Victor L. Coolidge, 60, of East Bethel died unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. He was born at home on July 18, 1952, a son of the late Almon and Edith (Robinson) Coolidge.
Victor graduated from Telstar High School in 1970 and Central Maine Vocational and Technical Institute in 1973 with a degree in building construction. He worked over the years for George Olson Construction, Andover Wood Products, L.E. Davis, Bethel Furniture Stock, and Saunders Brother’s Mill. For many years he ran Coolidge Brother’s Blue Seal Feeds and Farm Equipment on the North Road. Vic has spent the last 26 years working for what is now the New Page paper mill in Rumford. Even in the wake of a terminal illness diagnosis, his strong work ethic remained.
He loved local history and was a lifetime member of the Bethel Historical Society as well as a 37-year member of the Bethel Masonic Lodge 97. Vic’s passion was in farming the land, from gardening to haying the fields. He will forever be remembered for his sense of humor and his generosity towards others.
Victor is survived by his wife, Tish; his daughters, Sarah DeCato and husband Chris, Jessica Coolidge, Victoria Dunham and husband Josh, and Kathryn Coolidge; his special granddaughter, Isla DeCato; stepsons, J. T. and wife Kelley and their children, Isaiah and Annabel and Matt and his companion Heather and their children, Ryleigh and Dannika; brothers, John Coolidge and wife Eva and Earl Coolidge and wife Mona; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Mary Bean, Arlene Wesson, and Phylis Barnhill.
Victor was very loved and will be dearly missed by his friends and extended family, especially his four daughters whom he was deeply proud of. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 49 Franklin Street, Rumford. Another celebration with a Masonic Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. on the family homestead at 2272 Intervale Road, East Bethel.