MILLINOCKET -- Theodore C. "Ted" Pavone, 89, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at a Millinocket hospital. He was born July 27, 1917, in Millinocket, the son of Anthony and Frances (DeBenedetto) Pavone.
Ted was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines as a member of Unit 409. After his time of service, he returned to Millinocket, where he met and eventually married Lydia Leino. They remained married for 58 years until her death in 1999. Ted worked for Great Northern Paper for 42 years, retiring in 1980. He loved his wife's cooking, especially Italian food. Ted was a faithful communicant of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Millinocket, and also belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of BPOE No. 1521, Millinocket; American Legion Post No. 80, Millinocket; and Francis Elliott Post No. 4154, VFW, Millinocket. In his younger years, Ted was very athletic and enjoyed boxing and playing semi-pro baseball and football. He continued his interest in sports and followed the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and boxing regularly. Ted had many friends and loved spending time with them and his family, playing pitch and going to his camp on South Twin. He was tough on the outside, but was soft on the inside with a heart of gold.
Ted is survived by a son, Theodore Carl "Teddy" Pavone of Millinocket; a sister-in-law, Barbara Leino of Millinocket; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ted will also be missed by a special friend, Carrie Sinnott, who was also his caregiver.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by four sisters: Doris, Serene, Connie and Thelma.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday at Bouchard-Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket, where the St. Martin's Council Knights of Columbus will conduct a prayer service 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 11, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 112 Maine Avenue, Millinocket, with the Rev. Joel Cyr, pastor, presider. Interment with military honors will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Ted may be sent to the Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field Street, Millinocket, ME 04462. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.