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John Ellsworth

John Alroy Ellsworth

Monday, August 30th, 1926 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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Obituary

John A. Ellsworth, 93, of Kennebunk died after a brief battle with cancer on May 5, 2020. He was in the loving care of his family.

John, the son of Roydon and Lillian, was born Aug. 30, 1926 in Salem, Maine. He graduated from Stanley High School in Kingfield, Maine in 1944. He loved school and sports, especially baseball.

John served as a SGT in the Army Air Forces in World War II at Orly Field Army Air Base in France as well as a short duty in Germany guarding German prisoners of war at Dachau.

John worked at the Goodall Sanford Mill from the fall 1946 – July 1947. He attended Springfield College in MA but transferred to Gorham State Teacher’s College in Maine after marrying Barbara Welch in 1948. John met Barbara at Kennebunk Baptist Church after returning from the service in 1946.

John began his teaching career in 1952 on Deer Isle at the high school in Stonington. He also coached baseball there. He taught and coached (in his earlier years) in the Kennebunk School System from 1953 until he retired in 1987. After retirement, he continued to work in Kennebunk for six or seven years, supporting gifted math students.

For John, faith and family were of utmost importance in his life. He taught adult Sunday School for several years at Wells Branch Baptist Church. John loved spending time with his family, while enjoying the beauty and many outdoor activities Maine has to offer.

John was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Barbara, and sister, Mary Preston. He is lovingly remembered by his three children, Michael (wife, Karen), Jayne R. Harris (husband, Jeffrey) and Brenda Ellsworth-Bylow (husband, Gary Bylow); two grandchildren, Zackary Ruel (wife, Tonya) and Gavin Snapp; and two great grandchildren, Chrysanthemum Hazel and Violet Rose Ruel.

John’s family would like to express their appreciation to the entire staff at New England Cancer Specialists in Kennebunk. Additionally, many thanks to Hospice of Southern Maine for the wonderful care they provided John and the emotional support they extended to his family.

Services will be private due to precautions taken during this time.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to: Kennebunk Baptist Church, PO Box 396, Kennebunk, ME 04043.


To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit John’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME www.bibbermemorial.com
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    Location
    Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    83 Stanley Road
    SPRINGVALE, ME 04083
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Services will be private due to precautions taken during this time.
  • Interment

    Location
    Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    83 Stanley Road
    SPRINGVALE, ME 04083
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Interment will be private

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PERRY.TAYLOR12@ATT..NET

Posted at 08:54pm
JAYNE, 2 YEARS AGO, JANET AND I STOPPED AND HAD A NICE VISIT WITH YOUR DAD. HE WAS ALWAYS SUCH A WONDERFUL TEACHER AND NEVER DISCOURAGED!! I KNOW ALL OF YOU SHALL MISS HIM GREATLY, BUT HE IS WITH YOUR MOTHER NOW, ENJOYING THE BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN!! UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN............................... Love, Sylvia Weeks Taylor and Family

P.S. WE PLAN TO FLY INTO PORTLAND ON JUNE 27 FOR A FEW DAYS, AND MAYBE WE CAN SEE YOU THEN!!
YOU PROBABLY HEARD THAT MY BROTHER BOUGHT OUR FOLKS' HOUSE ON 9A, BY THE CHURCH, LAST YEAR, AND HAS IT NEARLY REDONE INSIDE AND OUT!!
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Kevin McCabe

Posted at 08:19am
Remember John from the days when he, and his wonderful wife Barbara were at the Wells Branch Baptist Church where for some period of time he was a Sunday School teacher. Oh, what wonderful day's they were!
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Crystal Gregoire

Posted at 08:31pm
Arithmetic : A Rude Indian Though He Might Eat Turnips In Church .
I might not have done great in his math class , but I remember him teaching me this .
God Bless ❤️
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Alan Lovejoy

Posted at 06:36pm
I had Mr Ellsworth as my fourth grade teacher at Park Street, he always ranked as one of my favorite teachers and I loved the science experiments that he did in class. Even as a fourth grader I knew he was not your average teacher and had a passion for his work. He will be missed and my best wishes to his family. -Alan Lovejoy
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Pauline Wilson

Posted at 08:34am
Mr Ellsworth was my math and science teacher at KJHS in 1960. We also became friends. Many years later, after I had become a parent, I met him on the street and I spoke to him, never expecting that he'd remember me. But he most certainly did. He asked about my family. He was a very kind man and he taught kindness by his example. May he rest in peace.
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