CHERRYFIELD and ZEPHYRHILLS, FLA. – Clayton H. “Buddy” Gay, Jr. 82, went to be with the Lord at a hospice home in Florida on Aug. 8, 2004. He was born in Jonesboro, Jan. 28, 1922, the son of Clayton and Lena Gay. Buddy was educated in Calais then moved to Cherryfield his senior year of high school where he graduated from Cherryfield Academy. He attended UMO where he studied agriculture and engineering. In 1936, his father bought a farm in Cherryfield and together they turned it into a large dairy farm. Buddy continued the dairy business until 1983 when a fire burned the milking parlor, putting the dairy out of business. After his father died in 1955, Buddy added a large poultry operation to the farm. Other businesses Buddy had was a milk route in surrounding towns along with selling firewood, logging, balsam tipping, harvesting blueberries, and haying. Buddy was a farmer and an outdoorsman at heart, who loved growing vegetables and fruit trees, hunting and fishing, and was a Maine guide for 36 years, guiding hunters from NJ and Pennsylvania, in the Maine woods. He was well known as a storyteller. While in his 80’s, and with limited mobility, he became a computer enthusiast where he compiled and published his stories in a book, titled Downeast Adventures. He has always been quite active in politics at a local, state, and national level. He served as a selectman in Cherryfield, and was appointed by Governor Edmund Muskie to serve as County Commissioner in the middle 1950’s. Buddy continued to work for education in the State of Maine by serving on the following committees: He was Treasurer of the Building Committee for the Cherryfield Elementary School, and he served as Chairman of the Building Committee for Narraguagus High School. His children attended both schools. He also suggested the design of the dome at Narraguagus H.S. and his name, along with others, are on a plaque that hangs in the hallway at the school. Other services to the community he served in was as Representative of Washington County on the State School Board Association, where he chaired the Resolutions Committee, Representative to the State of Maine on the National School Board, and served on the Governors Council on Education. Besides education, he also supported many farmer organizations by serving, as chairperson of the ASCS, was an active member in the NFO, served for several years as President of the Washington and Hancock County Farm Bureau where he represented them on a state level. He helped make many fishermen eligible for insurance through a membership in the Farm Bureau. He served as an unpaid Lobbyist in State Legislature for dairy farming. A sister, Geraldine Bothe, predeceased him. His wife, Lois DeMerchant Gay, of 57 years, survives Buddy. Also surviving are their four children, Clayton H. “Rusty” Gay, III and his wife, Lorena of Cherryfield, Terrence Gay and his wife, Biddy Jo of Reno, Nev., Melanie Gay of Cherryfield, and Brian Gay of Fort Smith, Ark.; their six grandchildren, Jonathan Gay, a USM in Hawaii, Jeremy Gay of Cherryfield, Jennifer and her husband, Joshua Stubbs of Harrington, Joshua Gay of Cherryfield, Karen Tanguay and her adopted parents, Raymond and Barbara Tanguay of Newington, Conn. and Matthew Funk of Van Buren, Ark.; a special cousin, Michael Gay of Milbridge who he loved as a son; and nieces Sallie Beal of Lunenburg, Mass. and Druscilla Ray of Milbridge, and several cousins. There will be a memorial service for Buddy at the First Baptist Church of Cherryfield, 2:00 p.m., Sept. 25, 2004, with the Rev. Ambrose Rolfe officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Strout Cemetery Fund. You may send contributions to Druscilla Ray at 54 Wyman Rd., Milbridge, Me. Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 515, Cherryfield, Me. The family would like to express their appreciation to the Pasco Hospice Group in Dade City, Fla.