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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