John E. Champion

December 19, 1935 - June 14, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

His fellow Lions may visit on Tuesday, July 7th at 4:30 p.m. and his friends and neighbors may call from 5-7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale

John E. Champion, 84, a longtime resident and generous volunteer, died peacefully at Maine Medical Center in Portland on June 14, 2020.

John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and he passed on Flag Day.

John was born on December 19, 1935, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the son of William and Emma (Albertson) Champion, Sr.

John served proudly in the U. S. Army from 1959 to 1961. Upon his return from serving our country, John worked in the Automotive Department at Sears on 63rd street Philadelphia store where he met Elizabeth (Betty) Kellett Walker; and they married on August 27, 1966.

They moved to Maine and bought Small’s Store and Post office in East Waterboro. As the Post office got larger and the store got smaller, John went to work at Cyanimid, and later as Shipper at Southern Maine Finishing and Silvex.

John was a Scout Leader for Troop 306 in Waterboro of which his son Scott Walker was a scout.

John was quiet and unassuming and didn’t need to be recognized for his volunteering. It was a part of who he was and as a community; we are grateful for his tenacity and generous nature.

John was a charter member of the Massabesic Lions Club since 1972 (48 years) and served as President 1975-1976, 1995-1996, and 2010-2011. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Medical Center and was a progressive Melvin Jones fellow.

Some of the committees he has served on are the Medical Equipment Loan Program, Food Trailer, Bingo, Kitchen, Senior Get Together Luncheon, Membership and Retention, Christmas Tree Sales, and Bean Suppers. John also served District 41 L as Deputy District Governor when George Rousseau was District Governor and as Lioness Coordinator, Leo Coordinator, and Zone Chairman.

John will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father. He gave generously to his community, neighbors, and friends. He has now entered into eternal rest.

John is lovingly survived by his wife Elizabeth Champion of Waterboro; his son Scott Walker of Saco; and brother William Champion of North Carolina.

His fellow Lions may visit on July 7th at 4:30 p.m. and his friends and neighbors may call from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. A Graveside Service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com

In Lieu of flowers, please donate to the Massabesic Lions Club, 813 D Main Street, Waterboro, ME 04087.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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