GORHAM, NH - Roy Burton Newton, 70, passed away Monday Sept. 9, 2013 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Mr. Newton was born on Dec. 20, 1942 at home on the Flat Rd., in West Bethel, ME, a son of Burton Newton and Ida (Card) Newton. He was raised in West Bethel and was a 1962 graduate of Gould Academy. He attended Western New England College in Springfield, MA and Thomas College in Waterville, ME. Roy was the owner and operator of Newton and Tebbets Wood Turning Mill for over 20 years. He was a strong community person and strong supporter of the community he resided in. Roy was a member and Past Master of the Bethel Lodge# 97 AF & AM , the Kora Shrine Temple, American Legion Post 82 in Gorham and became affiliated with Gorham - Sabattis Lodge #73 F & AM this past year and also a member of the Oxford County Funsters. He was very proud of his Masonic and Shrine Affiliation.
Family members include his wife of 47 years Mary Ellen (Wentzell) Newton of Gorham, a son Scott Newton and wife Betty of Gorham, a daughter Julie Dale and companion Eric Gagne of Gorham, 6 grandchildren, Kyle Newton, Samantha Newton, Andrew Dale, Matthew Rich, Katie Rich and Katie Gagne, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter Jane, a sister and a brother.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham. Relatives & friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held on Monday evening at 6 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in the Lary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy’s memory to the Roy B. Newton Scholorship Fund being established at the Gorham High School so that Roy can continue to serve his community. To send an online condolence please go to www.bryantfuneralhome.net.