The War Is Finally Over



Carl Arthur Pierce, age 87, passed away at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, on February 10, 2017, after a long period of declining health. During his illness he had resided at Togus, and Coastal Manor in Yarmouth.

Carl was born in Portland on April 28, 1929, the second child of Chester “Chet” Pierce and Florence “Flossie” (Caldwell) Pierce. He grew up in the Riverton area, and attended Portland schools. At age 16, he began working at the S.D. Warren paper mill in Westbrook. Carl had a fondness for motorcycles in his youth, and drove his two Harley’s throughout Maine and New Mexico. He saw action in the Korean War, before being honorably discharged.

img_8239-largeHe was a Portland firefighter, at the Central Station, for 15 years. He was also a skilled finish carpenter, and very knowledgeable about many aspects of building construction. He worked many construction and remodeling jobs in and around Portland, notably in the Old Port. Later, he worked at Jordan Marsh and the Barron Center. Carl was a trusted employee and had a strong work ethic. He took good care of his family.

Carl had a son, Michael, from his first marriage. On June 2, 1962, he married Betty A. Grover (Thurlow), and gained three stepchildren as well. Carl loved children, and treated his stepchildren as his own. They all loved him as their “Dad”. Carl and Betty had two more children together. They were married for 54 years.

In 1969, Carl, along with Betty, began to study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was baptized some time after his wife. He made many good friends through his association with the Witnesses, and the Bible truths he learned brought him comfort and hope. Though he later ceased active participation, he never stopped believing what he had been taught, and he remained supportive of his family’s efforts for the rest of his life.

dad-gingerHe loved animals of all kinds, and used his carpentry skills to build many barns, pens, and cages to house all of the family’s numerous pets. He and Betty enjoyed feeding the birds and other wildlife on their property. They never turned away a stray cat, and adopted many cats and dogs over the years. He was especially fond of his last dog, a Chow Chow named Ginger, who went everywhere with him.

Carl was a homebody, but he did enjoy several trips with his family to Prince Edward Island in Canada, and also Florida. He liked his pickup trucks and classic country music.

Carl was predeceased by his parents and his older brother Donald. He is survived by his wife Betty of New Gloucester, his stepson David J. Albert of Texas, his stepdaughter Kathleen L. (Albert) Fortman and her husband John of Wiscasset, his stepson Gregory C. Grover and his wife Jodi of Raymond, his daughter Cheryl A. (Pierce) Stringer and her husband William “Ed” of New Gloucester, his son John D. Pierce of Bangor, his sister Evelyn Roberts of Portland, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral services. Family and friends are invited to a gathering at the Stringer home on Sunday, February 26, from 1:00PM on.

If friends desire, to honor Carl’s great love for animals, donations can be made in his memory to an animal shelter of your choice.

Goodbye Dad, you will always be with me.


47 thoughts on “The War Is Finally Over

  1. My condolences. He lived a full, wonderful life and left a legacy to his children of service, ethics and honor, not a bad thing at all. Take care of yourself and remember the good times. You had a good dad!

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  2. A wonderful tribute to your dad. May he rest easy now. I wish you and your family the space and the calm to come to terms with his parting – he will find his place in you all. Vinnie, take care of your human … he needs you very much just now. The Bean and I send our strongest, warmest thoughts to you in this time of sadness – it will dissipate in its own time and you will find him in the sunrise and sunset, the rainbows and the raindrops, the crisp snow, the autumn mists, the rushing rivers, the sea – there he will be looking sue and straight at you. And mostly when you sit quietly he will be there in the beating of your heart because, you see – he is right there in you. ❤️

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss, John. Your father sounds like a wonderful man and your eulogy was lovely. There comes a time for all of us and Alzheimer’s can be a cruel disease. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in your memories. K x


  4. I wanted to stop by and offer you my condolences.My heart goes out to you as well as my prayers. No matter how things may have been preparing you for this day, nothing can prepare you for the moment when it finally happens. I sincerely hope that you are doing well. You have expressed (in a beautiful way) your genuine love for your Dad not only in this amazing tribute to him, but also in past posts which have been so well written and so honest…They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and I firmly believe that..You are a wonderful, kind, honest caring man with a huge heart and that is something that your Dad can certainly be proud of! God Bless You John. Keep your chin up and if you need a friend, I am here! (Hi Vinny!)

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  5. What a lovely tribute to your dad my friend. My heart goes out to you and to all of your family at this time. I know how hard and how sad it must be for you but your dad is finally at rest now. Thinking of you, sending you my love and prayers and wishing you your own peace now. Take care ok. xo

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      1. Moms doing ok. I’m better now after my trip to the hospital Saturday when I thought I might join my dad! Turns out I just have the Flu! When it rains it pours so they say. Feeling better now and will be returning to the highway tomorrow.

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  6. May your Dad rest in peace John… my deepest condolences.. and thank you for sharing your most heartfelt thoughts and feelings.. Stay well… you’ve been in my thoughts…

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      1. I get you on that, as someone who also was the black sheep, so to speak.. As time goes on and you remember more in chronological perspective, rather than just the moments that eat us all up with guilt, you will see the love you showed and shared, when it counted most to him..
        I can’t convince you of any of that because I didn’t buy it when those words were told to me.. But I found them true.. You will too, in your own time.. 💛

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