Allan Wyman (1942-2021)

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Allan Wyman

FARMINGTON — Allan Sherwood Wyman of Farmington, died on April 15, 2021, after a long battle with leukemia.

He was born in Farmington on Nov. 21, 1942, the son of Sherwood Philip and Dorothea (Page) Wyman. Allan’s early years were spent on the Mallory Farm in South Strong, where his father was foreman. As a young child he spent many hours with his mother, who was a civilian aircraft spotter for the U.S. Civil Defense Program, identifying aircraft and his mom would phone them into the Defense Dept. Dorothea received a citation from President Eisenhower for their efforts. Allan graduated from Strong High School in 1961, where he enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball.

Following school, he worked at several mills and then was hired as an apprentice machinist at Franklin Engineering Co. where he learned machine tool technology. In 1963, Allan married Katherine Daggett of New Vineyard. Allan studied at the University Maine at Farmington, graduating in 1971 with high honors in Biology. He then began a teaching career at Wilton Academy. After five years, he left education for a few years to design solar heating systems/homes. Several of his designs are still operating today.

When Allan returned to teaching, he did so as an Industrial Arts teacher, taking classes at night and completed a BA in Industrial Technology from USM in 1986. He taught IA at Livermore Falls Middle School for 20 years. After retiring from teaching, Allan owned and operated his own courier business for several years, delivering money to businesses and banks. Allan and his son Stewart owned and operated Tearaway Kennels, where he bred and trained pointing dogs. They traveled and competed in Field Trials all over New England and eastern Canada. He was a longtime member and officer of the Maine Bird Dog Club, publishing the club’s newsletter with the help of his wife.

In 1998, Allan earned his Master Maine Guide’s license after being an avid hunter and fisherman all his life. He really enjoyed taking his friends and clients on fishing and bird hunting trips. Highlights of his fishing experiences were Atlantic salmon fishing in Newfoundland and Quebec. Allan took two memorable fishing trips to Alaska, about which he loved to tell stories. Allan believed that hobbies and work made life interesting.

He coached Little League baseball for many years, enjoyed photography, vegetable gardening, and driving old sports cars. He said that many of his travels and hobbies were possible because of his wife Kate.

Allan believed that a good teacher can make a student strive for excellence. Two of his teachers for which he often expressed his gratitude were Arthur Mitchell of Temple, his high school IA teacher and Professor Robert Martin (deceased) his Biology professor at UMF.

Allan is survived by wife, Katherine; daughter, Carolyn; son, Stewart; sisters, Ruth Coleman of Derry, N.H. and Jeannie Harkins of Rockland; and cousin, Patricia Simpson of Kingfield.

The family would like to thank Kristin, Emily and James of Androscoggin Home Health Care for their care and kindness. Allan wrote in summation: “When your dry fly lands without a ripple near a rising trout and the whistle of wings fill your ears; when a kid smiles after making a nice catch, these are the things that have pleased me all these years.”

Per Allan’s wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

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  1. My sincere condolences to Katy and his family, He’s now an angel watching over you all…

  2. To the Wyman Family: I am so sorry to hear about Alan’s death. You all have just been through one of the worst things you’ll ever experience – watching a loved one deteriorate. Stay strong.

  3. Dear Katie and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. May Allan Rest In Peace.

  4. Sending my prayers and sympathy to Katie, Carolyn, Stewart and all of Allan’s family. So sorry but we know that he is in a better place and free of pain. Fly high with the Angels Allan. You have earned your wings!!

  5. Katie, Stew and Carolyn, so sorry to read about Allan’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed.

  6. My sincere condolences 🙏Hugs and prayers to the family another angel got it’s wings.

  7. Our deepest condolences to Stew and his wonderful family. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Deb & Ev Muse

  8. Katie, – So sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. He was my favorite teacher at the Wilton Academy in the 8th grade in 1975ish.

  9. So sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. I have some great memories of us as classmates. My condolences to the entire family.

  10. So saddened by the news of Allan’s passing and my deepest heartfelt sympathy to Katie, my mentor, and Stewart and Carolyn. He was a wonderful person, whom I enjoyed talking with, whether it was at the bank or fitness center, he always made me laugh and shared many stories, a true “Mainer”, who loved and lived life to the fullest. May he rest in peace, and to those whose lives he touched, may you hold dear those fond memories, always, and may his smiling face shine down upon us.

    Debbie McKinney

  11. Condolences to Jeannie, Ruth, Katie and the rest of the family. Knew Allan for years and will always remember him for his dry, dry sense of humor. A truly nice person. RIP Allan.

