PUBLIC REMEMBRANCE FRIDAY FOR FRYEBURG’S DICK ANDREWS

by Gair on October 11, 2012

FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE REMEMBERING RICHARD W. “DICK” ANDREWS, WHO DIED UNEXPECTEDLY OCT. 4, 2012 AT HIS HOME IN WEST FRYEBURG, MAINE. HE WAS 76.

BORN IN STOW, MAINE, DICK GRADUATED FROM FRYEBURG ACADEMY IN 1954 AND WORKED WITH HIS FAMILY AT RIVERSIDE FARMS IN NORTH FRYEBURG, WHICH AT ONE TIME WAS THE LARGEST DAIRY FARM IN MAINE. HE WORKED FOR THE OXFORD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT., WHERE HE BECAME CHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF. HE LATER WORKED FOR A MANUFACTURING COMPANY, MANAGED THE PLEASANT MOUNTAIN SKI AREA IN BRIDGTON AND THEN STARTED HIS OWN EXCAVATION AND BUILDING COMPANY.

BUT TO MANY, DICK’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS HIS WORK AT THE FRYEBURG FAIR, WHERE HE WAS THE LONGEST ACTIVE EMPLOYEE WITH 55 YEARS SERVICE. HE WAS HEAD OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND POLICE WHEN HE DIED – WHEN HE FIRST STARTED IN THE 1950s, HE USED TO PATROL THE PERIMETER OF THE FAIRGROUNDS ON A HORSE.

CAPT. RAY LAFRANCE OF POLAND, MAINE – WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR THE ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – SAYS DICK WAS A “ONE OF A KIND” PEOPLE PERSON.

RAY FIRST MET DICK IN 1984 WHEN HE WENT TO WORK AT THE FRYEBURG FAIR AS A POLICE OFFICER – RAY THINKS THEY HIT IT OFF BECAUSE THEY BOTH HAD WORKED ON A FARM. RAY CONTINUED TO WORK AT THE FAIR THROUGH THE YEARS AND WAS WORKING AS DICK’S ASSISTANT AT THE FAIR THIS YEAR.

RAY SAYS DICK WENT HOME FROM THE FAIR – AND JUST DIDN’T COME BACK THE NEXT DAY. DESPITE THE TRAGEDY, RAY SAYS HE’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR TO WORK AT THE FAIR BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT DICK WOULD HAVE WANTED.

DICK WAS A MASON, A MEMBER OF THE FRYEBURG LIONS CLUB AND HE SERVED ON THE TOWN’S BUDGET COMMITTEE. HE IS SURVIVED BY SEVERAL CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, A BROTHER AND SISTER, NUMEROUS OTHER RELATIVES – AND MANY CLOSE FRIENDS.

A PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF DICK’S LIFE WILL BE HELD FRIDAY OCT. 12, 2012 AT 4 P.M. AT THE FRYEBURG FAIRGROUND’S SPECIALTY FOODS PAVILION. THE FAMILY REQUESTS MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS BE MADE TO FRYEBURG ACADEMY OR FRYEBURG RESCUE.

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