Obituary: Lawrence Merrill Newth Jr. – Press Herald

12June 2020

Lawrence Merrill Newth Jr.

AUGUSTA– Lawrence Merrill Newth Jr., 75, of Mechanic Falls passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the VA Medical Facility at Togus after a worthy battle with cancer. He was born in Portland on Nov. 12, 1944, the kid of Dr. Lawrence M. and Mildred Wood Newth.He finished from Bridgton High School in 1963. He went to the University of Maine in Orono till his senior year, when he was prepared into the Army and happily served in Vietnam as a surveyor in the jungles.Larry is predeceased by his moms and dads; and his sister-in-law, Nina Newth. As a happy Veteran, Larry belonged to the following organizations, The American Legion Post 86 in Gray, working as Commander for 2 years. When he and Maggie transferred to Mechanic Falls, Larry signed up with The American Legion Post 150. He was likewise a life member of the V.F.W. Post 1603 in Auburn and a member of the AMVETS Post 2 in Yarmouth. Larry was likewise a 22 year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles # 4131 in New Gloucester and was an active member of the National Kidney Foundation for many years. Larry spent most of his life in the life insurance industry collecting many certifications and licenses. He is a past President of The Maine Association of Life Underwriters. When he retired from insurance coverage sales, he was similarly effective selling appliances, initially for Sears in Lewiston, then for Lowe’s in Auburn. When Larry “retired” again, he got bored and went to work in the Deli Dept at Hannaford in Oxford. It was a task he genuinely took pleasure in. The very best part was seeing old friends from Bridgton and Harrison that shopped there. Two of Larry’s fondest memories were training his children little league and senior league baseball teams, and camping every summer season in Harrison. Larry’s long-lasting hobby was music, particularly singing, which started at a young age with sibling, Mark. They would sing Everly Brothers songs together in front of a mirror. Mark fondly recalls trips they made together to Portland in the 1950s to buy 45s and feels his love of music to this day was due to the fact that of Larry’s impact. Later, Larry sang with The Maine Steiner’s in college and played in a folk group, The Portlighters. They became popular enough to end up being regular guests on a couple of regional tv programs. Their appeal grew to the degree that they opened for acts appearing at the Portland Town Hall, such as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Christy Minstrels, The Kingsmen, and two times for the Beach Boys. Larry joined the Presque Island Evergreen Statesmen Chapter of the Barbershop Consistency Society in 1970. When he moved south to Yarmouth, he signed up with the Portland Downeaster’s Chapter where he held numerous management positions, coached quartets, and influenced over 2 lots men to sign up with the pastime. He was an accomplished arranger and teller of numerous stories at Pat’s Pizza in Yarmouth after chapter practice sessions on Monday nights. After relocating to Florida, Larry signed up with the Heralds of Consistency and the All Florida Singers. He sang in many competitive quartets and choruses over the past 50 years. His quartets consist of Port City 4, Moonlighters, Unusual Suspects, On the Go, and The Maine Difference. He sang in his first international contest with the Heralds of Harmony in Pittsburgh, Pa.After returning to Maine, he competed for a second time at Internationals, likewise in Pittsburg, with the Downeaster’s. His third time competing at internationals remained in Orlando, Fla. in 2018 with the Downeaster’s. It was made more unique to him because he shared the phase with among his sons. He was honored to get a Bachelor of Barbershop Consistency in 1992 and 1999, as well as receiving honors from the Northeast District of the Barbershop Consistency Society for his service to the district in 2019. Larry arranged numerous celebrations for hair salon events in addition to assisting with the organization of Division and District competitions with his dear buddy, Marshall Wagner. Larry is endured by Maggie, his loving partner of 26 years; his brother, Dr. Mark Newth of Kansas; his children, Lawrence M. Newth III and partner, Kelly of New York City, Philip Newth and wife, Tracie of Midcoast Maine, stepdaughter, Sudiek Lester of Auburn; grandchildren, Alex Newth, Abby Newth, Owen Newth, Delaney Newth, Allyson Newcomb and other half Dillon, Denali Neptune, Nephew Josh Newth; numerous buddies, Glenn and Diane Walton; and cousins, Don and Christine Petrie, and Susan Dudley-Holden and partner Don. Solutions will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 26 W. Dwinal St., Mechanic Falls. Online acknowledgements may be shown his household at http://www.chandlerfunerals.com

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