Grant W. Worthing, 92: Veteran also served his community for decades

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SCARBOROUGH — Grant Whitman Worthing, 92, died at Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough on Feb. 19.

Worthing was born in South Portland on April 8, 1922, the son of Victor Linwood Melville Worthing and Phyllis Irene Thomas Worthing. He was educated in South Portland schools, and graduated from South Portland High School in 1940.

During World War II, Worthing served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. During the Korean War, he repeated his service, as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1952.

Worthing’s service extended to his community. For nearly three decades, he was a member of Scarborough Fire & Rescue, holding positions as captain, Fire Department commissioner and fire police officer. He was also a member of the Lions Club for 50 years, volunteered with Little League, and participated in the Scarborough Library Building Committee.

Worthing was employed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. for 40 years in the local plumbing, heating and hardware departments.

He greatly enjoyed his retirement, which was filled with family activities, travel and home projects. He also was an avid golfer and an active member of the Willowdale Golf Club, where he shot a 77 at the age of 77.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Maureen C. Austin Worthing. Siblings who predeceased him were Arnold Worthing, Joyce Chadbourne and Thomas Worthing.

Survivors include his four sons, Craig A. Worthing, of Portland, and former wife, Sarah, Mark H. Worthing and wife, Rita, of Brunswick, Scott T. Worthing and wife, Vicki, of Brunswick, and Barry G. Worthing and wife, Laura, of Portland; grandchildren Erin, Baxter, Meghann, Daniel, Katie, Eric and Cara; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Janice Beety, of Scarborough.

Visiting hours and a funeral were held Feb. 24 at Hobbs Funeral Home, in Scarborough.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grant W. Worthing Scholarship, c/o Scarborough Fire Department, 246 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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