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Wilbur Elton Trask

Wilbur Elton Trask, 92, husband of the late Dorothy May (Tobey) Trask, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, formerly longtime of Ipswich, died Wednesday July 25, 2012 in Lisbon Falls following his extended illness.

Born on June 7, 1920 in Peabody, son of the late Walter F. and Emily S. (Cook) Trask, he moved to Ipswich with his parents, nine brothers and two sisters, living on Greenspoint Road and later Linebrook Road. In 1932 he was given his first Kodak Brownie box camera, which began a lifetime hobby. In the early years following the Great Depression he clammed and perfected his photography skills. He was unable to serve during WWII due to his hearing impairment, but he contributed towards the war effort at Sylvania, working on the proximity fuse, and continued working there after the war. He retired following thirty-eight years of employment with the company.

He was married in 1948 at the First Congregational Church in Ipswich. He enjoyed stamp collecting, traveling and camping, and was best known as the “Squirrel Man” to many friends and photo department employees for his love of handling wild squirrels and capturing their antics on film. He had a constant stream of them visit his homes in Ipswich and Lisbon Falls. He enjoyed having pen pals throughout the country, and creating painted decorations displayed on the barn door of his High Street home. He has been interviewed several times for local newspapers, and had many poems published in the Ipswich Today in the 1970s. He collected photos of mill stones and lighthouses from all over New England.

He was a former member of the Civil Defense Ipswich Police, the Alabama Coons Hand Tub of Ipswich, the Ipswich Stamp Club, and was a lifetime Maine wildlife and fishing license holder.

He is survived by his son, Ret USAF Lee Warren Trask and his wife Kathleen of Lisbon Falls, his grandchildren, Daniel Trask of MA, Julie Trask of ME and Samantha Jean Trask of ND, step-granddaughter Jamie (Fowler) LaFramboise of ME and great-grandchildren Keira, Draven, Joshua, Christopher, Zachery, Synthia, Leam, Koey, Kaila and Jessica. He was the step-grandfather of the late Charles Edward Fowler.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday 11 am at the First Parish Cemetery, York, Maine. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.

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