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Frank C. Spinney

May 24, 1942 — September 5, 2022

Washburn and Clinton – Frank C. Spinney, 80, passed away September 5, 2022, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta following a period of declining health. He was born in Winn, Maine on May 24, 1942, the son of the late George and Leona (Fitzgerald) Spinney. Frank was a graduate of Washburn District High School, entering the United States Army Reserves after graduation. His short time in the reserves ended as his sense of duty compelled him to enlist in the United States Navy, where he served aboard USS SHANGRI LA (CVA-38) homeported at Naval Station Mayport, FL as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate from 1960-1964. Following his honorable discharge from the US Navy, he began a lifelong career as a Union Sprinkler Fitter. His years as a Sprinkler Fitter took him and his wife Barbara to all corners of the United States where they made lifelong friends and memories. Notably, he spent considerable amounts of time in Galveston, TX, Marseilles, IL, and Yakima, WA. Following a long and successful career, he settled in Clinton, ME where he remained a member in good standing of UA Local 669 Sprinkler Fitters. In retirement, he and Barbara spent the winters on the road traveling to see the friends and family they had throughout the country. With Barbara as the Navigator, they were happiest when exploring the country in their motor home with their pets. The season of travel and visiting was always concluded with the fond return home in Maine, only after the snow had melted of course! Frank was also a Master Mason of the 32nd degree, Shriner, and in good standing at Washburn Lodge #193 A.F.&A.M., as well as a member of the Scottish Rite of the Valley of Bangor-Portland.

Frank is survived by his Sister Dorothy McCabe of Kathleen, GA, Sister Marsha Droese of Grand Rapids, MI, Sister Linda Gooch of Waycross, GA, Brother Basil (Sonny) Ward of Hattiesburg, MS, Stepsister Alice Tarbox, of Washburn, ME, Stepbrother Lyman Sperry of Perham, ME, Stepsister Ruth McLaughlin of Perham, ME, Son Rick Pelletier of Washburn, ME, Grandson Joseph Pelletier of Kuwait, Grandson Alex Pelletier of Ledyard, CT, Granddaughter Libby Pelletier of Bolivia, NC, and Granddaughter Natalie Pelletier of Freeport, ME. Along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

He was predeceased by his: Wife, Barbara (Libby) Spinney, Sister, Loretta Theriault, Sister, Claire Wilcox, Sister, Jeannette Meir, Brother, Raynold Spinney, Brother, Albert Spinney, Brother, Grant S. Spinney, Sister, Vera Farrell, Sister, Lila Domblesky, Son, Harry Pelletier, Son, Dennis Pelletier, Granddaughter, Amanda Pelletier, and a very special friend and partner Pauline Bowers.

Funeral services with Masonic rites will be held at 10AM on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the chapel of the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou. Interment with military honors will follow in the Riverside Extension Cemetery in Washburn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at

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