ROCKLAND — Arnold Marcellus Esancy, 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 in his residence at Bartlett Woods.
Born in Rockland, May 5, 1929, to Burleigh Marcellus Freeman and Gertrude Augusta (Wentworth) Esancy, he was one of ten children and was educated in local schools, graduating from Union High School in 1947.
While in high school he worked as a general laborer, general store clerk, and a truck driver.
Following high school Arnold enlisted in the US Air Force and was trained as an Aircraft Machinist serving at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul IL, and the former Presque Isle Air Force Base here in Maine.
Following his service in the Air Force, he worked for Hyde Windlass Company in Bath as a machine operator on horizontal and vertical milling machines and vertical boring machines. Using his G.I. Bill benefits, Arnold
took mechanical drafting courses at the former Feener Technical School in Boston, MA and was employed as a Machinist by Sylvania Electric Company in Salem, MA before becoming a drafting trainee at General Electric
in Lynn, MA. It was at General Electric where he became a Detail Draftsman in the tool and die section of the small aircraft jet engine division.
After moving back to Midcoast Maine, he worked for Bicknell Manufacturing as a Toolmaker and then for Marine Colloids Inc. on various production and maintenance machinist assignments.
In 1962, Arnold started employment with the Sylvania Electric Company in Waldoboro as a Machinist and then as a Design Draftsman, coordinating all drafting operations for the plant. He would retire from there in 1985
On July 26, 1958 he married the former Gladys M. Wuori and together with her son, William Leppanen, they would live in Waldoboro, Rockland, and Owls Head.
For 15 years, he and Gladys also enjoyed spending their time between Florida and their camp in Hope.
He had been a member of the Waldoboro Methodist Church, the Waldoboro Lions Club, the Finn-Am Society in South Thomaston, the Mid-Coast Writer’s Round Table, and for more than 30 years, volunteered his services
to the Knox, Lincoln Soil Conservation District.
Besides his family, some of the things he also enjoyed in life were, shuffleboard, genealogy, writing, camping, woodworking, antique automobiles, and gardening.
Predeceased by his parents, his wife Gladys, and seven of his brothers and sisters, he is survived by his step-son William Leppanen and his wife Nancy of Owls Head; his brother Lloyd Esancy of Warwick RI; his sister
Winola Sinclair of Natick MA.; his step-grandson Eric Leppanen and wife Linda of Belfast; two step-great-grandchildren, Zepherin and Brogan Leppanen.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Bartlett Woods for making it his home for the past eight years.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the East Union Cemetery, Miller Road, Union.
In lieu of flowers, Arnold would have preferred you donate to the home healthcare company that provided him help and comfort in his final days, Beacon Hospice, with checks made payable to Amedisys Co., 289 State St.,
Suite B, Bangor ME, 04401.
To share a memory or condolence with Arnold’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. Rockland.