Robert N. Stailing, 83: Former Sagadohoc sheriff, BIW pipe fitter

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WEST BATH — Robert N. Stailing, 83, died July 25 at Miles Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  

On March 13, 1927, he was born in Strong, a son of William E. and Gladys Stailing and attended schools in Bath, Freeport and South Portland.  

In 1944 he joined the U.S. Navy at age 17, and served in the Philippines and Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1948.

On May 31, 1951 he married Marilyn L. Longley.

From 1951 to 1959 he was a police officer in Bath. He spent five years as a pipe fitter at Bath Iron Works before he returned to law enforcement in 1964. For 12 years he served as the Sagadahoc Sheriff and later on as police chief in Richmond from 1976 to 1979. He returned to Bath Iron Works in 1979, where  he spent the last 11 years of his career working as a pipe fitter.

He was predeceased by his wife Marilyn, a son, Kenneth, his brother Carl and his sister Lillian Ayer.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Stailing of West Bath and Michael Stailing of Damariscotta; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.  
Memorial donations may be made to Bath Fire Department or to the Morse High School Boosters club.

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