Pleem Ensel Jewett, 94: Navy veteran, enjoyed working on family farm

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Pleem Ensel Jewett, 94, died at his home March 26, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 5, 1919, in North Yarmouth, to Ralph and Laura Jewett.

Jewett attended North Yarmouth schools and started working in the Civilian Conservation Corp which provided jobs for young men who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression. He then joined U.S. Navy on Sept. 16, 1942, along with his five brothers, and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was a member and past commander of the American Legion Post No. 83 John Arthur Stowell.

Jewett operated several markets in the Freeport, Pownal, New Gloucester and Casco areas. He also worked for Freeport Shoe Company for a period of time then changed career paths and joined the Carpenter Union No. 517, which he retired from in 1984.

He was married to his beloved wife, Florence Jewett, for 67 years before she predeceased him in 2011. They made their home on the Jewett farm on Elmwood Road in Pownal where they raised their children. He loved to work on his farm and was proud of the home he built with his own hands.

He maintained a working farm for many years and always looked forward to the haying season with help from his family. He enjoyed working on the farm equipment with his son, Harvey up until his death, and often rode on his land in his golf cart.

He enjoyed the family camp on Highland Lake in Windham, hunting, horse racing, and farming his land. He was a successful hunter who in his later years enjoyed watching the wildlife out his kitchen window.

He is survived by his sister, Roberta Young, of Gray; sons, Terry Jewett and wife, Brenda, of Freeport, and Harvey Jewett and companion, Cheryl McMahon, of Durham; daughters, Nancy Ruest and husband, Les, of Pownal, Sheila Day and husband, Sonny, of Pittston, Lori Valliere, of Poland; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and a large extended family.

He was predeceased by his parents; siblings Joy, Noah, Euan, Osborn, Verena, Homer, Ellery, Byron, Conan, Orville and Royce; son, Frank Jewett; and son-in-law, David Valliere.

The family wishes to thank CHANS Hospice Care in Brunswick for their caring support.

Visitation was held March 31 at Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth, followed by a memorial service. A reception was held immediately after at the Durham Amvet’s Hall. Interment will be held at a later date this spring in Walnut Hill Cemetery, North Yarmouth. 

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