AUGUSTA (TOGUS) -- Patrick George Diters, 60, of Mechanic Falls, died on May 3, 2013, at the VA Medical Center Hospice after a courageous and painful battle with cancer.
He was born in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 5, 1952, to George and Gladys (Humphrey) Diters. He grew up in Canton, Conn., and attended Canton schools, graduating in 1970. He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard
for four years. Patrick married the love of his life, Mary E. Holt, on April 21, 1984. They were best buddies for over 29 years.
Patrick loved his bees, and his dogs, Rocky, Tess and Wendall and his cat, Sweetpea. He was an outdoor kind of guy and a true nature lover. Most days you could find him out in the yard, mowing, gardening, and tending his bees.
He worked for Scott Dugas Excavating Inc. on and off for many years.
He was predeceased by his father; and brother Grady. Survivors include his wife Mary and his mother Gladys of Mechanic Falls; stepson Henry L. Foss and his wife Lynn; grandchildren, Henry, Jessica and Nathan of Shelton, Conn.; cousins, Mark Diters and family of Canton, Conn., Meg Englestrom and family of Alaska, Charles Diters and family of Alaska, Margaret and James Hall and family of Granby, the Jean and Robert Humphrey and family of Canton, Conn., Edith Hungerford and family of Austin, Texas; his Maine family, Anthony and Deb Holt of Portland, Stephen and Patricia Holt Billey of Auburn, Christopher Holt and Denise DeRice of Portland, John A. Holt of Denver, Colo.; and many devoted nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind special friends, Carl and Kim Zils of Trescott, Tim Griffin of Phippsburg, and (Sarah) Jean Ferguson of Whitefield.
A period of visitation for Patrick will be held this Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m., at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. Care for Patrick has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland.
A special thank you to all the wonderful Nurses and CNAS in 3 South 200, and the Hospice Unit of the V.A. Medical Center; whose loving diligence kept him comfortable and happy.
In lieu of flowers Patrick's family suggests donations be made to:
The Salvation Army of Maine
67 Park St.
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
Funeral Home & Cremation Service