AUBURN - Richard O. Dawe, 93, of Auburn, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 6.

He was born November 17, 1919 in Calais, the son of Leo and Edith (Fenderson) Dawe. He graduated from Calais Academy in 1938 and Beal College in Bangor in 1940.

Richard served three-and-one-half years in the 354th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Air Force during World War II serving in England and Germany.

He was employed by Western Union Telegraph Company for 27 years and the Auburn School Department for 10 years.

He was an avid artist and painted landscapes and seascapes throughout the years. He loved painting murals, some as large as 5 by 20 feet. Several of his murals decorated the walls of Fairview School, as well as the Poland Spring Inn. He also taught art at Fairview School and gave private lessons in his home.

Richard was a member of the Court Street Baptist Church. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age, and looked forward to heaven. His strength was in the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 5:8: “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Dawe-Benton, and Nancy Dumont and her husband, Roger; two grandchildren Mary Dumont-Jones and Darren Dumont and his wife, Cynthia; as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Richard was predeceased by his wife, Frances in 1992.


Maguerrowock Stream by Richard Dawe

When breezes are soft,

And skies are fair,

I steal an hour,

from study and care,

And hide away,

In a woodland scene,

Where wanders a stream

With waters of green.

As is the bright fringe,

of herbs on its brink,

Had given a stain,

To the wave they drink,

And they whose meadows,

It murders through

Had given its name to its own fair hue.

Would I awake,

Someday and find it a dream

the hours I spent on

Maguerrowock Stream