Col. Fleetwood Pride Jr.

Jun 03, 2012

BELFAST — Col. Fleetwood Pride Jr., USAF-retired, beloved husband of Marion J. Pride, died May 27, 2012. Born in Waterville on Oct. 21, 1922, he was the son of Fleetwood Albert Pride and Inez (Quigg) Pride of Abbot.

Fleetwood was a 1940 graduate of Guilford High School. He graduated with the class of 1944 with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine and in 1959 received his master's in education from Tufts University. He met his wife, Marion, in South Montville in 1940. They were married in 1947.

Col. Pride was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, the Maine Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force where he served with distinction for 36 years. His decorations include The Legion of Merit with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal with Eight Oak Leaf Clusters, WWII Victory Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. He was loved, supported and accompanied by Marion on many assignments as they raised their six children in stations as far afield as Germany, Alaska, California and Alabama. He served two tours in Vietnam.

In 1979 he retired from the Air Force, moving to Belfast where the Prides' lifetime involvement in their communities found a new home. Fleet served as chairman of the Belfast City Planning Board for several terms. He was a trustee of the Belfast Water District, chairman of the Board of Directors of WCCSA/WCAP for 20 years, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Waldo County YMCA. Fleet also served on the Board of Directors for the Military Officers Association of America. The Belfast United Methodist Church has played a major role in the Prides' lives where he served in such functions as lay leader and as a member of most church committees over the years. A service of which he was particularly proud was his tenure of over 30 years delivering Meals On Wheels with Marion throughout the Belfast community.

Fleet was a devoted and loving husband and father, and a steadfast friend to many. He shared his lifetime love of fishing and exploring the Maine woods, waters and wilderness with his friends and grandchildren. Fleet’s voice, his laugh, his long colorful stories and terrible jokes will be profoundly missed.

His parents, brothers Waldon and Roland, and sisters Lona Tower and Doris Emerson predeceased Fleet.

He is survived by his wife, Marion; children, Fleetwood Martin Pride and his partner Marilyn Larson, Ernest Pride and wife, Martha, Kenneth Pride and wife, Mary Beth, Marilyn Chapman and husband, Geoff, Laurel Buchmiller and husband, Gordon, and Joanne Ritchie and husband, Ian; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Belfast United Methodist Church, 14 Mill Lane, Belfast, ME 04915; the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, ME 04915; or Waldo County Home Health Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, with the Rev. Jinwoo Chun officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Pride family by visiting their book of memories at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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