Earl S. Laidlaw
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SOUTH PARIS -- Earl S. Laidlaw, of Norway, passed away peacefully at the Maine Veteran's Home in South Paris on July 25, 2014, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Known to many as 'Bill,' Earl was born to Earl Chester and Alfreda (Small) Laidlaw on Sept. 11, 1929, in Oak Bluffs, Mass. Raised in Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard Island he later moved to Portland. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952 as a weatherman and military policeman. After graduating from the Portland School of Law he became Chief Deputy Clerk of the United States District Court of Maine and subsequently Clerk of the United States District Court from 1974 to 1977. Earl then moved to Norway, where he continued to practice law at Dow's Law Office until his retirement in 2008. He was a lifelong Mason.
Earl achieved his childhood dream of flying in 1991 when he obtained his private pilot license.
He is survived by five children, Eric Laidlaw and his wife Aesook of Norway, Schonen Wing and her husband Marland of Westbrook, Morgen Silver and her husband Gregory of Phillips, Kristopher Laidlaw of Chicago and Sarah Benn and her husband Shawn of Westbrook. He leaves behind 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest son Karl Laidlaw of Norway; and his great-grandson Kobe Huynh of Auburn.
A celebration of Earl's life will be held on Thursday, July 31, at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main St., South Paris. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Donations can be made
in Earl's memory to The Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine
and Friends of Feral Felines.
Earl S. Laidlaw
Weston-Chandler Funeral Home
45 Main St.
S. Paris, ME 04281
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on July 29, 2014