John James Oliver, 61: Special Olympian, big Dallas Cowboys fan

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NEWCASTLE — John James Oliver Jr., 61 died Jan. 13 at Cove’s Edge Nursing home in Damariscotta following complications from pneumonia.

Born on Nov. 19, 1950 in Massachusetts, he was the son of John Sr. and Margaret (Hodgdon) Oliver. For many years he lived in Wiscasset with his mother and became close friends with their neighbor, Lorrie Blake, and her daughters Krissi and Michelle.

Oliver was a member of the Mobius community for many years, loving his various jobs at Lincoln Academy, Walk and Feed, and Salt Bay Framers. He was also a member of the Special Olympics for many years and earned several medals.

He was a passionate fan of the Dallas Cowboys and for his 50th birthday he went to Philadelphia to see them play and to watch the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

He loved taking vacations and traveled to many places including Niagara Falls, Las Cruces, N.M., Disney World, Savannah, Ga. and, his favorite trip, to the Dallas Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Another favorite trip was to Washington D.C., where he visited the many memorials and museums and his favorite destination there, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he brought home his “big money,” a sheet of 16 $1 bills that the Frame Shop framed for him and he hung on the wall of his room.

He loved the American flag which still flies, along with the Maine state flag and the Dallas Cowboys flag, at his home. Oliver also loved chop suey, Diet Pepsi and his favorite hot drink, tea.

Oliver was predeceased by his parents. He leaves behind many friends who lovingly remmber his crow and turkey imitations, and his nicknames for his friends.

He is survived by his special friends Lucille, Fred and Lorna Lothrup, Christina Rawson, Nate Allen, Lorrie Blake, Krissi Ivy, Michelle Doucette and his many friends in the Mobius Community.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. A gathering will follow at Mobius, 319 Main St., Damariscotta. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery in Wiscasett in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Mobius, Inc., 319 Main St., Damariscotta, ME 04543.