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G. Dale True


G. Dale True (Sept. 5, 1929—May 17, 2015) of Brooksville, Maine, passed away peacefully after a long illness. Dale was born in Springfield, Maine, the youngest of seven children of Linnie and Asia True, and was a longtime resident of Berlin, N.H. Dale was a graduate of the University of Maine and Bangor Theological Seminary, and a veteran of the Korean War.

He was the student minister to several churches in Brooksville and Penobscot while at seminary. They called him the Flying Parson as he sped between services. He served as pastor of the Berlin and Errol, N.H., UCC congregations for 20 years. While there, he devoted much time, energy, and love as site manager for Horton Center, a UCC camping and retreat center in the White Mountains.

In recent years, Dale volunteered with Brooksville’s Meals program and was an active member of the Blue Hill Congregational Church. Dale volunteered officially with many events and helped countless people in hard times. He loved the color red, good coffee, Ford trucks, country music, working with his hands and mentoring young people. In retirement, he finally had time for the model train set he always wanted as a kid, and taking a family vacation via train through the Canadian Rockies. He enjoyed spending time in the mountains, having summited Katahdin and Mount Washington, and watching the ever-changing flow of the Bagaduce River.

Dale leaves his wife Patricia, his daughters Elizabeth and Catherine, and his granddaughter Mikayla, his brother-in-law George Robbins and sister-in-law Helen True, and many much-loved nephews, nieces, and almost-family.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Courtland Rehabilitation and Living Center in Ellsworth for taking such great care of Dale.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Blue Hill Congregational Church, Blue Hill, Maine.

Memorial contributions can be made to Friends of Horton Center on Pine Mountain, Inc., 358 Goose Pond Road, Canaan, NH 03741.

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