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TOPSHAM — Stanley A. Ellsworth, 85, died July 23 at the Bodwell House in Brunswick.
He was born March 18, 1929, in Farmington, the son of Harry and Vina Ellsworth.
Ellsworth attended the Little Red Schoolhouse in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1947. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and masters’s degrees from Michigan State and Syracuse universities. At the University of Maine, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Following his education, Ellsworth worked as a researcher with the Lederle Laboratories division of American Cyanamid Co. He later taught high school chemistry and physics, and operated his family’s dairy farm in Farmington. He also served as a Franklin County soil conservation director and member of the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
After retiring from farming, he and his wife moved to New Harbor and wintered in Spring Hill, Florida.
Ellsworth enjoyed gardening, “tinkering,” playing his clarinet and being with family and friends. He was an active member and deacon of the United Baptist Church in Topsham.
He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Earl.
Ellsworth is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret, of Topsham; son Timothy and his wife, Melissa, of Topsham; daughter Laura Jo, of Raymond; son Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, of Brooklin; and grandchildren Kayte Morris, Samuel Morris, Kristen Ellsworth, William Wing, Sibyl Cunningham, Nolan Ellsworth, Isobel Cunningham, Walker Ellsworth and Jackie Ellsworth.
A celebration of Ellsworth’s life was held July 28 at the United Baptist Church in Topsham. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, c/o Chairperson Susan M. Small, 10 Bellaire Road, South Portland, ME 04106.