Volunteering to save our heritage

In October 2003 Arthur Pease and Bruce Johnson struggle with a heavy grave Marker that had been knocked down by vandals. They had worked in the cemetery as children and have eight generations of family buried there.

Arthur recently made his final trip home, taking with him the knowledge of those eight generations. He is now singing and playing the guitar with his wife, sister and brother who preceded him. Happy memories are retained by those of us who remain earth bound. During our recent trip to celebrate his journey home, we decided to have breakfast at his daily eating hole, Phil’s Variety and Grille. Once people realized who we were they came over and shared many happy memories about him and his dog Bear. Those same people even went to check on him when he didn’t arrive for breakfast like he usually did. A caring and gentle man who helped everyone was looked after by the community he lived in. How many places do you see with that closeness to each other?


Here is Arthur’s obituary, mistakes and all from the Sun Journal July 8, 2012:


Arthur L Pease


He was born in Richmond on Dec.17, 1932, the son of Charles and Irene Hutchins Pease. Arthur attended Monmouth schools and he then enlisted in the US Air Force.


He was a self-employed for many years; he had owned a couple of garages in town and at one time owned a trading post on 202 in North Monmouth. Arthur enjoyed working on cars, eating his three meals a day at Phil’s Variety in North Monmouth and just really enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends. He was a member of Monmouth American Legion Post N. 204.


Arthur is survived by his children, Shelia Lyons of New York, Brenda Woods of Ohio, Karl Pease and his wife, Cindy, of Monmouth and Linda Bellegante of Alabama; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister Mary Bipoetro and her husband, John, of Vermont; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Allen; and his dog Bear.


He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Joan, in 2007; a brother, Freddie; a sister Shirley Sterns; and his dog Lady.


Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at:



The mistakes I noticed in the obituary include: his daughter Linda was not from Alabama, but currently staying in Mississippi; his sister, Mary’s, last name is Dipietro; and his sister, Shirley’s last name is spelt Stearns.




Arthur’s memory card reads the same as the obituary in the Sun Journal, except it starts with; “Arthur L. Pease, 79, a resident of Packard Road, Monmouth died unexpectedly at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta on Friday July 6, 2012.” It gives the words for the song “Taps,” and list the funeral and service information.




In Memory Of


Arthur L. Pease


Date and Place of Birth


December 17, 1932


Richmond, Maine


Date and Place of Death


July 6, 2012


Augusta, Maine


Time and Place of Service


11:00 AM Monday July 9, 2012


Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home


707 Main Street


Monmouth, Maine




Rev. Peter Mars




Monmouth Ridge Cemetery


Cemetery Road


Monmouth, Maine


Arrangements by


Bragdon-Finley Funeral Home


707 Main Street


PO Box 188


Monmouth, Maine




Rest in Peace, Arthur.



The link below is to the names of those buried in the Wales, Maine cemeteries, that Arthur and Bruce helped repair after they were vandalized.



Jorney home with love

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