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Sheldon T. Prentice
May 5, 1928
July 5, 2019

    BRIDGTON -  Sheldon T. Prentice suffered a massive stroke on the Fourth of July and passed away early July 5th. He was the son of Charles E. and Katharine R. (Tillinghast) Prentice. Sheldon, 91, served as a proud Marine in World War II. He spent his last few months as a resident of the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris. He is survived by Patience (DeWitt) Prentice his wife of 69 ½ years who is in fragile health and remains in the Nursing Unit of the Veterans’ Home.
    Sheldon worked as a respected and skilled heavy equipment mechanic for, among others, Burnham Brothers in Naples, Maine, Crooker & Sons in Brunswick, Maine and Rinker Materials in Miami, Florida. After a brief retirement he worked for Rudy’s Garage in Bridgton. After another attempt at retirement, he worked for the Western Maine Funeral Group also in Bridgton. In his last few years he repaired small engines of many types from his colorful yard on Cross Street where it is said that customers came for his “stories” just as much as for their broken lawn mowers and golf carts.
    Sheldon was known for his dedication to hard work, his quick wit and his propensity to create aptly descriptive nicknames for friends and family. When not working, Sheldon loved to fish and hunt, and in his last few years, he found a much welcomed camaraderie with a lively group of men he called “The Old Car Guys.” Partly out of his frugality and partly out of his love of being outdoors, Sheldon took great pride in a yearly vegetable garden right up until his last two years.
    In addition to his wife, Sheldon is survived by three daughters: Kathryn (Rick) Ogrodnik, Judy (Rich) Kern, Tamar Prentice; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister: Evelyn Stuart; brother-in-law: Drew Webster; “brother”: Ron Irish; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Charlotte Prentice.
    Sheldon’s “men don’t cry” exterior hid a love of poetry from most. An excerpt of one favorite, often quoted from memory to family, was Longfellow’s A Psalm of Life:
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
     A celebration of Sheldon’s life will be held at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco on Monday July 15, at 10:00 a.m.

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