DREW PLANTATION – Don Potter, son of Bret and Lottie (Crawford) Potter, passed away at a Bangor hospital on April 30, 2015.
He was a self-appointed clean-up man for the Plantations of Reed and Drew, keeping the roadside spic and span. He was ever busy helping people, especially the elderly. Don could always be found doing something, raking, mowing grass, shoveling snow or using his horse and wagon to haul stuff to the local dump for anyone. Always having a grin, a happy nature, never in a hurry, he would accept a milk, piece of pie or cake or a meal if offered. He expected nothing for his work. His passion was the kids, playing with them, making sounds imitating trains, trucks or whatever to make them laugh, always full of fun and enjoying his church services and meals. His horse and wagon always had kids riding along with the load. It’s impossible to put on paper all Don did for people. One of Don’s hardest times was when his niece, Victoria, the apple of his eye, passed away at 25 years. Other passings were Floyd Foster, friend and supporter in his day by day work and Blake Voisine. They spent a lot of time together visiting. Don went only to the mid elementary grades in grammar school, but had a photographic memory. He could rattle off days, dates and records of happenings of a hundred years ago or more, getting this information from conversations with the older people in years gone by. He loved animals and had, over the years, various ponies, horses and even a mule. He bought a pony for the kids to ride, taking many ribbons at horse shows. When the kids got too big for the pony, he acquired a saddle horse to do the same with. As I sit here writing this, I realize I could write a book, “Of Don,” my only brother. How I’m going to miss him, right up there with losing my only daughter, Victoria.
Don is survived by a brother, Jim Potter and his wife Marlene of Drew, a nephew Bret Potter and wife June of San Antonio, Texas, a cousin (like a brother) Bob Crawford and his wife Lois of Lincoln, nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to mention.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday May 11, at Wytopitlock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve Waite officiating. Interment will be in Drew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to either the Penobscot Valley Humane Society or the Victoria Potter Scholarship at Lee Academy. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.