Percy C. Humphrey, 95, the oldest resident of the town of Brooks, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, in Belfast.

He was born in Washburn Aug. 6, 1914, the son of William Humphrey and Violet (Sperry) Humphrey. He moved to Brooks as a young man, where he met and married his wife of 73 years, Eliza (Lanphier) Humphrey, who survives him.

Percy and Eliza began their married life during the years of the Great Depression. They spent the first winter of their marriage in a logging camp in northern Maine and were very proud of the amount of money they managed to accumulate during that winter. They later bought a farm in Brooks and became part of the new poultry industry in Waldo County.

He was a 50-year member of the Brooks Masonic Lodge, holder of the Boston Post Cane for the town of Brooks, a former member of the Brooks Planning Board and a former member of Harvest Valley Snowmobile Club. Percy will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, his love of his family and friends, his great gardening talents and his skill at the card table.

In addition to his wife, Eliza, he is survived by five children, Arthur Humphrey and his wife Susan, of Brooks, Phyllis Humphrey Gaul and her husband, David, of Searsport, Helen Humphrey Marden and her husband, Ashbury, of Brooks, Geraldine Humphrey Wood of York, Pa., and Dr. Dennis Humphrey of Brookline, Mass; an older sister, Marjorie West, of Newport, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Wallace C. Humphrey, and a daughter, Althea Humphrey Turner.

Private family services will be held at a later date. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Brooks Ambulance Squad, c/o Theona “Pony” Stubbs, 870 Back Brooks Road, Monroe, ME 04951.

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