Horace Stanley Field, 101: "Around and around we go"

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YARMOUTH — Horace “Hockey” Stanley Field, 101, died on Feb. 9 after a brief illness at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.

He was born in Dexter on Nov. 1, 1910, and was the only child of Charlotte Wright and Stanley H. Field. As a child he spent summers at Capital Island, developing a love for the sea which carried throughout his life.

On June 14, 1941, he married Margaret Smith of North Anson and together they raised two children in Falmouth. She died on Feb. 27, 1959.

He graduated from Norman H. Fay High School in 1928 and Hebron Academy in 1931. Last year, Hebron Academy honored him for being their oldest surviving graduate. He went on to get his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in forestry and later became a registered forester.

Field began his career in 1935 when he began working for Shell Oil selling industrial oils. He moved on to operating Eastern Lumber Corp., and then changed to the trucking industry as a sales representative for over 50 years, ending his career at the age of 96 with Fowler’s Express.

After he retired he joined the Casco Bay YMCA and worked out with a trainer two times a week. At age 99 he began volunteering as the YMCA greeter; he took this role seriously and worked hard not to leave the door unattended.

Field always felt that idle time was his enemy, and “use it or lose it” was his motto. He spent winters with his children skiing at Pleasant Mountain and summers were spent boating in Boothbay Harbor. He served on the safety patrol for Pleasant Mountain, avidly skiing until age 88.

He was a lifetime member of the Cumberland Fair Farmers Club, serving on the executive board in charge of sponsorships and advertising. During the 2010 Cumberland Fair he was named the Grand Marshall, and oldest living member. The fair kept him close to his roots and the good old days of tending his gardens, roadside vegetable stand and raising champion Shropshire sheep with his son.

On Oct. 8, 1987 he married Patricia Raybould of Hillsborough, Calif. and together they relocated to Westport Island, where they lived for 19 years. He and Pat enjoyed many years of extensive travel throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. In 2000 they moved to Cumberland Center where he continued to develop new friends and enjoyed working on their property.

Field was an active member of the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, where he served as deacon for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia R.; daughter, Martha W. McDonald and her husband, John, of Grantham, N.H.; son, Dexter S. Field and his wife, Bernadette, of Cumberland; six grandchildren, Brett, Kimberly and Stephanie McDonald, David and Bryant Field, and Molly Orr; and six great grandchildren, Colby, Ashley, Sabrina, Liam, Calum, Duncan, Evelyn and Spencer.

Visiting hours will be held on Feb. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A celebration of life will be held on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. A reception will follow in the church hall. A private family interment will happen in the spring at Ferris Cemetery in Cumberland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Field’s name to the Casco Bay YMCA, Adaptive Services Program, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, ME 04032 or the North Yarmouth Congregational Church.

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