John Edward Dorrington

November 15, 1948June 25, 2013

John Dorrington, 64

Freeport – John Edward Dorrington, 64, of Freeport, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at home. He was born on November 15, 1948, in Freeport, the youngest of five sons of Ethel (Renfrew) and Harold Arthur Dorrington. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1968 and during his career he was stationed in Iceland, Germany, Chandler, AZ and finally at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ retiring in 1990, as a Master Sergeant. The family returned to Freeport and John was employed at LL Bean in the Davis Warehouse until his death.

John enjoyed his time on Eagle Island with his niece Jeanie Dorrington Enders and simply spending time with his family. He puttered around the yard; he did some gardening and had a love for John Deere tractors. His passion was automotive and trips to the Owls Head Transportation Museum were always worth the ride.

John is survived by his wife, Joyce of Freeport; his son John E. Dorrington, Jr. and his wife Janet of Lubbock TX; his son J. Arthur Dorrington and his wife Ashlea of Fort Hood, TX; his daughter-in-law, Amanda Dorrington; his three brothers: James F. Dorrington of Freeport; Allen Dorrington and his wife Rita of Auburn; Robert Dorrington and his wife Diane of Durham; his grandson Layne and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents; his brother Harold A. Dorrington; sister-in-law Josie Dorrington and his son Nicholas G. Dorrington.

A graveside service will be held on Friday July 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Burr Cemetery, 56 Durham Road, Freeport, ME. A reception will follow at the AMVETS Hall, Route 136, Durham, ME. Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with John’s family.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to: Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105


  • Graveside Service Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Reception Friday, July 5, 2013

John Edward Dorrington

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August 12, 2013

It has taken a while to sign this book for your family. I worked with you for two or three years and we had many conversations and some arguments also. We had a test of wills and through it all you always kept your cool and was forever the gentleman, you made work fun and we shared many a cup of tea, I watched you bring joy to so many people. You were strong willed and as happy a soul as could be. You raved about and loved your family sometimes sharing them with your co workers. I will always feel a hole in my heart when I think of you and your son. I hope you both are at peace and I hope you, John, my friend are flying with the angels. I will miss you truly.

Gail Wells

July 2, 2013

John I loved working with you very much. I will miss your smile and the tea.My thoughts and prayers with Joyce and the family. Good bye friend. Miss you always.


July 2, 2013

John, thank you for the past years of your kindness and friendship who gifted me with. It was always a pleasure to share "a cup of tea with you". My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who will miss you and love you always. Peace be with you.

Bonnie Jensen

July 2, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to the Dorrington family and everyone who knew the blessing of John. He has left us all with beautiful memories and for that we will be forever grateful. May the happy memories ease the pain.

Darren, Timothy & Bonnie Jensen

Diane Dennison

July 1, 2013

My heart is heavy knowing that I will never see that wonderful smile, when I walk by, I did not know you well, but I always loved watching you care for your garden over the years and enjoyed our brief hellos. I will miss that delightful smile and can envision you looking over the garden from Heaven above, rest peacefully my neighbor!

Sandra, Ken, Colby and Anjie Hilton

July 1, 2013

John, we will miss you greatly! The memories of camping, camping club meetings and that infectious smile of yours! You and your family were always a part of ours! Our thoughts are with Joyce and Arthur! We will always be there for them should they need us.

Laurie Jones

July 1, 2013

Although I didn't know you as well as I know your son's, I respect and admire you as a Father to them. You are and were a very blessed man to have had such a wonderful family. You are gone but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.

anita& darryl compton

June 30, 2013

Our hearts go out to the family and john u will be dearly missed..

Janet Curtis Sucher

June 30, 2013

My heart goes out to John's family. You remain in my prayers and thoughts!

June 30, 2013

John- In the 30+ years I knew you, you always had that same grin on your face. You were one of the nicest, happiest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life - I will never forget your incredible kindness to us at our time of loss. You were a wonderful brother-in-law and I will always remember you, most importantly, as a good man. Joyce and Arthur, I hope you know you can call on John and I any time - you have all our love and understanding and sympathy. Love, Cindy