CARL ARTHUR PIERCE, 87
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.
He 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.
He 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.