VERNON “LIPPY” CUSHING

 Pembroke – Vernon “Lippy” Cushing, 81, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Calais Regional Hospital.  Vernon was born in Pembroke on March 6, 1934, son of the late Clarence and Hazel (Gove) Cushing.  He graduated from Pembroke High School, Class of 1951, and held various jobs until being drafted into the U.S. Army.  While home on leave after boot camp, Vernon married his sweetheart, Faye A. Cook.  He served his country as a mechanic stationed mostly in Korea.  Following his enlistment, Vernon returned home where he owned and operated a milk delivery business delivering milk from Humphries Dairy.  He eventually sold his business to Schoppee’s Dairy in Machias and started driving school bus for the Town of Pembroke, a position he held for over 20 years.  Vernon served as Selectman for the Town of Pembroke and was a member of Pembroke Trotting Assoc., Maine Harness Assoc., and a lifetime member of Denny’s River Sportsman Club.  He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed racing horses, salmon fishing, watching high school basketball, and going to Hollywood Slots.  In his younger years Vernon played baseball for the Quoddy League. 

 In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Laura Daggett and Norma Sears; and five brothers, Stanley, Donald, Merrill, Clayton, and Ralph.  Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Faye Cushing; two children, Ricky Cushing and fiancé Joanne Farley of Pembroke, and Michele Caruso and husband Chris of Corinth; four grandchildren, Corey Cushing and companion Victoria Overlock of Hermon, Jessa Cushing and companion Leon Smith of Pembroke, Cody Caruso and companion Taylor Robichaud of Corinth, and Tayla Caruso of Corinth; two sisters, Sandra Rodgers and companion Wayne Caldwell of Florida, and Carolyn Clement of Pembroke; sister-in-law, Brenda Cushing of Pembroke; brother-in-law, Edwin Berry and wife Margaret of Hudson; many nieces and nephews; dear friends Tammy Ramsdell, Bill Varney, Howard Calder, Bob Hinton, Merle Sprague, Ed Bartlett, Brenda and Wesley Brown, Anna Blackwood, Brenda Dojay, Stan Hartley and numerous other friends; and his “great-grand fur babies”, Gunner and Duke.

 

 A celebration of Vernon’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Iron Works Methodist Church, 38 Little Falls Rd., Pembroke.  Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com