FAIRFIELD, MAINE--John W. Short Sr., 75, passed away in Waterville, Maine on May 23, 2017, with family by his side.\r\n\r\nJohn Short was born on March 23, 1942, in Fairfield, Maine, the son of Frederick H. Short Sr. and Ethel B. (Towle) Short. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School, class of ’61 and went into the Army National Guard where he was stationed in West Point, NY. \r\n\r\nJohn’s teenage years were spent with the pedal to the metal as a teenager doing timed street racing in Florida.\r\n\r\nJohn was a proud ironworker and master welder of Local 496, working throughout the state of Maine.\r\n\r\nIn later years, he went on to drive milk truck for the late Butch Clark of Clark Milk Transport out of Canaan, Maine.\r\n\r\nHe was a member of the NRA, American Legion, Elks Lodge and attended the East Benton Christian Church.\r\n\r\nJohn was a life-long, avid sportsman and believed hunting and fishing was more than just a sport, it was a lifestyle where quality family time and cherished memories could be made. He truly lived up to Maine’s saying, “Maine, the way life should be”.\r\n\r\nIt is agreed by all, that some of the fondest family memories was time spent camping at Cathedral Pines in Eustis. \r\n\r\nJohn was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Joan (Letourneau) Short of 42 years; son Frederick H. Short IV; and friend, Pat Deblois.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his current wife, Mary (Dixon) Short; his children, Dana J. Short, Debra Short, widow to the late Fred Short, Tina and David Newell, John and Ali Short, and David A. Short; his brother, Mike Bowman; his grandchildren, Dave Newell II and his fiancé, Nicole Gagnon, Katie-Lyn and husband Josh Lund, John J. Short and his fiancé, Dana Germain, Brian L. Short and his wife, Brittany, Trisha and Katrina Morey, Theresa and Matt Stowe, Jessica Morey; and many great-grandchildren. \r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank Beacon Hospice, especially his CNA, Rachel for her care and compassion and also to Mount Saint Joseph, Friendship Cove for the wonderful care John received.\r\n\r\nMemorial services will be held at the East Benton Christian Church on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am.