OBITUARY

Patrick G. Diters

October 5, 1952May 3, 2013

Patrick George Diters Augusta (Togus)

Patrick George Diters, 60, of Mechanic Falls, Maine died May 3, 2013 at the VA Medical Center Hospice after a courageous and painful battle with cancer.

He was born in Hartford, CT, on October 5, 1952, to George and Gladys (Humphrey) Diters. He grew up in Canton, CT, and attended Canton schools, graduating in 1970. He then enlisted in the US Coast Guard for four years. Patrick married the love of his life Mary E. Holt, on April 21, 1984. They were best buddies for over 29 years.

Patrick loved his bees, and his dogs, Rocky, Tess and Wendall and his cat, Sweetpea. He was an outdoor kind of guy and a true nature lover. Most days you could find him out in the yard, mowing, gardening, and tending his bees.

He worked for Scott Dugas Excavating Inc. on and off for many years.

He was predeceased by his father and brother Grady.

Survivors include his wife Mary and his mother Gladys of Mechanic Falls; stepson Henry L. Foss and his wife Lynn; grandchildren Henry, Jessica and Nathan of Shelton, CT, cousins Mark Diters and family of Canton, CT, Meg Englestrom and family of Alaska, Charles Diters and family of Alaska, Margaret and James Hall and family of Granby, the Jean and Robert Humphrey and family of Canton CT, Edith Hungerford and family of Austin, TX. His Maine family, Anthony and Deb Holt of Portland, Stephen and Patricia Holt Billey of Auburn, ME, Christopher Holt and Denise DeRice of Portland, John A. Holt of Denver, Co. and many devoted nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind special friends, Carl and Kim Zils of Trescott, and Tim Griffin of Phippsburg, and (Sarah) Jean Ferguson of Whitefield.

A period of visitation for Patrick will be held this Saturday, May 11th from 5 to 6 PM, followed by a memorial service at 6:00 PM at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland.

A special thank you to all the wonderful Nurses and CNAS in 3 South 200, and the Hospice Unit of the V.A. Medical Center; whose loving diligence kept him comfortable and happy.

In lieu of flowers Patrick’s family suggests donations be made to the Salvation Army of Maine, 67 Park St. Lewiston, ME 04240.

Care for Patrick has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Cindy Holden

August 10, 2013

Gladdy and Mary,
We were so sad to hear about Patrick passing. I asked about your family at the Sweeton reunion this year because we didn't have your address to send you an invitation. Someone said told us Patrick had died. We felt so sad. The first time we met him was when we had the reunion at our house about 18 years ago and you all came and Patrick brought a homemade pie and said he came because the invitation said we were having all sorts of games and fun. I loved him immediately. I wish we could have spent more time with you Mary and Gladdy and Patrick. We miss our times with you Gladdy when we lived on Canton Road when me and Dick first got married and rented Henry Bahres house and we went to the Health Store where you worked. We are grateful for the times we did have together. My dad Ed Sweeton would have been happy to know that we had the happy times together. Much love and healing, Cindy Sweeton Holden, Dick and Anna

Pat Rotondo

May 19, 2013

Our families were good friends when we were young, and we still remember Patrick, Grady, and their father George very fondly. I am sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies to Gladys and Patrick's wife and family.

Tinna Spelman

May 13, 2013

I was deeply saddened to hear of this. Patrick was a very special friend to all of us. I have the fondest memories of him, as well as Grady. To think they are together again is the only comforting thought I could come up with. My heartfelt condolences to all of his loving family...he was so special...

Peter Bristol

May 11, 2013

Pat and I hung out in highschool, joined the Coast Guard and went half way around the world together. Seen alot of things, done alot of things. Would do some again, some not. It's interesting the different turns our lives take. I'm sad those turns hadent intersected again. Lesson learned. I'm so sorry.

Pete Bristol (Winsted Ct.)

Nancy Peterson

May 11, 2013

Dear Mare - We are so sorry and deeply saddened over the loss of Patrick. It was always a pleasure to be in his company and we will miss him. His contageous smile and sparkling eyes will always be remembered. Our hearts are with you and all of the family. Love, Nan and Bill.

Jim Dainty

May 11, 2013

Pat was one of my best friends growing up. He and his dad and brother taught me how to ski. Regret losing track over the years. By kindest regards to family and friends that are celebrating Pat's life.

Dale & Francy Tucker

May 10, 2013

Mare,
You and Pat have been the sweetest of sweeties, we will miss Pat and always remember his kind heart and loving ways. The photos are a blessing to see, thank you for sharing them on-line.

Tom M

May 10, 2013

Pat had a good sense of humor, he smiled with his whole face, eyes included, contageous laugh, and of course a nice haircut. It's been quite a few years, but he was one of those people that makes ya smile thinking about him. Bless ya Mary, and family.

Don&Edith KELLY

May 10, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Laura Diters

May 10, 2013

Dear Mary,
I was blessed to meet Patrick for the first time at "Gramps" Diters 90th birthday. He was very kind and gentle- a special trait laced through all the Diters men I know. I spent one very nice night on the phone with him while he was in the hospital not long ago. He will be sorely missed and has touched many hearts! My Best to you, Glady and the rest of the family. All my Love, Laura Diters