Fred B. Webster, 84: Well-known innkeeper served Yarmouth and his country

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YARMOUTH — Fred B. Webster, 84, died April 14, with his wife, Colleen, and dog, Charlie, by his side.

He was born July 30, 1930, in Portland, the son of Fred B. Webster Sr. and Doris Preston Webster.

He attended Deering High School and graduated from Hebron Academy. He then attended Williams College and spent two years at the University of New Hampshire’s hotel management program.

In 1948, Webster’s National Guard unit was activated and sent to Tripoli, Libya, and he served there as part of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Afterward, he returned to Maine and worked for the John C. Paige Co. and for Dow & Pinkham Insurance. He was also co-owner of Webster and Goddard Insurance from 1974-1990.

Webster married Colleen McKinley Slayton in 1967. Together, they began managing Homewood Inn, which Webster’s parents had established in the 1940s. The inn was known as a picturesque Maine destination that drew guests from throughout the world, and three generations of Websters worked to maintain that reputation. During the winters, Fred and Colleen pursued their passion for travel, journeying around the globe.

After Homewood Inn closed, Webster volunteered at Service Corps of Retired Executives, known as SCORE, and appraised antiques for Cyr Auction Co. His love of Casco Bay led him to spend much time with family and friends on his boat, the Captain Drinkwater. He also greatly enjoyed camping and fishing with his grandchildren.

In his free time, Webster contributed to his community, serving as part of the Yarmouth Zoning Board, the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations.

Webster was predeceased by his parents; his son, Jeff; and his sister, Patricia.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughter, Sally Webster; daughter, Julie Frank and husband, Andy; daughter, Shirley and husband, Dick; daughter-in-law, Lisa; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service was held April 25 at Homewood Village in Yarmouth.

The family requests that instead of flowers, donations be sent to Lifestages VNA Hospice, which supported Webster over the last two years. Contributions may be sent to the VNA Development Office, P.O. Box 679, Portland, ME 04101-9804.

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