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Gift given in memory of Edgar Doak

Wednesday, 09 December 2009

An Aroostook County family recently honored the memory of their father and grandfather, Edgar Doak - and his example of service to his community - with the donation of an electric scooter chair to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The scooter chair, valued at more than $5,400, will be made available to campus visitors as well as students, faculty, and staff who need mobility assistance in order to travel around campus. The chair will be kept in South Hall and signed out on a need-to-use basis.

Edgar Doak was born in Caribou and lived in Aroostook County for his entire life. He was 93 years old when he passed away this summer. Doak was well known to many through his work over the years as a farmer and with the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. In retirement, he volunteered at Cary Medical Center, where he received honors for providing more than 1,500 hours of community service.

Because he was a generous man, especially in his later years, the Doak family felt it was appropriate to take this opportunity to give something back to the community.

"This is what he would have wanted," grandson Greg Doak said. "He only used the electric scooter chair a few times and he would have highly approved its being put to good use by people on the campus and community visitors."