Herman Dyer

Jan 13, 2021
Herman Dyer

Hyannis, Mass. — Herman “Red” Dyer 96, also of Belfast, passed away Dec. 19, 2020, from COVID-19 at his residence, the Pavilion Retirement Home, comforted in his final hours by the caregivers at the Pavilion.

He was born July 5, 1924, in Weymouth, Mass., to Raymond and Alice Dyer, both of whom predeceased him. Upon graduation from Framingham High School in 1942, Herman enlisted in the Navy Construction Battalion (SeaBees) and served in the European theater as a carpenter’s mate second class. He was discharged Feb. 16, 1946.

Herman married the former Theresa Catherine Kelley of Saxonville, Mass., April 7, 1947, Theresa passed away April 21, 2006. Together they had seven children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They initially lived in Framingham, Mass., before moving to Medway, Mass., in 1953 and later to Belfast in 1973. Herman continued his working career as a master carpenter with his father’s construction company and later joined Door Systems of Framingham, Mass., until his retirement in 1986. Years later, Herman worked driving disabled children and seniors around Waldo County, working into his late 80s.

Blessed with an engaging smile and a twinkle in his eyes, Herman was adventurous, enjoying flying light airplanes, riding and later racing motorcycles (on the 250CC GP Circuit) even blue water sailing. His hobbies included restoring vintage motorcycles, sports cars, woodworking, constructing model airplanes and stringed musical instruments.

Herman had a lifelong passion for classical music and was an avid reader right up to the time of his illness in December. As members of the American Legion, Herman’s daughter Catherine and husband Charles Tyer arranged for Herman’s inclusion in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Herman joked about his naval enlistment, which occurred just before his acceptance into the Army Air Corps, where he hoped to fly pursuit planes. His petition to the Navy Department to allow him to be discharged into the Army fell upon deaf ears, which probably prolonged his life.

Herman is survived by his daughters, Alice Wagner of Waldo and her husband, Tom; Dorothea Socea of Portland, Ore.; Patricia Dyer of Belfast; Catherine Tyer of Belfast and her husband, Charles; and Barbara Franklin of Maysville, Ga., and her husband, Geof; his son, John Dyer of Barnstable, Mass., and his wife, Nancy; daughter-in-law Sandi Dyer of Northport; granddaughter Saralynn Goetz of Kennebunk, her husband, Colin, and their child; grandsons Gabriel Leavitt of Portland, Ore., his wife, Constance, and their two children; Walter Wagner of Waldo, his wife Amanda, and their three children; David Vautour of Norwell, Mass., his wife, Kara, and their two children; and Patrick Dyer of Los Angeles.

He was predeceased by son Michael Dyer, formerly of Northport, who died in 2009, and grandson Alphonzo Thomas Wagner IV, formerly of Waldo, who died in 1998.

The family will plan a family celebration of Herman’s life for later in 2021.

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