William D. Mayo Jr., 83: 'Papa' helped sustain family trucking business

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PORTLAND — William D. Mayo Jr., 83, of Portland, died unexpectedly at his home on Feb. 3.

He was born in Portland, the son of William D. Mayo Sr. and Anna C. (Pedersen) Mayo. He attended Portland schools.

At age 17, after the death of his father, Mayo and his brother Kenneth, 15, went to work to keep the family trucking business alive, and their efforts helped provide for the remaining family members. William eventually went on to work as a truck driver for Eastern Construction, and participated in the building of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. He was employed by B.D. Stearns Meats from 1957-1980, and then worked for J.J. Nissen Baking Co. until his retirement in 1996. 

Mayo’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. In his youth, he enjoyed hunting and ice fishing with his father, brother and uncles; as an adult, he enjoyed camping with his wife and children, and was always there to cheer for his kids at sports events. He was always happy to share stories about his own childhood and his family history, and loved sharing lunches with his sisters Elaine and Karen and their husbands.

That joy continued when Mayo became a grandfather, known as “Papa.” All three of his grandchildren were a great source of pride, and he loved to tell them stories and play checkers with them.

Mayo was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Rosalind (Foote); his parents, William and Anna; his sister, Stella; and his brother, Kenneth.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Dyer and husband, Howard, of Freeport; his two sons, Douglas Mayo and wife, Lydia, of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Scott Mayo and wife, Jennifer, of Belgrade; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Nicholas and Mackenzie Mayo, all of Belgrade; his sisters, Elaine Lawrence and husband, Harry, and Karen Sawyer and husband, Ray; and many nieces and nephews.

The Mayo family would like to thank the Morin and Currier families for their friendship and support over the past 45 years.

Friends and family were invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 4-7 p.m., at A.T. Hutchins Funeral & Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland. A funeral was scheduled to be held there on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mayo’s memory can be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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