Fred R. Doliber

Jan 06, 2020
Fred Doliber

Searsport — Fred R. Doliber Jr., 92 years old, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2020, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after being transferred from Springbrook Long Term Care in Westbrook. It was time.

Fred was born in Searsport, one of seven children of Gagie (Howard) Doliber and Fred R. Doliber Sr., Nov. 20, 1927. On Oct. 14, 1948, upon his return from his tour in the Navy, he married Althea M Clark.

They lived in Stockton Springs for few years and moved to Searsport, where they lived and raised their family on Norris Street for more than 55 years.

He was most proud of his military service. Fred served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Wilke DE 800 and in the Mediterranean Sea on the USS Fiske DD 842. Upon returning to civilian life, he served in the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard and finally in the Naval Reserve SeaBee NMCB 27, retiring at grade E6 with more than 35 years of service. During his military career he received the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with three stars, World War II Victory Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He was an expert rifleman and attended many service schools and received numerous awards.

Fred was a member of the USS Fiske DD842 Association, a lifetime member of American Legion Post 43 in Belfast and the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 156.

Fred was a skilled automotive mechanic, working at Bangor Motors during his early years. The cars he owned, including English Fords, Henry J, Corvair and several VWs, showed his automotive skills. He also had two repair shops that he opened, one as part owner in Stockton Springs, and his own shop in Searsport, as well as Fred’s Small Engine Repair from his garage at home.

Fred, as a Doliber, of course lobstered and clammed throughout his life. Fred finished his working career at Hamilton Marine in Searsport. He spoke fondly of the people and the time he worked there.

Fred was predeceased by his parents and by his wife of 70 years, Althea M. Doliber, and two brothers, Kelly and Henry Doliber. He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Doliber of Searsport, Priscilla Sanborn and husband Robert of Searsport, Harriet Seekins and husband James Browning of Oak Island, N.C., and Linda McKenney and husband Harold of Stockton Springs. He is also survived by his son, Fred B. Doliber, and wife Carmen of Arundel; and a daughter, Karen E. Doliber, of Saco; as well as a granddaughter, step-grandchildren and seven step-great-granddaughters; and also by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at noon Friday, Jan. 10, until the time of service at 1  p.m. at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough. To make a gift by mail, send your check, made out to Maine Veterans’ Homes, to 460 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.

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