NORTH YARMOUTH- Albert E. Allen, 83, of North Yarmouth, died Dec. 7 after an extended illness.
He was born and raised in Harpswell, a son of Spencer and Gladys (Corbett) Allen. After graduating from Brunswick High School Allen joined the Navy. After serving for four years, he worked with his father on several carpentry projects, one of which was building the local Brunswick favorite, Fat Boys restaurant. Shortly after, he started his career with New England Telephone Company, which spanned more than 35 years.
In 1957 he married Vivian Morin of Yarmouth. After he retired from the phone company, Allen and his wife owned and operated Elena’s Restaurant in Yarmouth for several years. Throughout his retirement Allen dabbled in real estate, and could be found at auctions and yard sales searching for bargains. He took great joy in repairing slightly worn or broken furniture, and turned this into another business “Treasure Allen,” where he would sell his handiwork. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 91 and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, both in Yarmouth.
Allen always went to work early, so he could be home in the evening with his family. Weekends were spent at their camp, where the family could relax and have fun. Allen especially liked to tease and play practical jokes on family members. Later in life, Friday morning breakfast with his daughters at Bernie’s was the highlight of his week, as well as Sunday morning breakfast at Toddy Brook with family and friends. Allen was very resourceful and was always thinking of ways to fix things or improvise to make life easier.
Allen was predeceased by his wife of nearly 45 years.
He is survived by his sister, Ruth, of Harpswell; his daughters, Debbie, of Clayton, North Carolina, Cindy and Sandy, both of North Yarmouth; several grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, Teagan; and his longtime companion, Ginny Anderson of Brunswick.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beacon Hospice, First Light Home Care and Coastal Manor for their dedicated care.
Visiting hours will be held Dec. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, with a reception immediately following in the church hall. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery, 78 Smith St.,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Yarmouth Rescue, 10 Village Square Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or Hillcrest Cemetery Association, c/o treasurer, 74 Lookout Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079.