CORINTH – Gerald L. Speed, 88, beloved husband of Winifred (Duran) Speed, died peacefully Oct. 15, 2007, surrounded by his loving family, at Brewer Rehab & Living Center. He was born Sept. 18, 1919, in East Corinth, a son of Arthur G. and Mattie (Gray) Speed. Gerald graduated from East Corinth Academy and was a lifelong dairy farmer. He served as selectman for the town of Corinth for eight years as well as tax assessor. He worked for the State of Maine, building roads and driving truck for more than 25 years. He took great pride in his family owned farm, which he enjoyed working on. He was a lifelong member of Charleston Pentecostal Church. In addition to his loving wife of 68 years, he is survived by a son, Spencer L. and wife, Paula E. Speed; a daughter, Catherine M. Cummings and husband, Vaughn; a daughter-in-law, Johannah Speed, all of Corinth; a sister, Phoebe J. Wood and husband, Robert, of Springfield, Va.; and his grandchildren, Carolyn Libby and husband, Michael, and children, Katrina and Matthew, Richard Speed and wife, Stephanie, and children, Brett, Brianna and Brooke, Vernon Speed and wife, Luanne, and children, Andrea, Tyler and Jacob, Paul Speed and wife, Erin, and children, Andrew, Madison and Rylee, all of Corinth, Loretta April of Rye, N.H., and Scott Speed and wife, Lisa, and children, Austin, Savannah and Stetson, of Corinth. He was predeceased by a son, Vinal L. Speed; a grandson, Eric of Corinth; brother, A. Elwyn Speed; and three sisters, Phyllis Speed, Hazel McKusick and Dorothy Henderson. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and noon-1 p.m. Thursday at Charleston Pentecostal Church. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the church with the Revs. Ronald Libby, Matthew Ward and Gerald’s nephew, Isaiah Hill officiating. Burial will be at Corinthian Cemetery, Corinth. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may sign an online guest book at