Sidney, ME: Joseph Sawlivich, On July 29, 1931, Joseph Sawlivich was born at the family farm on Middle Rd in Sidney, ME to parents George and Olga Sawlivich. He passed in the early evening hours of March 18, 2016 soon after enjoying a yummy chocolate ice cream that his son had fed him. He had been a patient at Inland Hospital for the past week. Previous to his hospital admission, he had resided at Woodlands Memory Care in Waterville, ME since September 17, 2015.\r\n \r\nJoe had always worked on the family farm with his father and brothers which developed a strong work ethic in him at an early age. After his mother’s death, his father, brother Edward and he continued to keep the farm going. On November 16, 1957, Joe married Shirley Hurd also of Sidney, ME. Together they raised their family at the farm until Shirley’s untimely death in 1995. He later married Dorothy Lachance Thiboutot of Sidney, ME in 1996. She predeceased him in 2008.\r\n \r\nJoe had been a farmer his whole life, a school bus driver for a while and then a full-time custodian at the Bean School in Sidney, ME for many years until his retirement. He took great pride in maintaining the “cleanest school in the district.” After retirement, he continued to work on the farm with his son Andy. Dad was a jack-of-all trades and being crafty was his specialty. “Our projects always came out better when he was involved.”\r\n \r\nJoe was a very outgoing and friendly man. He always had time for a chat, whether he knew you or not and was well-liked by everyone he met. That twinkle in his blue eyes will never be forgotten and neither will his hearty handshake. He was a man of faith making many good friends through church over his 84 years.\r\n \r\nJoseph was the remaining survivor of his parents’ eight children. He is survived by his three children; Brenda Sawlivich of Sidney, ME, Andrew Sawlivich and wife Susanne of Sidney, ME and Linda Sawlivich Marion and husband Rosco of Waterville, ME. He has one special granddaughter, Mallory Gatto and his great-grandson, Zackary Joseph of Sidney, ME. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.\r\n \r\nThe family wishes to thank all the staff at Woodlands Memory Care for their kindness and care of Joe over the past six months. Also, a special thank you to Dr Gharwan, hospitalist at Inland for her wonderful way of helping us through this transition and to all the nurses who diligently and lovingly cared for Joe during his week there. A very special thank you to Carol and Renee who cared for Joe deeply and kindly before he moved to Woodlands, You both went above and beyond to keep him safe while also making him happy.\r\n \r\nFriends are invited to visit 6-8 PM on Friday March 25 at Lawry Brothers-Wheeler, 26 Church Street, Oakland, ME where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday March 26. \r\n\r\nSpring burial will be at the St Francis Cemetery in Waterville, ME.