Wesley A. Ridlon, Jr. (Junior Ridlon) obituary

Wesley A. Ridlon, Jr, 79, better known as Junior Ridlon to those in the North Berwick area and Wes Ridlon to those who met him in other walks of life, died peacefully Friday at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine. May 27, 2022, after a period of poor health.

Junior was born on April 1, 1943 to the late Wesley (Pete) Ridlon, Sr. and H. Ernestine (Eaton) Ridlon. A lifelong resident of North Berwick until his fall 2020 move to Atria Kennebunk Assisted Living, Junior graduated from North Berwick High School in 1962. Junior served his country honorably in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1966 and in the Reserves through 1969. He was a member of the American Legion’s Quint Cheney Post in North Berwick for 50 years.

Junior passed away in December 2015 to his beloved wife, Linda D. (Austin) Ridlon, who was 45.

Junior was a member of the Laborers Local 976 Union and worked on various civil works including building the Interstate 95 bridge between Maine and New Hampshire; and various jobs in utility construction at statewide power lines, natural gas and more recently the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. After retiring, Junior worked part-time seasonally, mowing for Tuckahoe Turf Farm in Berwick and plowing snow for the town of North Berwick.

He is survived by his sister Pat (Ridlon) Gard of Durham, NH, brother Tom Ridlon of North Berwick, and nephew Michael Ridlon-Gard of North Berwick. He is also survived by members of his late wife’s family; brothers-in-law Albert Austin of Dania, FL, Frank Austin, Jr. of Springvale, and David Austin of Augusta; sisters-in-law Bonnie (Austin) Best and Debra (Greene) Austin, both from North Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, May 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, with a funeral service immediately following at 6:00 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale. Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home. Messages of condolence are possible www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com.

Junior avoided showing it too much, but he had a big heart and was generous to local charities. For many years he and his wife made donations at Christmas to buy toys for needy local families; and often Junior bought extra toys himself. Therefore, memorial donations can be made on his behalf to the City of North Berwick Christmas Project, PO Box 312 North Berwick, ME 03006

Posted May 28, 2022

Published in Portsmouth Herald/Foster’s Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday, Portsmouth Herald/Foster’s Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday

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Johnson Funeral Directors, 26 Market Street, North Berwick

May 31, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

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Johnson Funeral Directors, 26 Market Street, North Berwick

May 31, 2022 at 6:00 p.m

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