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Alden Adams LongfellowApril 27, 1926 ~ September 18, 2017 (age 91)
Alden Adams Longfellow, 91, went to be with his Savior on September 18, 2017, surrounded by his family at his Farmingdale home. Born in Farmingdale, Maine on April 27, 1926, to Lester W. and Emma Jack Longfellow, Alden was the fifth of six children.
After graduating from high school, Alden worked at the Penney Farm in Belgrade until he was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 18½. He was stationed in the Philippines in WW II. Shortly after returning home from military service, Alden took notice of a beautiful young woman singing in the church choir. That beautiful woman, Esther Gladys Benner, became his beloved bride and partner for life on October 8, 1949.
Alden was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1981. He always worked hard to provide for his family, for much of his life working his full-time job and several part-time jobs to support his growing family of seven children.
From his youth, Alden worked with his family raising and selling crops, including apples, gladiolus, and pansies. Alden and Esther and their children raised fresh produce to sell locally. Their agricultural enterprise developed into a vibrant greenhouse and florist business. Alden made deliveries of seedlings and greenhouse crops throughout Maine, establishing lasting friendships with those he met.
He was very involved in community groups, including the Manchester Grange, the Odd Fellows, the Hall-Dale school board, the Farmingdale Fire Department, the Masons, the Farmingdale planning board, and he was especially skilled at organizing public dinners for the groups of which he was a part. After raising his family attending the Old South Congregational Church, Alden most recently attended the First Baptist Church in Hallowell.
Alden was generous to the core. He always seemed to know exactly the right time to show up with help not only for his family but for countless others in the community, providing kindness and generosity without fanfare.
Alden undertook everything with a positive attitude and faced every challenge with a "we were here first", can-do approach. He taught by example that family is fiercely and forever loyal to one another and that we work together to tackle any project or challenge. So very proud of his family, he always saw the best in each and did everything he could to help each succeed.
He is predeceased by his parents and by his siblings: Arlene Maxwell Jordan, Ruth Bruce, Lawrence Longfellow, Esther Marie Longfellow, and Ellen Mae Longfellow.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years and an abundance of offspring which Alden often described as "the best crop we ever raised": his children: Nancy Gervais, Alden R. Longfellow, Judy Longfellow, James Longfellow, Walter Longfellow, Jane Gilbert, and William Longfellow; his sons- and daughters-in law: Paul Gervais, Kim Longfellow, Tammy Longfellow, Pamela Longfellow, Joel Gilbert, and Heather Longfellow; 27 grandchildren: Ben, Kelly, Becky, Cindy, Michael, Kristy, Joy, Kate, Dan, Jason, Jessica, Jeremy, Emily, Brad, Luke, Jacob, Hailey, Andy, Caleb, Heather, Steven, Konnor, Samuel, John, Joe, Bryce, and Charlotte; 28 great-grandchildren with three more on the way; and Doreen Stevenson, Nana to most of the family. The entire gathering of Alden and Esther's family totaled 80 people.
He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mavis Longfellow and Ellen Whalen; and his brothers-in-law Fred Benner and his wife Eleanor, and Warren Benner and his wife Rosanne; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
Visiting hours will be Monday, September 25, 2017, from 4-7pm at Staples Funeral Home on Brunswick Avenue in Gardiner. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 2pm at Penney Memorial Church in Augusta, followed immediately by a time of fellowship and sharing, and then a committal service at the Carter Cemetery on the Litchfield Road in Farmingdale.