PORTLAND — Malcolm “Macky” Durwood Toothaker, 96, of Portland, died April 13.
Born in East Madrid on April 9, 1919, to Fred and Angie (Pease) Toothaker, he attended schools in Phillips and graduated from Phillips High School in 1939. During high school, Malcom and and his twin brother, Maurice Toothaker, were championship track runners, winning at local meets and in competitions in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
During World War II, Malcom, an avid gardener, once picked 530 pounds of beans in a single day to help feed the families of soldiers overseas.
Toothaker worked as a lumberman for several years, as well as a machinist and carpenter. As a mason, he also built many stone walls in Franklin County and in Portland, completing his last one at age 82.
Toothaker served as a member of the Maine Home Guard, was a 55 year-member of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 67 of Phillips, and was active in the Phillips Congregational Church. He also served as president director of the Shadagee senior housing development and as chairman of Phillips Senior Citizens.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, exploring his wood lots and searching for stones that he would use in his walls. He also played a great hand of cards with family and friends.
Toothaker married Beverley Greenleaf of Auburn on Dec. 4, 1953. Together, they hosted family and friends for many years at their cottage in Madrid and at their son’s home in Freeport. They also enjoyed cruising and traveling. Toothaker greatly enjoyed attending the games and performances of his grandchildren and later, his great-granddaughter.
Toothaker was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Doris Williamson, of Orid, New York; his twin brother, Maurice “Monty” Toothaker; and his half-brothers, Maurice B. Toothaker and Roger Welts.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly; daughter, Sonya T. Wilkins, of South Portland; son, Randall T. Scott, of South Portland; son, Crandall K. Toothaker and life partner, Frank Cloutier, of Portland; grandson, Tyson Wilkins and partner, Monica Swan, of South Portland; grandson, Troy Wilkins, of South Portland; great-granddaughter, Taja Wilkins, of South Portland; close friend Kenneth Wilkins and sister-in-law, Laura Toothaker, both of Phillips; brother-in- law, Wesley Williamson, of Chesire, Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Theresa Greenleaf, of Auburn; and many nieces, nephews and special friends.
The extended family wishes to express their thanks to VNA Hospice and all those who helped care for Toothaker.
A funeral was held April 16 at Hobbs Funeral Home, in South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Toothaker’s name to Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Road, Farmington, ME 04938.