Arthur R. “Ron” “old man” Dodge Sr., 73, died peacefully Jan. 29, 2010, with loved ones at his side after a year-long battle with colon cancer. He was born Sept. 20, 1936, in Camden, a son of Lord and Lillian (Yattew) Dodge.

Ron worked at Knox Mill, Green Island Fish Plant, and Marriner’s Paving. He was a foreman at W. H. Shirtlift Company for 20 years, where he was a part of the union. He served on the volunteer Rockport Fire Department. In his later years he also cut wiping rags for area businesses. Ron had a buy-and-sell shop and helped out at Town Line and Rockland Redemption Centers.

The kids remember how he always wanted to have cookouts when they were growing up. He also enjoyed attending auctions with his grandson, playing poker games at his brother’s house, and going to the camp for cookouts. Ron always looked forward to going to yard sales and getting good deals. He also enjoyed talking to his birds and loved his dog, Scooby “Boo-Boo”.

He watched “The Price is Right” daily, while drinking a beer, and also liked watching “The Golden Girls.” He enjoyed visiting his friends, Jim Bogg and Helen Nielson. He enjoyed his shaves and talks with the volunteers from Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice and was grateful for all their help and that of the staff at Pen Bay Hospital. He touched the hearts of many and will be sadly missed by all.

Ron was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Virginia Scott; three brothers, Earl “Bubby” Dodge, Leroy Dodge and Harold Dodge; daughter, Kathleen Dodge; grandson, Nicholas Davis; and friends, Bob and Art.

Survivors include his partner of 25 years, Roberta Morgan; five children, Annette Robbins and her husband, Jerry, of Montville, Arthur Dodge Jr. and his wife, Sherry, of Lincolnville, Tim Dodge and his wife, Pam, of Rockland, April Turnbull and her husband, Paul, of Plait, S.D., and Priscilla Davis of Rockport; a stepson, Robert Morgan, of Augusta; two brothers, Charlie Dodge Sr. and Howard Bassett; 13 grandchildren, Chris Collins, Katie, Jesse, Justin and Miranda Dodge, Krystal, T.J. and Michael Dodge, Angel Jones, Christopher and Paul Davis and Nathan and Brandon Morgan; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way; several nieces, nephews and extended family in Chelsea; special friends Jim Bogg, Helen Nielson and Rodney Morgan.

Memorial services will be held in the spring. Burial will be at Amesbury Hill Cemetery in Rockport.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841 or to Roberta Morgan, P.O. Box 803, Rockport, ME 04856.

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