Eldridge (Buzz) Stetson Small
SEBEC – Eldridge (Buzz) Stetson Small, born July 26, 1945 passed away June 11, 2017 while enjoying a sunny afternoon at the family camp in Sebec, Maine. Buzz married his sweetheart, Susan (Weymouth) Small on June 8, 1968 in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. After spending thirty-two years in Midland, Michigan,Susan and Buzz moved back to Maine to enjoy their retirement years.
Graduating with his engineering degrees from Wentworth Institute (Massachusetts) and Central Michigan University, Buzz worked for the Dow Chemical Company until his retirement
in 1997. After retiring, he turned his love of woodworking into a business, establishing Ashwood
Woodworking. In recent years, his hobby evolved to turning unique wood bowls on his lathe. He was a member of the Eastern Maine Woodturners Association. He was also a longtime Selectman for the town of Sebec.
Buzz was a man of few words, but when he spoke, either a wise statement or joke came out of his mouth. He was known for ‘picking’ on his grandchildren, nieces and nephews; which is why they all loved him so much. His strong work ethic and drive for excellence inspired his
daughters to become strong, self-sufficient women. And, his love for his wife was unwavering.
In addition to his wife, Susan, he will be greatly missed by his daughters, Sara (Don Grivetti) and
Jennifer (Tom Bradley) Small. His grandchildren, Jacob Kristal, Kaitlyn Kristal, Andrew Griner, Jessica (Matthew) Ackles and Colton, Blake, Spencer and Grace Grivetti and great-granddaughter, Madalynn Ackles. He is also survived by his sister, Katherine Swinton and his golden retriever, Sweetie.
Buzz was predeceased by his parents Eldridge L. and Ruth Small.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, June 17 from 3:00-5:00 at the Sebec Reading Room. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sebec Reading Room, c/o Joan Baird, 87 Sunset Ridge, Sebec, ME., 04481.