OBITUARY

Kenneth R. Severy

December 14, 1947May 31, 2018
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Portland- Ken Severy, 70, of Durham, Maine passed away Thursday May 31, after suffering from a stroke, surrounded by his family and loved ones at Maine Medical Center. Ken was born December 14, 1947 to the late Donald and Margaret (Bubier) Severy of Wales, Maine. Ken graduated from Lewiston High School in 1966. He then continued his education at the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. During college, Ken served four years in the Army National Guard. While Ken always had a passion for working in the woods, he found his passion for competing in woodsmen meets in college. Ken was skilled in many of the woodmen’s events, his favorite being the underhand chop. Ken retired from Bath Iron Works in 2014. In his retirement he enjoyed consulting for Colby Company Engineering in Portland. When Ken wasn’t working and competing at woodsman’s competitions all over New England, he was showing off his outstanding dancing skills at Maplewood Dance Center in Portland. For all of his accomplishments Ken was a humble and modest man, a true gentleman. Ken enjoyed so many wonderful things in his life. He was an avid outdoors man, enjoying activities from hiking to canoeing and skiing. As busy as he kept himself, he always found time to help anyone in need. Ken enjoyed volunteering for many things throughout his life; most notable was working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Brunswick.

Through the years, Ken and his little brother, Trevor S, remained very close. Ken is survived by his two sons Eric and Joel, three brothers Raymond, Richard and Brian, and his four sisters Donna Spaulding, Carol Quinn, Marion Guyette, and Paula Thayer.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Kenneth’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday June 7, at The Fortin Group Funeral Home in Auburn from 4-6:30pm with Words of Remembrance starting at 6:30 also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Coast Maine, 66 Elm Street, Camden, Maine, or to Maine Huts and Trails, @mainehuts.org/donate.

Arrangements are under the care of the Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. AUBURN 783-8545.

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  • Ken is survived by his two sons Eric and Joel, three brothers Raymond, Richard and Brian, and his four sisters Donna Spaulding, Carol Quinn, Marion Guyette, and Paula Thayer.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Words of Remembrance Thursday, June 7, 2018
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Bruce Jackson

June 14, 2018

It was my pleasure to work with Ken at BIW, and to get to call him my friend. Over the years we worked together, I am proud of what we accomplished. In addition to the work relationship, we became friends. I shared some outdoors adventures with him, including a St. John river trip. Rick was there also. As with any great woodsman, the Severy Boys would not let us novices use their axes to chop fire wood. They were concerned for our safety. Good by friend, for now.

Dave & Sherry Clement

June 9, 2018

We were saddened to learn of Ken's recent passing. We got to know Ken when he returned to Woodsmen Day competitions as a Master competitor (55+age). Ken had competed on the college Woodsmen team while attending UMO but dropped competing after graduation to pursue career and family. He quickly honed his chopping, sawing, axe throwing and log rolling skills including the difficult Springboard event which had been introduced since Richard's college competition days. During the past few years he won many ribbons and trophies. His family supported him attending Saco Valley Woodsmen Field Days at Fryeburg. He enticed his brother Richard to join him in some of the two person events such as crosscut sawing and Richard was soon entering some other single events. As soon as competition was over he would don his patterned wide brimmed hat for the award ceremonies. Richard will be missed by all who got to know him as a woodsman competitor. We offer our condolences to Richard's family and friends at this time. As we were announcers at some of the Maine Woodsmen Day shows in Fryeburg, Clinton, Oxford, Skowhegan and Windsor, it was always a pleasure to work with Ken-- he was not only a great competitor but also a true gentleman and exhibited the best in sportsmanship conduct. He is a model competitor for young folks to emulate.

James Robinson

June 7, 2018

I've worked with Ken over the last few years on a special project at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Ken made a substantial engineering contribution to the design of the project, a project that is very important to the future of the shipyard and to the Navy. He was a pleasure to work with and I will miss him. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

Donnamarie Castellano

June 5, 2018

Condolences to Brian, Debbie and your whole family, so sorry for the loss of your brother.

Herb & Brenda Gingras

June 4, 2018

Enjoyed talking and competing with Ken at the Lumberjack/Woodsmen Competitions. Herb always enjoyed the axe throwing throw offs with Ken. Ken was warm and kind to all he met. He surely will be missed. Rest in Peace our Friend.

Tasha Libby

June 4, 2018

I think most of my memories of Uncle Ken revolve around building/renovating various family homes, Fryeburg Fair Woodsmen's Day or holiday gatherings. We spent countless weekend hours helping build his home in Durham way back when I was a pre-teen and his boys were just kids. Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and hoards of cousins would descend for a weekend of work, play and of course food! Several years later, we all did the same to help build my Gram's new home in Wales. Ken was the one who was often called for advice on designing or renovating buildings from redoing my parent's garage into a family room, to an addition to the church I grew up in...if you needed structural advice, he was your guy!
My "generation" of cousins (with so many of us, it seems that we can be grouped by "older" and "younger" cousins) and I grew up taking the day off and heading to Fryeburg Fair each fall to watch our Grandfather and Uncle Ken compete in the Woodsmen's Day events. I was always so proud of both of them and of course the huge assortment of homemade goodies spread out in the back of Grammie and Grampa's station wagon always combined to make it a great day. There was a stretch of years when we didn't go and he didn't compete. Imagine my surprise a few years ago when we had a chance to watch and all of a sudden I heard his name called for one of the events!
For some reason, many of my memories involve water - canoeing and swimming and the annual family trip to either Reid or Popham for one last summer outing. The thing that stands out for me is a time when I was quite young and I was demonstrating my swimming/floating skills. Uncle Ken announced that he couldn't float, no matter how hard he tried. I must have had a disbelieving look on my face because he demonstrated this for me. Sure enough, he sank. Oh the things that stick in your memories!

Here's to the twilight
Here's to the memories
These are my souvenirs
My mental pictures of everything

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Biography

Portland - Ken Severy 70, of Durham, Maine passed away Thursday May 31, after suffering from a stroke, surrounded by his family and loved ones at Maine Medical Center. Ken was born December 14, 1947 to the late Donald and Margaret (Bubier) Severy of Wales, Maine. Ken graduated from Lewiston High S chool in 1966. He then continued his education at the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. During college, Ken served four years in the Army National Guard. While Ken always had a passion for working in the woods, he found his passion for competing in woodsmen meets in college. Ken was skilled in many of the woodmen’s events, his favorite being the underhand chop. Ken retired from Bath Iron Works in 2014. In his retirement he enjoyed consulting for Colby Company Engineering in Portland. When Ken wasn’t working and competing at woodsman’s competitions all over New England, he was showing off his outstanding dancing skills at Maplewood Dance Center in Portland. For all of his accomplishments Ken was a humble and modest man, a true gentleman. Ken enjoyed so many wonderful things in his life. He was an avid outdoors man, enjoying activities from hiking to canoeing and skiing. As busy as he kept himself, he always found time to help anyone in need. Ken enjoyed volunteering for many things throughout his life; most notable was working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Brunswick. Through the years, Ken and his little brother, Trevor S, remained very close. Ken is survived by his two sons Eric and Joel, three brothers Raymond, Richard and Brian, and his four sisters Donna Spaulding, Carol Quinn, Marion Guyette, and Paula Thayer. Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday June 7, at The Fortin Group in Auburn from 4-6:30pm, with Words of Remembrance starting at 6:30 also at the Funeral Home.