COREA, WINTER HARBOR and LAMOINE – Linwood Stewart Workman, 87, went to be with the Lord peacefully Sept. 3, 2011, surrounded by all those that loved him deeply. He was born May 15, 1924, in Corea, to Philip and Velma (Stewart) Workman.
After graduating from Winter Harbor High School, Linwood joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and fought for his country while serving aboard the USS Alaska, CB-1, for which he is a recognized plank owner. Upon his return home to Corea, Lin continued his public service as a constable in Winter Harbor and as a guard at the NSGA Winter Harbor Naval Base. From there he began his lifelong career in the lobster fishing industry out of Corea and Winter Harbor. Linwood was a past master of Winter Harbor Lodge No. 192 AF & AM and a life member of Alcyone Chapter No. 71, Milbridge Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Anah Shrine Temple of Bangor and other Masonic bodies. He also spent some time in the Anah Shrine Marching Unit performing all over the region. His volunteer efforts in these organizations and their various charities have deeply impacted the lives too numerous to count. He loved the Red Sox and cheered them on faithfully. The day the Red Sox beat the Yankees and took the pennant brought unbelievable joy to his life. Lin was an avid watcher of “The Program” and held daily conference calls to discuss possible solutions to the dilemmas presented that day. Linwood loved to dance and did so very gracefully and beautifully. It would be an understatement to say that he thoroughly enjoyed twirling ladies around the dance floor. His professional credentials included being a TV commercial star and was known to many as the “Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Man.” It was that starring role that earned him a membership into the Screen Actors Guild. He was quite a prankster and loved a good joke, there are many a tale to some of his shenanigans that took place throughout his comedic life. He had a lovely sense of humor and it was a joy to be around him. He was a strong supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous. Back in 1975 he began his sobriety with the help of AA and its members, which turned out to be some of the best friends a man could ever ask for. Lin’s courage, strength and love for his family gave him the determination that enabled him to maintain his sobriety for the 36 years he remained on this earth with us. As a family, we will be forever grateful for the friends of Bill W. As a father, you couldn’t find a more devoted man. He loved his children with all his heart and soul and looked after them even as he took his last breaths. His guidance, wisdom, support and love will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Velma (Stewart) Workman; sister, Genevieve (Workman) Stoakes; and brother-in-law, Marvin Redburn, husband to Barbara. He is survived by two sisters, Barbara (Workman) Redburn and Mary (Workman) Thomas and husband, Harvey; along with brother-in-law, Jack Stoakes, husband to Genevieve. He is also survived by three children: daughter, Aletha (Workman) Pung and husband, Andy; son, Stewart Workman and wife, Alice; and daughter, Melissa (Workman) Eanes and husband, Ty. He has five grandsons, one granddaughter, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family acknowledges all the friends and loved ones that cared about Dad throughout his 87 years with us. Your love, support and prayers for us at this time are deeply appreciated.
In honor of Linwood’s wishes, we are holding a small private gathering to celebrate his life. Please know that we feel your love, support and understanding as we honor Dad’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, please make a small donation in memory of Linwood S. Workman to an organization that was near and dear to his heart, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston. You can donate directly online by visiting www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org and clicking on the Donate Now button or by calling 1-800-241-4438.