Milton F. Farnsworth, 93: Man of service, many talents

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Milton F. Farnsworth, 93, of Cape Elizabeth, died Sept. 13 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough.

He was born in Jonesport on Nov. 3, 1918, to Clara Dunning and Lester Farnsworth. Farnsworth graduated from Jonesport High School in 1936 and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Williams. He received his pilot’s license in 1939 and was a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol.

During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps and served from 1943 to 1947. Upon his discharge, he became the service manager for Pine Motors. He then worked for Verrier Construction and Seaboard Engineering as captain of a 112-foot seagoing tugboat. He also performed hard-hat and scuba diving for underwater demolition. He rescued several men from the sea, and was awarded commendations from the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Farnsworth also worked for Commercial Welding for 17 years. While there, he helped dredge Portland Harbor and build Marine East Marina. Upon retirement, he started his own business, P&M Repair. Farnsworth received a 50-year pin from his Masonic Lodge, and was an active member of Kora Temple.

He was predeceased by his son, Dale Farnsworth, earlier this year.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; two children, Clarence Farnsworth and Paula Anton; three step-children, Holly Ready, Lydia Webber and Ted Gilfillan; grandchildren Mike, Elaine, Michelle, Kenny, Steve, Danny, Kathy and Kim; four step-grandchildren, John, Brendan, Wendy and Christian; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sept. 20 at the Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements are by the Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland.