PARSONSFIELD -- Jose W. Fenderson, 98, of Parsonsfield, died on Jan. 20, 2013, at the Newton Center in Sanford after a short illness.
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He was born in Portland on March 30, 1914, the son of Frank D. and Laura (Jose) Fenderson. Mr. Fenderson graduated from Hebron Academy as the valedictorian of the class of 1933. He was a 1937 graduate of Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. He attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, N.Y., for two years then left to join the Navy.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from October of 1940 until his discharge in October 1945 with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
He served as a lawyer apprentice with the firm of Titcomb and Siddall in Sanford and passed the Maine Bar exam in 1941. He practiced law with Titcomb and Siddall which later became Titcomb Fenderson and Titcomb.
He was a member of the Drummond Lodge #118 AF & AM in Parsonsfield since 1944. He was the holder of the Boston Post Cane for the town of Parsonsfield signifying that he was that community's oldest living resident.
Although survived by no close relatives, he is survived by his longtime friend and caregiver, Raymond Roy of Parsonsfield.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Riverside Cemetery in Cornish. Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. Condolences can be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 24, 2013