NORTH ANSON -- Taavi Kaldro, 74, died July 31, 2012, at his home, with his family by his side. He was born in Tallinn, Estonia, on April 6, 1938, the son of Nicolai and Nadezda (Paivel) Kaldro. He married Mary Lou (Thorner) Kaldro, June 1956, in Boston.
He was a veteran serving in the Massachusetts Army National Guard from 1957 to 1963. Our Dad was an excellent tool and die maker for Polaroid. He excelled and took pride as a scuba diver for the South Shore Neptunes in Quincy, Mass., through the '60s and early '70s. He held the position as captain for the city of Quincy Civil Defense and Rescue Unit in the '60s. He was forced to give those up because of heart disease. Dad was very proud of his Estonian heritage and came to this country in March 1951 aboard the USS Harry Taylor, landing in New York Harbor. He had many stories of having to flee his home country of Estonia and living in displaced persons camps in Germany for six years. He was a wealth of knowledge, well-read, and a couple of his favorite poems are "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven." Dad had a unique sense of humor, to which all of you who had the pleasure of knowing him can attest.
He is survived by his two daughters, Cindy Dillon and husband, Jerry, of North Anson, and Karen Kaldro-Mattingly and husband, Fran, of North Anson; three sons, Steven Kaldro and wife, Kristi, of Sumter, S.C., Randy Kaldro of North Anson, and Michael Kaldro and wife, Janise, of Sanford; nine grandchildren, Matt, Jeremy, Corinna, Brandon, Maranda, Chris, Kasey, Schara and Deanna; two great-grandchildren, Oliver Dillon and Rylee Holbrook; a sister, Anna Kaldro, of Orange, Mass.; and Iggie, his African gray parrot, who learned his rich vocabulary from Dad. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou Kaldro; and a brother, George Kaldro.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.