Lawrence H. Catlin, 91

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HARPSWELL — Lawrence H. Catlin, 91, of Catlin Shore Road, died Oct.15 at Mid Coast Hospital.

Catlin was born in East Harpswell Feb. 27, 1922, the son of Stephen W. Catlin Jr. and Ida Miller.

He attended Harpswell and Brunswick schools. He later worked at Bath Iron Works as a chipper for 47 years, retiring in 1984. While at BIW he was known as the “Big Cat.” During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. In January 1952 he married Beatrice Goodenow, who died in June of 1975.

Catlin liked to be outdoors. He cut his own firewood, cut trees and milled them to build his house, and also built furniture. He enjoyed walking in the woods, gardening and helping his neighbors.

He was predeceased by his wife; sister, Alice Catlin; and two brothers, Walter and Alfred Catlin.

He is survived by a son, Lawrence Stephen Catlin and wife Nancy, of Wales; two daughters, Betty Lou Catlin, of Harpswell, and Pamela Ann Sewall and husband Ed, of Brunswick; sister, Florence Toothaker, of Freeport; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held Oct. 18 at Stetson’s Funeral Home, of Brunswick, where a funeral service was held Oct. 19. Interment with military honors followed at Maquoit Cemetery in Brunswick.

Donations in Catlin’s memory may be made to the Cundy’s Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, c/o Burr Taylor, 45 Taylor Road, Harpswell, ME 04079.

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