Fred P. Trafton

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January 23,1926 – September 11, 2019

Jonesboro, Maine – Fred P. Trafton, 93, died peacefully with family on September 11, 2019.

Fred was born in Gardiner Maine, the son of Josephine (Smith) and Lorimer Trafton. He attended Maine Maritime Academy and was a graduate of Bentley College.  He served four years in the US Navy and was an officer.  After the war he lived in Massachusetts and began his career as an engineer specializing in metallurgy.  He worked for Bethlehem Steel in East Boston and then Reed and Prince in Worcester. Fred was passionate about nature and always had a productive garden of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  He moved to New Hampshire in 1977 and remained there until 1995.  Fred worked for Joy Manufacturing in Claremont, NH.  He lived in Acworth with his family on 100 acres of land that had old quarries, he carved out a section for sheep farming and began his lifelong love of Corgis.  In 1995 he followed his heart back to Maine and the ocean. In Jonesboro, on a beautiful spot on the ocean, Fred built a large garden, many flower beds and yearly expanded his berry bushes. He observed and encouraged all types of birds to visit the spot he had lovingly created. He tended numerous feeders, even climbed a ladder daily, well into his 90s to protect one from raccoons. He treasured his trips to Swan’s Island to visit family.  A past time that brought great pleasure was antiquing and the hunt for beach treasures. Fred volunteered for many years as a Senior Companion and served as Town Assessor. He has always been an avid Red Sox fan and fortunately got to witness the curse reversed. Above all Fred was a kind, compassionate gentleman.  He was truly a mainstay of our nation’s finest generation.

Fred is survived by his children Timothy J. Trafton of Swan’s Island and Dexter Maine, Margaret V. Trafton of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Sarah E. Trafton Anderson of Gardner, Massachusetts, Amy P. Trafton of Tremont Maine, Matthew M. Trafton of Princeton, Massachusetts and Fred (Prescott) P. Trafton of Acworth, New Hampshire; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his children Fred is survived by his brothers Lorimer (Doc) Trafton of Gardiner, Maine, and William (Jack) Trafton and his wife Kathleen of Boothbay, Maine.

Fred will be remembered fondly by his dear friend Ruth Nutell who now resides in Charlotte, Maine.

There will be an internment at the Fairbanks Cemetery in West Gardiner, Maine at 1:00 PM on Wednesday September 18, 2019.


2 Responses to Fred P. Trafton

  1. Mary Lemire says:

    Dear Sarah and Muffy,
    We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your dear dad. He was a great man who loved nature, animals, flowers and most of all his family. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Binky and Jim Lemire

  2. David Pritchard says:

    We were neighbors for years, and although we never really met, I feel like i knew Fred.
    One fond memory is playing catch outside as a child with my brother, and being able to listen to the Red Sox game that Mr. Trafton had on his radio while he gardened.
    Another memory is the massive flock of seagulls that would gather in anticipation of their daily feeding. Fred would disappear into a flock of seagulls once they saw him make his way out.
    I saw one lonely seagull on his roof the other morning, and it was a strikingly sad image.
    I’m very sorry for everyone’s loss, and I wish I had gotten to know Mr. Trafton, he seems like he was a wonderful man.

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