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Paul Ellis

Paul Ellis

Saturday, July 25th, 2020
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Farmington - Paul Nathan Ellis, 91, of Rangeley Maine, died of natural causes on July 25, 2020 at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Paul was raised in Rangeley on the family farm by his parents Lynwood and Marion Oakes Ellis. Many years later the Lynwood Ellis farm became the Farmhouse Inn and is now recognizable as Mountain Star Estate. His family are descendants of Luther and Eunice Hoar, the first white settlers in the Rangeley Lakes Region in 1817.
Paul graduated from Rangeley High School and the University of Maine at Orono and received a master’s degree in education from Boston University. Following service in the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC), his first career was as a teacher and basketball coach at Clinton HS in Maine and later as the high school principal and then superintendent at Nauset Regional schools on Cape Cod. Paul moved back to Maine from Massachusetts in the early 1970’s, serving as principal of the Rangeley HS. He took over the family farm and ran the Farmhouse Inn as a B&B and AT hostel. He then subdivided the farm into over 200 lots, creating the Highlands and Overlook development. There were many other business ventures and real estate developments but his passion was community service. At various times Paul served on the Rangeley school board, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and was involved in many community projects on the local, regional and state levels. Paul was a lifelong member and a past Senior Warden of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley.
Paul is survived by the families of his children with his deceased ex-wife Barbara and the family of deceased wife Lillian. He leaves behind his children Valerie (Ellis) Zapolsky and husband Jeff, Pamela Ellis, Rob Ellis, grandchildren Benjamin, Nathan, Samuel, Ivan, Bethany, Connor, Athena, and great grandchildren Violet and Eli. From Lillian’s family he leaves behind her children Helen and husband Dennis, Cate, Kenneth and wife Alyson, grandchildren Laura, Stephanie, Aaron, Molly, Caroline, Kenneth and great grandchild Lily. Paul had eleven siblings and is survived by his sister Greta Ellis Haley Pratt and husband Rodney (Weld) and brother Harry Albert Ellis and wife Jean (Strong). He is beloved by many, many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
In addition to being a devout Red Sox fan, his other pride and joy was the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Paul served in leadership roles with the organization and strove to keep community theater alive for youth and adults in Rangeley, producing and directing numerous musicals over the years. One of Paul’s fervent wishes was to have a performing arts center in Rangeley. In lieu of flowers please send donations in memory of Paul to the Rangeley Friends of the Arts,
PO Box 333, Rangeley, ME 04970. Public memorial services will be at a later date to be announced. Interment will be at Evergreeen Cemetery in Rangeley. Please share memories and kind words in his Book of Memories at www.wilesrc.com. Cremation care and memorial services are being cared for and provided by the Wiles Remembrance Center:Adams~McFarlane Chapel, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington.
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  • Private Memorial Services

    Location
    Evergreen Cemetery
    Address
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    Rangeley, Maine 04970
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    Notes
    Services will be announced at a later date
    Officiant
    Father Jud Pealer

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Jeff Ellinwood

Posted at 06:11pm
Many good memories of times serving with Paul on the Rangeley Friends of the Arts Board of Directors. His leadership over the years was instrumental in raising RFA to its strong current position. Condolences to all the family.

Jeff Ellinwood
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Jeannine M. Hunter

Posted at 11:24am
Although it doesn't mention it in his obituary, I think this is the same Paul Ellis who was principal of Freeport High School. I graduated from FHS in 1957, and Mr Ellis was principal at that time. His picture, along with other staff members, is included in my yearbook. He was a wonderful principal and teacher, and I feel sure that he was liked and admired and respected by teachers, parents, and students alike. My sympathy to his family. Sincerely, Jeannine Macomber Hunter, FHS Class of '57
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Deborah Richard

Posted at 10:21am
Paul was a very kind man. I enjoyed caring for him. May God be with you, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
KB

Kendall Bean

Posted at 04:55pm
Val, Pam, and Rob, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Your dad will always be remembered as one of Rangeley's best. His extraordinary vision and many years of hard work and dedication to the Friends Of The Arts Program helped make Rangeley become the very special town that it is. The Friends Of The Arts transformed and enhanced the lives of so many people including those of my children. Paul taught us that we can all make our corner of the world a better place. Your dad will be missed but it is heartening to see you and so many others keeping his wonderful legacy alive. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Kendall Bean
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