South Princeton – Orris Erman Seavey, 101, passed away peacefully at his home with his daughter Becky by his side. Having enjoyed a blessed and wonderful life of almost 102 years, Orris will now be joined with his loving wife Glennis who passed away in 2012.
Orris was born on April 23, 1915, to the late Ernest and Gertrude (Roberts) Seavey. He was one of 16 children.
Orris quit school at 8th grade to work in the woods with his father. Over the years he had many jobs, inspite of his disability of being shot in his right arm as a young adult and not having full use of his right hand due to the shooting. Orris worked in the shipyard in South Portland during WWII. He also worked as a mechanic and ran a number of gas stations in the Portland area. He eventually worked for the State of Maine, operating a power shovel. Before retiring, Orris was a welder for many years.
Orris married Glennis Cilley in April, 1978. They lived in Scarborough until moving to Princeton, where they built their home in South Princeton in 1987.
Orris had the honor of being the eldest citizen in the Town of Princeton, holding the Boston Cane from 2008 until his death. His favorite things he really enjoyed was playing Cribbage and shooting pool. He loved to drive his tractor and work in his garden. When Orris was unable to work in his garden, his son Glen built him a greenhouse. He spent a lot of his time working in the greenhouse planting his vegetables, especially tomatoes and cucumbers.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife Glennis Seavey; two sons, Alan and Glen Thornton; two brothers, Alton and Paul; and nine sisters, his twin Doris, Georgie, Eva, Dora, Cora, Ellen, Blanch, Edna and Marion. Surviving are two brothers, Neal Seavey and wife Shirley, and Howard “Pike” Seavey; sisters Eleanor Jean and Helen; four daughters, Beverly Bradley, Kelly Morton, Sheila Snow and fiancé Paul Blanchard, and Becky Thornton, who was also his personal caretaker; seven grandchildren, Scott Bradley and wife Lindsay, Traci McDonald and husband John, Devon McCormick and husband Jeremy, Jonathan Snow (U.S.M.C.), Kari Meillat and husband Guillaume, Emily Smith and husband Arron, and Caleb Wheaton; thirteen great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Emerson Cilley and Blin Cilley and wife Rachel; three sisters-in-law, Jean Bolduc and husband Dave, Joan Cilley and Joyce Morrison; and a special friend Becky Fielder.
Special thanks to Sally Johnson, Stephanie Seavey, Jamie Mulholland, E.I.M., Community Health & Counseling Services, and Hospice.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.