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Irving W. “Stet” Stetson

former owner of Stetson’s Funeral Home, Brunswick, Maine, died May 6, 2012, at age 87. Stetson served in the U.S. Army during World War II as grave registration chief and built cemeteries in Normandy and the Philippines. He graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science and attended Temple University. He was a fourth-generation funeral director, working alongside his father for many years. Stetson became the owner, with his wife, of Stetson’s Funeral Home in 1952. In 1991, he sold the funeral home to Brunswick natives Anthony and Debbie Purinton, maintaining a keen interest in the business until his death. He was past president and district governor of the Lions Club, past president of United Way, on numerous boards and committees of the Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, past fundraising chairman of the American Red Cross, 28-year member and former chairman of the Brunswick Recreation Committee, life member of the Topsham American Legion Post and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Maine Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, Society of Colonial Wars and Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule and the Maine Funeral Directors Association, where he also served as a past president, a Federal Emergency Management Agency member, committee member of the New Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery-Mount Vernon Road and a member of NFDA, for which he served on many national committees and was previously qualified as a mortuary disaster coordinator. Stetson was also a lifelong member of St. Charles Borromeo Church-All Saints Parish, serving on numerous committees over the years. He is survived by wife Dorothy, cousin Virginia and special “daughter” Connie Cozzolino Smith, senior vice president of the NFDA Professional Development Division.