PITTSFIELD -- Frank B. "Bud" Homstead of Pittsfield passed away on July 11, 2009, just short of his 94th birthday. He was born in Palmyra on July 23, 1915, the son of Frank Lang Homstead and Mantie Holt Homstead. He attended schools in Corinna and Pittsfield, graduating from Maine Central Institute in 1935.
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In 1937 he married Pathena "Tina" Barton of Benton. He worked in a grocery store in Pittsfield until 1939 when he and his wife moved to North Anson to become the owners and operators of a general store. After 13 years they sold the business and moved back to Pittsfield. In 1953 he and his wife opened a small grocery store in Newport. In 1955 they opened the first self-service supermarket in the whole region. After several expansions and opening new stores they retired and sold their stores in Pittsfield, Newport and Dexter. Those stores are now owned and operated by their son, Dean Homstead.
He was a Past Master and 50-year member of the Northern Star Lodge No. 28, A.F. & A.M. in North Anson. He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Bangor, The Valley of Portland, 32 degree, the Anah Temple, The Royal Order of Jesters, the Billikens Club of Pinealas County, Fla., and member and Past Patron of the Mt. Bigelow Chapter OES. He had also been a member and Past President of the Pittsfield Kiwanis, a Director of the former Newport Trust Company, Depositors Trust Company of Bangor, a corporator of the Waterville Savings Bank and had been a Director of the Sebasticook Valley Hospital. Bud had strong feelings for Maine Central Institute where he had been a board member, a Trustee Emeriti and Member of the Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Tina Homstead; his daughter, Sandra Cote of Pittsfield; son, James Homstead and wife, Marcia, of Augusta; son, Dean Homstead of Pittsfield; granddaughter, Kathy Cote Ray and husband, Frank, of Somerville, Mass.; great grandson, Frankie Ray of Somerville, Mass.; grandson, Kurt Cote and his fiancé, Kate Brogan of So. Portland; granddaughter, Lindsay Homstead McGriff and husband, Ryan, of Charlotte, N.C.; step grandchildren, Patti and David LeVesque of Augusta. He is also survived by a special nephew, Ralph Damren of Old Town; special cousins, Dorothy Bradford of Winslow, Sally and Jerry Withee of Palmyra, and Eleanor Baker of Waterville, nieces; Linda Bickford of Pittsfield, Nancy Crocker of Exeter, Joy Higgins, Debora Brooks, and Joan Porter; nephew, Wayne Harris of Augusta; a very close friend, Rick Lynds of Pittsfield and many other wonderful friends and relatives.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved his family above all else. He was so appreciative and proud of his family's commitment to care for him and keep him home during his illness. He commented three days before he passed how nice it was to have the whole family at home just to care for him. He had a tremendous memory and shared numerous stories of his family, his friends, his experiences, and adventures. He loved to hunt and fish and be in the outdoors. It was a privilege and honor for his family to have had him as part of their lives. They will sorely miss him.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Avenue Pittsfield. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at the funeral home with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating. Interment will immediately follow at the Village Cemetery, Peltoma Ave., Pittsfield. A gathering will follow the committal service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Maine Central Institute, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967, in his honor.
To sign an online guestbook and leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care for the Homstead family has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
Published in Morning Sentinel on July 13, 2009