DOVER-FOXCROFT – Edgar C. “Bud” Prouty Sr., 84, passed from our daily lives Aug. 10, 2004, at his residence. He was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Veazie, the son of Minnie and Norman Prouty, Sr. A native of Veazie, Bud was a graduate of Bangor High School. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bud began his career in the automotive industry in 1952 as a salesman for Bean and Conquest in Bangor. He held multiple supervisory and management positions in several mid-Maine automobile dealerships. Working his way through the ranks, Bud purchased Prouty Ford, formerly Stobel Culley Ford, in Dover-Foxcroft, in 1971. Prouty Ford, Inc. acquired a Dodge and Chrysler franchise in 1991. His company, Prouty Ford-Chrysler, Inc. is where he remained actively working with his son, Bud Jr., for in excess of 33 years. Bud was a director and past president of the Maine Automobile Dealers Association. He was one of only 68 automobile dealers in the country to receive Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1990. Masonically he was a 50 year member of the Mosaic Lodge No. 52, AF & AM, Dover-Foxcroft, Scottish Rites Bodies and Anah Shriners in Bangor. He was also a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Bangor Court No. 150. Active in community affairs, he was a director of the Piscataquis YMCA and the Piscataquis Valley Fair Association, chairman of the Dover-Foxcroft Advisory Board, a corporator for Bangor Savings Bank and a past member of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis. Bud took great pleasure in the strong love and devotion of his family and friends. Whether he was playing golf with the Maine Seniors, enjoying nine holes at the Wildflower Country Club in Englewood, Fla., or sharing his garden vegetables, he thoroughly loved life. His commitment to the betterment of others whether through his many community services or the Shrine Hospitals rewarded him with many life long friends. Bud was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Barbara. He is survived by three children, Durene B. Prouty, Joyce P. Sherman, and her husband, Amasa, of Dover-Foxcroft and Edgar “Bud” Prouty Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Sebec. He is also survived by the following grandchildren, Shane E. Sherman of Atkinson, Tricia G. Mercer and her husband, Glenn, of Virginia Beach, Va., Edgar C. Prouty, III and family of Bangor, Allison E. Sands and her husband, Wesley, of Bridgton. He is also survived by the following great-grandchildren, Dechlan and Soren Mercer, and Edgar C. Prouty, IV; as well as sister, Madeline Oase of Vero Beach, Fla.; brother, Norman Prouty of Hampden; and a special personal care assistant, Kelly Peabody. He was predeceased by his sister, Leona Wallace. Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with a Masonic service to be held at 7:30 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, with Rev. Kenneth Dale officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Shrine Hospitals for Children, care of Anah Shriners, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04401, or to Community Health and Counseling Services, Dover Health Services-Hospice Program, 14 Summer St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426.