Obituary: Floyd Evans Whitmore

Floyd Evans Whitmore

SKOWHEGAN – Floyd Evans Whitmore, 83, died peacefully with his daughters by his side on March 9, 2022 in Skowhegan. Floyd is survived by his daughters, Kimberley Knox-Lawrence and husband Norman “Ziggy” of Albion; Darlene Whitmore of Ellington, Conn.; Pamela Collins and her husband Stephen de Cornville; his son Dennis Nelbach and his wife Cindy of Puyallup, Wash.; his grandchildren Justin Knox, Nike Whitmore, Stephen Michaud Jr., Travis and Tasha Nelbach; his great-grandchildren Avery Whitmore and Stephen Michaud III; his sister Gladys Cyr; and her best friend Rita Chaykowsky from Norridgewock. He was predeceased by his wife Joani Whitmore; parents Solomon “Dyke” and Adalaid Whitmore; the brothers Forest and Sydney Whitmore; sisters Della Rowell, Beulah Sidell, Dorothy Harrington, Helen Smith, Beatrice Cyr, Rosilla Chouteau, Dolly Butler and Mary Lou Brice. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends who will be missed. Floyd was born on March 19, 1938 in Caribou. He grew up working on his father’s potato farms in Aroostook County. He entered the US Air Force in 1955 and was stationed at Amarillo AFB in Texas, Tachikawa AFB in Japan, and Griffiss and Sampson AFB in New York. After his service, he completed the UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program and became a licensed plumber, working for Local 777 and worked in Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts , Michigan, Florida and California. He held plumbing and heating licenses in Connecticut and Maine. During his professional career, he taught plumbing and heating in Danbury, Connecticut, earned a realtor’s license while living in New Mexico, owned a plumbing and heating business in Connecticut and, after moving to Norridgewock, Maine, he and his wife bought an old Victorian house in downtown Norridgewock which he renovated and she decorated into the beautiful and successful Norridgewock Colonial Inn that they ran together until 1995. He also renovated the adjacent Carriage House into apartments where he lived until 2018. He set up Norridgewock Plumbing and Heating as well and ran it until his retirement at age 78 years old. As a resident of Norridgewock, Floyd was at one time president of the chamber of commerce, and he proudly hosted an annual Christmas event in the town which included Santa and Mrs Claus arriving by plane at the local airport in front of a crowd of children, having a parade through the town and events throughout the day, including a non-denominational ice cream candlelight service in the evening at a local church. He loved to make people happy by bringing them together as a community. He also enjoyed hunting and taking trips to the Kittery Trading Post with his friend Tim Soucy, and more recently had a successful moose hunt with his friend Buzzy Jelley who is the son of his wonderful pastor friend Ralph Jelley. Floyd most enjoyed organizing events that included people coming together to worship the Lord. He and his wife Joani had a music ministry in the 1970s (before his death in 1975), which included a local monthly variety show and singing at various churches, prisons and events across the Northeast. He led Joani’s singing ministry which led to them recording two gospel albums. Floyd furthered this ministry throughout his life by encouraging people in many ways, giving Joani’s CD to someone he felt needed to hear the gospel through music. He has volunteered for various organizations such as the VA Togus Medical Center in Augusta, the American Red Cross in Maine where he traveled to New Orleans to help victims of Katrina, volunteered at a hospice and visited various nursing homes such as Cedar Ridge Center, spending time with locals. He probably touched many people we don’t know he met because of his outgoing personality, finding out their life story and encouraging them. He has supported various churches and retired pastors through his tithing. Floyd loved to travel and see new places. He was known to have taken many, many “emotional” holidays throughout his life with his family, meeting many lifelong friends until he finally settled in Norridgewock in the 1980s. illness, he had begun to write a book of stories about his life experience and dreamed of testifying again in the churches of how much he loved Jesus and what God had done for him and could do for you. He loved his children and raised his daughters to serve and love the Lord, which was the greatest gift he gave them. A celebration of his life service is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10 a.m., at Norridgewock Baptist Church, 22 Main St, Norridgewock, Maine 04957 with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Roland and Faith Tracy, Floyd’s niece and nephew who pastor Hartford Full Gospel Church in Connecticut, and his friend VA chaplain Kenneth Hellmer will officiate. All are invited to attend and celebrate Floyd’s life. The family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Ridge Center and Beacon Hospice for caring for our father during his illness and Gary and Melissa Mann for all their kindness during this time. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project: http://www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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