  12. What a incredible man ,He lived and breathed the life he created and created so powerfully may he go forth to create in the same way with angels caring for each step,

  13. A beautifully composed tribute to a beautiful man of towering intellect… (Even in adulthood I’ve never been entirely confident around the teacher who’d introduced me to liquid mercury)
    One is hard-pressed to find better grownups than the cadre of educators from Wilton Academy; their influence rippling-out over time.
    RIP Mr. Wyman…yes …I can stop running in the hallway

  14. Oh what a character! I was one of those fortunate to know Mr. Wyman. Such a gruff on the outside, but a true saint on the inside. I feel privileged to have known him and his family. I have a hand drawn picture by him of a trout rising to a fly that I will always consider one of my prized possessions. I will miss that old guy.

  15. I remember Allen well. I was just a kid when he was working at Franklin Engineering my dad’s business. While Allen was attending UMF he took an art class that required he create a project. He took brazing rods and welded them together in a rather modern approach to art. To me it looked like a tv antenna. I kept him company while he welded the rods here and there. He worked quietly and occasionally asked opinion. He was always pleasant to be around.

  16. My sincere condolences to the Wyman family.
    I have traveled this path of loss, losing my mother to leukemia in 1996.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May your many wonderful memories get you through this most difficult time.

  17. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. He was such a special and giving man. He will be missed.

  18. It is very sad to learn of Allan’s passing. He was a classmate and friend. I always appreciated his sense of humor! Thank you for the wonderful tribute of his life, I enjoyed reading it. He did a lot of good in this world. Heartfelt condolences to Katie, Stewart, Carolyn, and other family members. He will be missed.

  19. My condolences to Katie and the Wyman family. Allan and I were classmates at UMF in the 60’s. What a special guy, of whom I have many treasured memories. Beginning with that Mercedes…

  20. Our sincere condolences to Katie and family. We are so sorry for your loss. I remember during my early years in Farmington going hunting with Allen and his friends. I didn’t really know Allen then, I really had to listen when he talked because he was so soft spoken but always had something very interesting to say and he would say it with Humor putting a smile on everyones face. God bless.

  21. My sincere condolences to the family. What a privilege to have taught with him, a quiet persona with excellent timing for humor (delivered with just a hint of a smile). I’ll always remember those days when we all gathered in the teachers’ room at the Academy. He was a true gentleman.

  22. We are so sorry and sad to hear of the loss of your dad and husband. He was such an amazing guy. I always loved chatting with him. He told the best stories. I so remember in seeing this picture of him and reading his obituary the love he had for his family and his dogs. I had forgotten about his dogs. He lived life and was so knowledgeable in so many things. There were so many things I never even knew about him when reading his obit. He was quite guy. He loved you all so much!!! His family meant the world to him. He meant the world to us and so many. He was so dedicated in his care for you mom also. Remember and hold dear and close to your hearts and the wonderful memories. He will surely leave a big hole in your house and hearts. Hugs and love to you all!!! Patty and Paul

  23. I will miss Allan. Though I no longer live in Maine we seemed to get closer these past few years through emails and e-cards in my attempts to lift his energy and spirit. We shared quite a few chuckles! And being the wonderful man he was surprised me with a box of vegetables in the mail. I was very much saddened upon his death, but at the same time, I am happy for his release.
    I will definitely miss him….

  24. Katy, Carolyn, and Stewart, I am so sorry for your loss.
    I knew Allan well and worked with him at First National Store while we were all in college together.
    We had some great times together at work and shooting skeet or hunting along the Sandy River in Strong.
    I lost contact after leaving Farmington, but thought of him and Katy whenever I drove through Fairbanks.
    My sincere condolences, Allan was a great person.
    Adrien Pillsbury

  25. My condolences go out to the family. Allan was such a nice guy. He was so dedicated to his loving wife Katy and his family. He will be sadly missed by many. Fly high Allen
    Kristin Goodhart

  26. My condolences go out to the family. Allan was such a nice guy. He was so dedicated to his loving wife Katy and his family. He will be sadly missed by many. Fly high Allan
    Kristin Goodhart

  27. My condolences go out to the family. Allan was such a nice guy. He was so dedicated to his loving wife Katy and his family. He will be sadly missed by many. Fly high Allan

    Kristin Goodhart

  28. Allan will surely be missed, I enjoyed having him for a teacher at the Wilton Academy back in ‘74. later In 1981, Allan installed a solar system on a House I was working on, He always made me smile..

  29. We are so sorry to learn of Allan’s passing. Many wonderful days in the field chasing grouse, talking dogs and watching woodcock dance in the spring. A few days in the boat, running streamers during the Rangeley ice out. What a great character and story teller. Pumpkins with the kids names in the fall were a special treat. He was a mentor, fine sportsman and was root in the love of his family. He will be missed.

    The Hatch Family

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