CARIBOU – Clarence B. Dow Jr. went home to be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, March 12, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Caribou, the son of Clarence B. Dow Sr. and Gladys (Hathaway) Dow. He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Wilma (Cox) Dow, who was his partner in every area of his life. He also leaves behind two sons and one daughter, Bob Dow of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Dr. Jeffrey Dow and his wife, Rezeda, of Benton and Sharon Williams and her husband, Miles “Rick,” of Caribou. His pride and joy were his eight grandchildren, Jessica Dow-Pickard and her husband, Stephen, of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Jeremy Williams and his wife, Andrea, of Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Dow of Brooklyn, N.Y., Christopher Dow of Benton, Mandy (Williams) Kilcollins and her husband, Chris, of Caribou, Jonathan Dow of Benton, Darick Williams of Caribou and Sofia Dow of Benton. “Big Cheese” was loved by his great-granddaughter, Emma Kilcollins of Caribou. He is survived by one brother and one sister, Freeman Dow and his wife, Susan, of Caribou and Eldora Corriveau of Caribou. He was predeceased by one brother, Ainslie Dow. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. Clarence was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He began his business career at Caribou Radio and Electronics. He started Dealers Radio and TV, where he repaired television sets and small appliances. He had a master electrician license and a motion picture operator license. He ran movie projectors at the old Rudy Theater, Fort Fairfield Paramount and Borderline Drive-In. He built the first private microwave system in Maine to bring the Bangor television stations to the County. He built cable television systems in Fort Fairfield, Caribou, Presque Isle and Loring Air Force Base. He later built and owned the cable system in Van Buren, as well as 13 other towns in Maine. He built WDHP radio, the first 100,000 watt FM radio station in the County and later acquired WFST radio. Clarence owned Muzak franchises in 13 of the 16 counties in Maine. He started the ninth Radio Shack franchise ever built at the corner of Sweden Street and Main Street, which later moved and became one of the original stores in the Downtown Mall. He also operated Rainbow Books, Crafts and Gifts and Rainbow Printing in the Downtown Mall. Clarence served on the Caribou city council and held the office of deputy mayor. He was president of both Caribou Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation. He served on the board of Aroostook Mental Health Center from 1973 to 1993, serving as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president; and was, at the time of his death, president of Facilities Inc., a post he had held since its inception in 1991. He was a board member and treasurer of Cable Television Association of America. He was chosen as Caribou’s Citizen of the Year in 1981. He was a member of Caribou United Baptist Church, where he served his Lord as head usher and Sunday school teacher. He went on a missionary trip to Fiji in November 1999 and was awarded an honorary Degree of Divinity from Fiji Bible College. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou. A service to celebrate Clarence’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Caribou United Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Caribou United Baptist Church, 16 High St., Caribou, ME 04736 or to A Certain Sound, P.O. Box 899, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Friends may express their condolences to the family at www.lancastermorgan.com.