Paul W. Lash, obituary

Posted:  Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:30am

FRIENDSHIP – Paul W. Lash, 94, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Born in Friendship, June 4, 1923, he was the son of Robert and Levilda Newbert Lash. He attended Friendship schools.

At the age of 19, Paul joined the United States Army and fought in Italy during World War II, as part of the 45th Infantry Brigade Thunderbirds. Wounded while fighting for our country, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Upon returning from the war, Paul worked at Bath Iron Works and later for his brother Winfield Lash of Lash Brothers' Boat Yard.

In 1951, he married Lucille Newbert. They lived in California for three years, returning to Maine in 1954. In 1959, Paul and Lucille settled in Friendship, where they owned and operated Friendship Market until 1977.

After his retirement, Paul continued to work with his brother Douglas on carpentry projects. He enjoyed traveling, going fishing, and most of all, spending time with his family.

He was an active member of the Advent Christian Church of Friendship. In his younger days, when a project needed to be done, he would volunteer his help and expertise.

Other than his wife Lucille and his parents, Paul was pre-deceased by sisters, Eleanor Lash, Mary Wotton and her husband Alfred, Myra Maxcy and her husband Harlan; brothers, John and his wife Loretta, Austin, Winfield and his wife Barbara, Robert and his wife Katherine, Harold and his wife Elsie, Douglas; brothers-in-law, Benny Kaler and Robert Lane. Paul is survived by his son Stephen Lash and his wife Lorraine; his daughter, Karen Balser and her husband Tony all of Friendship; his grandchildren, Rachel Korenkiewicz and her husband Justin of Waldoboro, Sarah and Isaac Lash of Friendship, Hannah Rackliff and her husband Logan of St. George, Jennifer Pollert and her husband Taylor of Nashville, TN, Andrew Balser and his wife Cassie of Friendship; three great-grandsons, Eli, Zachary and Sammy Korenkiewicz of Waldoboro; a great-granddaughter Bailey Balser of Friendship; brothers, Howard Lash and his wife Lois, Philip and his wife Janice; sisters, Carolyn Kaler , Esther Lane all of Friendship; sisters-in-law Lucille Lash, Sally Clark and her husband Don all of Tucson, AZ; a special niece Linda Simmons, who took tender care of Paul; as well as many, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service with Military Honors, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Old Village Cemetery, Friendship. The Rev. Alan Chamberlin will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Advent Christian Church for World Missions at P.O. Box 9, Friendship, ME 04547.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. To share a memory or story with Paul's family, please visit their online Book of Memories at