Princeton – Lee Alvah Phelps, 85, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Calais Regional Hospital. Lee was born in Calais on March 15, 1935, son of Donald and Virginia (Rideout) Phelps.
Lee attended school in Princeton and at the age of 13 started working in the woods with his father. He worked for Georgia Pacific, Thomas DeCinzo, and Murray LaPlant & Sons until he started his own businesses, Lee Phelps & Sons Inc., Princeton Mobile Station, and the Topsfield General Store. He also had the plowing contract for Princeton and Indian Township. On May 1, 1954, Lee married his love, Margaret Thornton.
Lee was active in his community. He served in the Army National Guard and was a member of Lewy’s Island Lodge #138 in Princeton, Royal Arch, Hugh de Payens Commandery #15 Knights Templar, and the Anah Temple Shrine, as well as the Waite Snowmobile Club, and the Princeton Rod & Gun Club. Lee was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling, and was a Ford enthusiast. Lee was known for his strong work ethic and his passion and love for his family.
In addition to his parents, Lee was predeceased by a great-grandson, Ray “Matthew” Sockabasin; and three brothers, Kenneth, Donald and Rodney. Surviving are his beloved wife of 66 years, Margaret Phelps; three sons, Alvah Phelps of Princeton, Robert Phelps and wife Betty of Topsfield, and Glendon Phelps and wife Linda of Princeton; eleven grandchildren, Myke, Jason, Nathan, Amanda, Angela, Patrick, Samantha, Shain, Shawn, Ryan and Jalen; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; his sister Helen Dwelley of Grand Lake Stream; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion Bella.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the CHCS Hospice Care, and the nurses and staff at Calais Regional Hospital for their outstanding comfort and care provided to Lee and his family.
Visiting hours will be held 2 – 4 Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. CDC guidelines such as masks and social distancing are required for all attendees.