PALERMO — Robert Walter Pottle, 86, passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Waterville.

Robert was born in Palermo June 2, 1935, the son of Robert G. and Esther (Reed) Pottle. He attended Erskine Academy and worked for the family firewood business and in the blueberry fields for Medomak Canning Co.

Robert enjoyed life. He was happy to visit with his neighbors, to sit with his cat, or to watch the turkeys on his lawn. Never one to complain, his carefree attitude could be summed up in one of his quotes, “Just forget about it!”

Whether sitting at his kitchen table, taking a ride to the coast, or treating someone to a meal at the diner, Robert was a storyteller. He loved to tell stories about growing up in North Palermo. Complete with sound effects, these stories were told with humor and excitement and the occasional table slap! He told about his brothers’ shenanigans while attending the one-room schoolhouse, about the early winter mornings hauling firewood out of the woods with workhorses, and about his time burning blueberry fields and working on his parents’ blueberry crew.

His memory for names, places, and details was unmatched as he shared stories about his experiences and about his community throughout the years. When he wasn’t telling a story, Robert loved to read stories. He read the newspaper from cover to cover each day and was fascinated by local events.

He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Gerald and Norman Pottle. He is survived by his brother Neal Pottle and wife Theresa; sister-in-law Yvonne, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. A burial at Smith Cemetery in Palermo will be held in the spring.

Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting

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