FAIRFIELD - Lawrence Francis Bishop, 84, of Fairfield, passed away Aug. 24 after a long battle with heart disease, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Fairfield, on August 17, 1930, the son of Thomas E. and Margaret Ware Bishop. He graduated from Lawrence High School, class of 1949. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, achieving rank of Staff Sargent during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, he went to work for Keyes Fibre (Hutamaki) in Data Processing, met and married his wife, Nancy Gurney and they had 3 wonderful children.
He also worked for C. F. Hathaway Co. (Warnaco) as a Systems Analyst, and managed the Winslow Drive-In during the summer for many years.
He turned a life-time woodworking hobby into forming his own company, The Colonial Keeping Room, and made beautiful pieces of furniture to sell through his mail-order catalog and retail shop in Fairfield Center. His woodworking career was shortened by a severe stroke, but he still managed to build furniture for his children and grandchildren, retiring six years ago.
The one passion he so enjoyed following his stroke, was volunteering for 12 years at in-patient and out-patient rehab at MaineGeneral, Seton and Thayer campuses.
He was an honorary lifetime member, and third degree Knights of Columbus, belonging to Council 148 in Waterville for many years. He later transferred to Council 11303 in Fairfield. He was a member of Fairfield Kiwanis, and served as President.
Larry and his wife, Nancy, enjoyed taking "field trips" around Maine the past several years to enjoy its scenic beauty and historic sites. They both enjoyed history and traveled to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia most every year since 1965, their favorite vacation place.
Larry will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Nancy of 57 years; son, Andrew Bishop and wife, Melody; daughters, Karen Bishop, and Anne Harris and her husband, Dennis. Always a family man, he so loved to be surrounded by his four grandchildren, Brittany, Amber, Ethan, and Anita; and great-grandchildren, Leara, Keegan, Kristen, and Christopher, and great-great-grandchildren, Ayden and Jayvyn; sister, Gloria Bishop; and sisters-in-law, Catherine Gurney and Albertine Bishop; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Ware Bishop; brother, Bernard Bishop; and sister, Theresa Davis.
There will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 28, at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, Silver Street, Waterville, where he and Nancy were married. A private burial will be held at a later date at the Maine Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at: www.lawrybrothers.com.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.