FRYEBURG BUSINESSMAN HOWARD DEARBORN REMEMBERED

by Christian Mower on July 22, 2013

FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE REMEMBERING LONGTIME FRYEBURG, MAINE BUSINESSMAN HOWARD K. DEARBORN, WHO DIED SUNDAY AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS. HE WAS 95.

FRYEBURG BUSINESSMAN ELBRIDGE RUSSELL CALLS DEARBORN – WHO WAS KNOWN AS BUD – “A GREAT FRIEND AND A TRUE LEADER.”

RUSSELL SAYS DEARBORN STARTED A PLANT IN CLEVELAND, OHIO IN 1939 AND LEFT HIS SON KENNETH TO RUN IT, MOVING TO FRYEBURG WHEN HE WAS 48 YEARS OLD. IN FRYEBURG, HE STARTED A HOBBY SHOP THAT EVENTUALLY GREW INTO DEARBORN PRECISION TUBULAR PRODUCTS, A MAJOR MANUFACTURER AND EMPLOYER IN WESTERN MAINE.

RUSSELL USED TO WATCH DEARBORN IN HIS HOBBY SHOP BEFORE GOING TO WORK FOR HIM, BECOMING HIS PERSONAL PILOT AFTER RETURNING FROM SERVICE IN THE U.S. NAVY.

RUSSELL SAYS DEARBORN WAS A ROTARIAN IN NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WHEN HE RAN A BED AND BREAKFAST IN KEARSARGE. HE WAS ALSO A BIG SUPPORTER OF THE AIRPORT AT FRYEBURG – EASTERN SLOPES REGIONAL AIRPORT – AND ITS OPERATING AUTHORITY. RUSSELL SAYS DEARBORN SAID HE WOULD NOT HAVE STARTED HIS BUSINESS IN FRYEBURG IF THE AIRPORT HADN’T BEEN THERE.

RUSSELL SAYS DEARBORN WAS ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT LOVEWELL’S POND IN FRYEBURG AND IN A MOVE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT WATER CONSUMPTION AND LARGE SCALE EXTRACTION, HE SYMBOLICALLY EMPTIED A CONTAINER OF BOTTLED WATER INTO THE POND SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

DEARBORN’S WIFE VERNA PREDECEASED HIM IN THE EARLY 1990s. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS SON KENNETH AND HIS MANY FRIENDS. PLANS FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE ARE PENDING.

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Ralph Leinbach December 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Sorry,I was not aware of Howards passing until now.Our routinewas speaking to each other around the Holidays for decades.I enjoyed our annual exchanges on business and personal endeavors.He was a true entrepreneur and flight enthusiast.we need more like him.I am happy to call him a friend.

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John Petrozzelli July 28, 2013 at 4:13 am

Howard Kenneth Dearborn, nicknamed Bud, died at 95. He now joins his beloved wife Verna in heavenly paradise. He was the owner of multiple dogs named Peppy. He was a dreamer and a doer. He was a mentor and a friend. He was an ardent lover and defender of the environment and of the Town of Fryeburg, Maine. He stood up to Poland Springs on behalf of those who were too afraid or too unaware of the damage it did to Howard’s favorite pond in Maine. His train table was second to none. His flat bottom boats were an ingenious creation, and his videos of first person roller coaster rides will live forever in the minds of Americans everywhere. His favorite drink was a rum and Pepsi.
A high school graduate only, he was a self-made millionaire who made his fortune shaping metal however he wanted, including developing deep hole drilled components for the first U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. He was a pilot, an entrepreneur, a silent benefactor, and a craftman. His woodshop was a boy’s dream and a carpenter’s envy. At 75, he dated more women than a Hollywood star. He always had a beautiful (and much younger) woman on his arm, but he told me none of them compared to his deceased wife, who he missed sorely. He is survived by a son and a grateful community. He will be sorely missed.

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Ruth M Lehoux July 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I never knew Mr. Dearborn but only heard what a true friend he was to a fine lady that I know. She runs the Cockpit Restaurant here in Sanford, Maine.
May he rest in peace and his memory live longer.

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Mike DiTullio July 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

One of a kind. A true American hero and success story. The best neighbor we could have ever hoped for. Our entire family is eternally grateful and will always remember our great times with Howard in Fryeburg. You will be missed but your memory lives on!

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Robert Adams July 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Your generosity and your support within our community was, and continues to be, a positive influence on many people’s lives. Thank you.

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Jacky MacFarlane July 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Goodbye my friend. I will always remember the lessons, laughs and lectures. You were always educating! PLEASE behave when you get up there!

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