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Life Story for Lawrence Charles Moffett

Lawrence Charles Moffett


Lawrence Charles Moffett, 76, left his earthly body with his family by his side on Saturday July 28th. He was born in Jonesport on April 21, 1942 and was the son of Charles Lawrence and Hilda Donovan Moffett. He graduated from Jonesport High School and attended Maine Maritime Academy. He received his Merchant Marine’s license in 1963 and was on the SS Point Barrow. He returned home to start work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft of Hartford, Connecticut as maintenance supervisor. Then he was employed by C.N. Flagg as project manager and built many power plants in Maine, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Locations such as the Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. While he was working on the Scott Paper Mill in Skowhegan, he saw the job opening for Manager of Construction and Maintenance for St. Regis Paper Company of the Northern Timberlands. He was overjoyed with the opportunity to return to Maine. It was here, he developed the back-hoe road building technique. This technique was so cost effective St. Regis sent him to many states to train and many thousands of miles of roads were built with this design. Word spread fast and Gov. Joseph Brennan and Attorney General James Tierney came to see. They awarded St. Regis the Commissioner’s Award for Leadership in Innovative Road Building. The American Pulpwood Association asked Larry to present his technique. They later thanked him for drawing the largest attendance they had ever had. The association also commended him on his outstanding safety record. Safety was very important to Larry and during his direction his crew achieved over 1 million hours without work time lost due to injury. He received the Joshua Chamberlain Award from the Maine Army National Guard for 19 years of support and assistance. He was also commended by the Maine Forestry Service for his exceptional efforts on limiting the acreage of forest fires. Honoring his time and dedication to the Maine Forestry, he was humbled to receive the Silver Axe that is seldom awarded to a civilian. Because of his cost saving design, the dam at Bog Brook Flowage was named in his honor, of which he was very proud. Somewhere along the way he earned the nickname “The Chief” which he was affectionately referred to often. Larry was a corporator of Machias Savings Bank, a member of the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church, an avid hunter, gardener, chef and woodworker. During his retirement he created many special gifts for so many that meant so much to him.

While Larry had a very strong work ethic, the accomplishments of his family was his greatest source of pride. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 55 years Sandra, Son Daniel and wife Melissa, daughter Katherine and husband James Johnston, daughter Melissa and Jeffrey Denbow, grandchildren Daniel and Mariah Moffett, Kyle and Chelsea Moffett, Neil Johnston, Malisa Johnston, Grace and Megan Preston, nieces Roxanne and Jimmy Dooda and family, Priscilla and Joey Pasquerella, Pamela and Arnie Camirie and family, Perry and Sally Smart and family, Harvey and Jean Dunning and family and his Aunt Clara Donovan. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Harriet Moffett LaPorte, sister Loretta Thomas and brother Arthur Palmer.

Larry had special relationships with cousins Stuart “Mace” Donovan, Dwight Smith and Linwood Davis and special friends Billy “The Stallion” Getchell, Billy “Cedar” Mallar, Billy Coffin, Frankie Gatcomb and many others too numerous to list. The family would also like to thank everyone that helped at a moments notice during his brief illness.

Visiting hours will be on Wednesday August 1st from 5 -7 at his home at 610 Mason Bay Road Jonesport. Celebration of his amazing life will be at 1PM on Thursday August 2nd at the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church in Jonesport, with Pastor Phyllis Merritt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lawrence Moffett Forestry and Engineering Scholarship at Machias Savings Bank attention Melissa Moffett PO Box 318 Machias, Maine 04654.
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