Frederick L. Keniston, 77, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at a Bangor hospital, following a brief illness. Fred was born March 3, 1934 on Cape Jellison, in Stockton Springs, son of Jesse and Nellie Keniston.

Fred loved to drive trucks. He drove delivery trucks at a young age and eventually tractor trailer trucks for Merrill Transport, for 15 years, and Currier Trucking for nine years. He loved road trips and meeting new people. In addition to truck driving, he worked for Dixmont schools as a janitor and drove a school bus for Cyr Bus Line of Bangor and Belfast.

Fred is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Keniston; three sons, Blaine Keniston and his wife Shelly of Red Dear, Alberta, Canada, Stephen Sanford and his wife Ellen of Raymond, Fred Keniston Jr. and his wife Julie and their daughters Arielle, Jacqueline, Corinne and Rachel, all of Guilford; one daughter, Juanita Bowden and her husband Stephen, and their sons Shane, Trevor and Ashley Rawcliffe of Bucksport; two brothers, David Keniston and Joyce Tibbetts of Swanville, and Ivan Keniston of Searsport; three sisters, Gladys Warman, Caroline Moulton and Rose Tibbetts, all of Belfast; along with special nieces Karen Pidilla and her husband Alfred of California and Gloria Jean Cross of Abbot. He is also survived by special friends Ed and Marie Philbrook and Arthur and Clara Buzzell, all of Belfast, and his two beloved dogs, Penny and Ginger, who he always spoiled with candy.

Besides his parents, Fred was predeceased by one son, Timothy, in 1964; beloved grandson, Little Stevie; and granddaughter, Libby; one brother, Albert Keniston; and three sisters, Mae Hayward, Gertrude Primiterre and Evelyn Bryant.

Many thanks to Dr. Rydell and the ICU staff of St. Joseph Hospital for their kindness and excellent care.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at Silver Lake Cemetery, Silver Lake Road Bucksport with Pastor Peter Remick officiating.

Memorial contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.