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ARUNDEL -- John Gholson Kittredge, 80, a resident of Arundel and formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, died peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after a long illness.
John was born on Dec. 17, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Robert L. and Elise Kupferschmid Kittredge. He graduated from Ashville School and Yale University, where he received both his BA Arch. and MA Arch. Before completing his education John served two years in the U.S. Army.
John practiced architecture in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1962 to 1975. During that period, he also taught architecture at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio from 1967 to 1969, and Miami University of Ohio from 1969 to 1975.
After moving to Maine in 1975, John became a general contractor, and was co-founder of the Trades Center Construction firm in Biddeford, where he designed and built numerous residential and commercial buildings in the southern Maine area from 1975 to 1990.
Active in the community, John was a member of the South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, where he sang in the choir and served the congregation in various capacities. John also enjoyed being a part of Rotary International, was an early member of River Tree Arts organization when it was formed in the early 1980s, served on the board of the former Salmon Falls School, and served on the Arundel Planning Board.
A lifelong advocate of community development, John supported various causes like United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Sustainable Harvest, and Oxfam.
John was predeceased by a brother, Robert Kittredge; and survived by a sister, Ann Kittredge Healy of Winnetka, Ill. Other survivors include his wife, Cornelia Nyce Kittredge of Arundel; his daughter, Marie Kittredge (Clark Broida) of Cleveland, Ohio, his sons, Fletcher Kittredge (Katie) of Biddeford, John Thomas Kittredge (Charles Morehead) of Cambridge, Mass., and David Kittredge (Elizabeth Hallett) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and his nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the South Congregational Church, 2 North St., Kennebunkport, with the Rev. Charles Whiston officiating. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made
in John's memory to:
The United Way of York County P.O. Box 727
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
or to Sustainable Harvest
P.O. Box 1447
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 15, 2013