COLUMBIA FALLS – Vance (Papa) Davis Pineo Sr., while being showered with double kisses and hugs and lots of love from his family, passed into the arms of Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at his home in his beloved Town of Columbia Falls. Vance started his earthly journey in an old farmhouse nestled in the woods of South Addison which he always loved to point out to us on our way down to visit his Grammy Davis on Sunday afternoons.
Vance was born on February 24, 1942, the fourth child of Norris Higgins Pineo and Margaret Davis (Pineo) Guptill. He lived on the Neck in South Addison until he was four years old, after which he moved to Columbia Falls to live the rest of his life. After graduation from Columbia Falls High School, he worked for Pineo Lumber Company, followed by Bartlett Engineering Company and then finally the State of Maine as a highway engineer for 32 years, retiring in 1993 to turn his attention to the blueberry land. He married the love of his life, Hilary Ann, on October 19, 1963. He enjoyed serving his community as the Chairman of the School Board of SAD #37, a selectman of his town, and Administrative Chairman of the United Methodist Church. He was a Mason and belonged to the Knights of Pythias. He enjoyed flying his own plane and was a certified scuba diver. People often stopped by to marvel at his amazingly perfect wood piles and beautifully kept garden, from which he derived great pleasure delivering vegetables throughout the community. He was also known for his daily trek to the post office with his faithful companion, his Westie Ariel, who predeceased him on September 21, 2016 and we’re sure was waiting anxiously to greet Papa.
Left to cherish his memory is Hilary, his faithful and loving wife of 54 years; his adored children and grandchildren, Sharon and her husband Rob McKay, and their children Riley, Quinn and Regan McKay; Stacey Dorr and her children, Krystal and Roman Jordan and son Drew, Ren and Maryssa Dorr, and Ethan Dorr and Kaley Barrett; Vance Jr. and Bonnie Pineo, and their children, Hayden and Lydia Pineo, who provided loving care to her Papa throughout the last several months.
He is also survived by his sister, Lita Bagley, her children Nancy Bagley, Michael (Marla) Bagley, Merton (Deb) Bagley, and Lynn (John) Lyford; sister-in-law Karen (Drisko) Pineo, her children, Troy (Barbara) Pineo, Todd (Laura) Pineo, Tara (Mark) Severance, and Toby (Alecia) Pineo; brother Marvin and Velma Pineo, their children Stephanie (Stephen) Seeley, Steven (Robin) Pineo, and Shelley (Jamie) Roberts; brother-in-law Jim Pottle and son Emerson; brother-in-law Omer and Lou Ann Norton, their children, Ann, Shelley and Corey Norton; sister-in-law Bonnie and Eddie Guptill, their children Amy (Shane) Emerson, Rick (Leslie) Guptill and Rhonda (Paris) Hammond, and many great-nieces and nephews. He will be missed by the post office morning crew, as well as many dear friends.
Vance was predeceased by his parents, brother Larry Pineo, brother-in-law Merton Bagley, brother-in-law Anthony Norton, great-nephew Camron Roberts, and Krystal, Ren and Ethan’s father Ikey Dorr.
When asked what he wanted to be remembered for, he replied “Honesty and integrity.” He is a deeply loved Papa and will always and forever be missed. In lieu of flowers, if so wished, donations may be made in Vance’s memory to his favorite organization of which he became a recipient, a hospice of your choice, which allowed us to take care of him at home where he was most comfortable.
Visiting hours will be on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home at 47 Main Street, Milbridge. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the United Methodist Church, Church Hill Circle, Columbia Falls at 4 p.m. A reception will follow immediately at the Wreaths Across America Building in Columbia Falls. A private interment will take place at a later date.