether it be Alice & her Masters in OT, Skye thriving at Bates studying psychology, Dave graduating from UMaine in Chemical Engineering, or Keanu fishing off shore or lobstering with his dad.

Bill is predeceased by his parents, Katherine and William Flint formerly of Thomaston. Survivors include his wife Louise; sister-in-law Nancy Eugley and her partner Ralph Post; children, William, III and his wife Martha, Charles and his wife Kelly; Katherine and her partner Steve Clark; his beloved grandchildren, Alice and David Flint, Skye Conley, Keanu Campbell, and Owen and Cameron Littlehale; other family members include, his niece Becca Maltais and her husband Frank and their son Carter; as well as cousins, Debbie and Kent Carey of Southborough, MA. He enjoyed a close relationship with all his and Louise’s relatives throughout the country. Time was spent daily making sure he reached out to family and friends. His words of wisdom were appreciated by all. Always thoughtful and kind, the family would ask that those wishing to donate do so to a local foodbank or other charity to help those in need in these difficult times.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, a small family celebration of Bill’s life and accomplishments will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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Sherree Craig

Posted at 03:55pm
Bill, Martha and family,
I am so sorry to learn about your father’s passing. He was a wonderful person and will always hold a special place in my heart for his support and wisdom. He gave me the big thumbs up to make my life’s transition to the mid coast when I asked about the Allen Agency so long ago and was one of my favorite customers at the general store. He will be missed by the whole community.

Much love and peace to you all.
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Sandra Overlock

Posted at 11:06am
I will miss Bill. I didn't see him often but knew he was just a phone call away. Graduating in the class that Bill was president of was a blessing. He kept us in touch with one another like no other class president. I have many memories, this one may see silly but it always made me smile. I have a habit of rubbing my eyebrow when reading and if I remember correctly Bill did a similar thing in school. Made me feel normal.
Condolences to you and your family. So nice your family is around. Mine was a blessing when I was in your shoes. Bill certainly loved his family and had great times with them gathered from our conversations.
MY best to your all, Sandra Overlock
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James Freyenhagen

Posted at 07:32pm
So very sorry for your loss. I had many enjoyable conversations with your Dad over the years. He always had a great sense of humor and was truly a wonderful person. My condolences to the entire Flint family.
Jim Freyenhagen
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Kathryn Fogg

Posted at 02:45pm
I have shared a property line with Bill and Louise for over 40 years. Bill was always willing to discuss any issues in a friendly and helpful way. He put plantings in to aid the attractiveness of the property and cut trees which were were becoming a problem. Life is so much better with good neighbors and Bill was one of them. My condolences to the family.
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James Leach

Posted at 04:44pm
Very sad news to hear of Bill’s passing . I had just met Bill and Louise a few years ago , you know when you meet special people it’s obvious ....and that’s how I feel about these two...Bill was always diplomatic with me.....I will forever appreciate our conversations about business ..and swapping hilarious encounters with our customer base over the years....
My condolences to Louise , Bill , Charlie and the entire Flint family.
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