HAVERHILL — Earle L. Foster Sr., 81, died peacefully at home on Friday, September 20, 2013, after a brief illness.
Born on March 7, 1932, in Swampscott, he was the son of the late Robert and Dora (Mc Diarmid) Foster. He was a graduate of Saugus High School, and received his bachelor's degree in engineering from San Diego State University. He worked as a field service representative for Bath Iron Works in Maine until his retirement in 1997, and previously for GE River Works in Lynn.
Earle enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952, and proudly served our country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1954. Earle traveled worldwide throughout his career, and was an avid golfer, who enjoyed playing on many different courses around the world.
He is survived by his son, Earle L. Foster Jr. and his wife, Debra, of Acton, Maine; his daughter, Kathleen A. Ricker of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Jeffrey M. Ricker, Kelly F. Ricker and Gabriel M. Foster; two great-grandchildren, Samantha C. Ricker and Stone F. Ricker; one sister, Norma Oliver of Creston, British Columbia; one brother, Robert Foster and his wife, Shirley, of Ipswich; former wife, Bertha Foster of Georgetown; and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his two sisters, Frances Lizzo and Phyllis Rollins; one brother, Roy Foster; two brothers-in-law, George Oliver and Rudy Lizzo.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services for Earle will be privately held at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements are under the direction of the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill, Mass. For more information, or to send condolences, please visit, www.linnehan-grondin.com.