John Middleton

John Lee Middleton Jr.

Friday, September 25th, 1925 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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John L Middleton Jr., beloved widower to Marjorie Middleton passed from life March 21, 2020. He is survived by four sons, John, Andrew, David, and Thomas and 5 grandchildren. Born in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1925. John attended the Belmont Hill School in his youth and was drafted into the U. S. Air Corps in 1944. John attended and graduated from Amherst College majoring in Physics. Working as an engineer in the fields of vacuum technology and unusual environment measurement devices for most of his career, he developed and constructed devices used in the Apollo lunar landers. John was a Boy Scout Leader for 7 years in Lexington Massachusetts and earned a Presidential Physical Fitness Award for bicycling. After his retirement, he spent several years as a volunteer at the Museum of Science, Boston.
He loved sailing, downhill skiing, birdwatching, kayaking, and bowling in his leisure and won a Massachusetts Seniors State Bowling Championship. John was an aficionado of things related to rail transit and was an active member, guide and trustee of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine and several model railroad groups in Massachusetts and Maine. John was also a host docent on the Downeaster and active in that role to the last. His body will be given to UNE’s medical school for research. The family suggests kindness toward one another as a tribute to his life.

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Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME.
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Eileen Lavallee

Posted at 09:03am
"Tad" and Margie attended our wedding in May of 1988. I have very fond memories visiting them in Kennebunkport circa 1998 and Tad hosting us and our then 3 year old son at the Trolley Museum. We are sad to hear of Tad's passing.

Eileen (Doherty) Lavallee
Leonard and Margaret's youngest daughter

Nancy Meehan

Posted at 10:40pm
I am so sorry to hear about Tad he was a wonderful man I thought a lot of both he and Marge I enjoyed my many talks with them over the years they were both very interesting people
Sending my deepest Condolences to David and his brothers
Nancy Meehan

Merrilee Paul (50 Local)

Posted at 09:48am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Merrilee Paul

Posted at 09:45am
I am so saddened to learn of Mr. Middleton's passing. I feel lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a true gentleman. Our condolences to his family, sending love & light. We will miss him dearly. Much love, Merrilee Paul & all his friends at 50 Local.

Brendan Tirrell

Posted at 10:37am
I knew John from the Highwood Barn, where I spent a lot of time cleaning trolley cars. He would give me rides in his Toyota and he shared a cupcake with me on his 94th birthday last September. Whenever we saw each other at the the museum we would say hi, and he would give me a hug. He was so nice to me - he will be missed. I really liked John.
Colonel B Tirrell

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