Michael A. Meier

October 28, 1942 -

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

Visiting hours and graveside services with full military honors will be held in the Spring

Michael A. Meier, 77, of Sanford, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2020, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

From the rolling hills of North Dakota to the meadows of Maine, Mike “Papa Bear” Adam Meier brought his twisted sense of humor to his family, friends and any stranger who would stay still long enough to listen. The youngest of five siblings he grew up in the farmlands of the Dakotas were, according to him, he was driving tractors before he was 5 years old and taking his horse (of course according to him it was up hill both ways in the snow) to a one-room schoolhouse.

After high school, he joined the Navy, where he met his 1st wife – Putter.

Through another Navy buddy, he met his second wife, Terry Macaluso, who gave him his first three daughters – Vera, Michelle, and Allyson. While that union didn’t last, he later found the love of his life in the little town of Wallingford, Connecticut – Claudia Shute.

Claudia was his soul mate and helped him to create his blended family that included her two children, Corrie and Brandon and very quickly added their love child – Morgan.

While Connecticut was their home for several years, they eventually followed their hearts (and the chickens) to the quaint little town of Limerick, Maine, where they bought a little farmhouse that they quickly filled.

Mike served his country in the United States Navy for four years, six months and 21 days. His tour was extended six months for the Cuban Missile crisis. He was one of the first-ever Guided Missile Technicians paving the way for his future career in the infancy of the electronics and computer fields.

Mike was never one to sit still for long, having had a plethora of jobs since his retirement from the Navy, he eventually settled on work in the electronics field, and was involved in engineering the light show for Disney.

His older daughters have fond memories of his bringing home one of the first computer workstations that needed a dial-up connection through the phone handset so that they could play solitaire.

Once settling in Maine, he began work for Cyro, a plexiglass firm, while his wife happily raised a flock of prize-winning chickens and assorted farm animals and children.

Together, they created a blended family full of such love and kindness, that the concept of step or half-sisters and brother never entered their vocabulary.

Along the way, he made many close friends, always sharing a crazy story or lending a helping hand.

He continued to be involved, even after his retirement with many organizations, including the Lion’s club, the Special Olympics, the American Legion, and the Newfield Historical Society.

He is pre-deceased by his four siblings, Martina Welk, Sylvester Meier, Wilbur Meier, and Wilfred Meier, his ex-wife Terry Macaluso and the love of his life and his last wife, Claudia Shute Meier.

He is survived by his children Vera Meier-Bennett, Michelle Meier, Allyson Meier, Corrie Canning, Brandon Noyes, and Morgan Meier with her husband and Mikes “4th wife,” Tim Crowley; and by his grandchildren Jacob Bennett, Matthew Bennett, Mark Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, Shelby Biggs, Wyatt Biggs, Jaiden Crowley; and his great-grandson Sirius Bennett.

Due to the current social and political situation, a memorial service will be held in late spring or early summer – details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, Mike has requested that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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