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Wesley A. Ridlon, Jr. (Junior Ridlon) Obituary

Wesley A. Ridlon, Jr, 79, better known as Junior Ridlon to those in the North Berwick area and Wes Ridlon to those who met him in other areas, died peacefully at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine on Friday, May 27, 2022, after a period of failing health.

Junior was born April 1, 1943, the son of the late Wesley (Pete) Ridlon, Sr. and H. Ernestine (Eaton) Ridlon. A lifelong resident of North Berwick, until moving to Atria Kennebunk Assisted Living in the fall of 2020, Junior was a 1962 graduate of North Berwick High School. Junior served his country honorably in the US Air Force from 1963 to 1966 and in the reserves until 1969. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion’s Quint-Cheney Post in North Berwick.

Junior was predeceased by his beloved wife of 45 years, Linda D. (Austin) Ridlon, in December 2015.

Junior was a member of the Labor Union Local 976, working on various construction jobs, including building the Interstate 95 bridge between Maine and New Hampshire; and various utility construction works from power utility lines across the country, natural gas, and most recently the Seabrook Nuclear Generating Station. After retiring, Junior worked part-time seasonally, mowing for Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick and clearing snow for the town of North Berwick.

He is survived by his sister, Pat (Ridlon) Gard of Durham, NH, his brother, Tom Ridlon of North Berwick, and his nephew, Michael Ridlon-Gard of North Berwick. He is also survived by family members of his late wife; brothers-in-law Albert Austin of Dania, FL, Frank Austin, Jr. of Springvale and David Austin of Augusta; sisters-in-law Bonnie (Austin) Best and Debra (Greene) Austin, both of North Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, May 31, from 4-6 p.m. at Johnson’s Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, followed immediately by a funeral service at 6 p.m. Interment will be at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale. at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com.

Junior avoided showing it too much, but he had a big heart and was generous to local charities. For many years, he and his wife donated toys for local families in need at Christmas; and often Junior bought extra toys himself. As such, memorial donations can be made in his name to the Town of North Berwick Christmas Project, PO box 312 North Berwick, ME 03006

Posted May 28, 2022

Published in Portsmouth Herald/Foster’s Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday, Portsmouth Herald/Foster’s Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday

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Visiting hours

Johnson’s Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick

May 31, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

funeral service

Johnson’s Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick

May 31, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

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