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NORWAY – Living in a small town for most of his life and serving the people of the community has given Chris Weston a sense of connectedness and an appreciation of the Oxford Hills.
Q: Where were you born and where were you brought up?
A: I was born in Damariscotta and lived there until I was around six years old. I then moved to Norway and have lived here my entire live.
Q: Do you have many siblings?
A: I have one brother, Eben Hobbs.
Q: What did your parents do?
A: My biological father worked as a chemist for Central Maine Power at a power plant in Wiscasset; he died when I was just 17. My mother worked at Norway Savings Bank for a few years.
Q: What was it like growing up?
A: It was the best time of my life. As a kid growing up in the Norway area I felt safe and secure no matter what time of day I was out on the town.
Q: Was there anything you wanted to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a millionaire, but soon found out that wasn’t going to happen. I really wanted to be a coach, but I ended up in the funeral profession.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I graduated from Oxford Hills High School and later from New England Institute in Boston, which was a school for becoming a funeral director.
Q: Did you get into mischief or play pranks?
A: I really didn’t get into mischief; I played a lot of sports, which occupied most of my time. I do remember one time I tore some clapboards off our neighbor’s house and Deli Guilford, who was the police chief at the time, came to my door and asked if I had anything to do with it. I owned up to it, so we just had to replace the clapboards.
Q: What have you had for jobs?
A: I have been in the funeral profession most of my life except I worked for CMP and Hobbs Clothing for a short time.
Q: When and how did you meet your spouse?
A: I was divorced and later married the former Valerie Brown Colley. She was a classmate of mine.
Q: What did you do for work when you got married?
A: I was a funeral director for Raymond’s Funeral Home in Norway.
Q: Do you have any children?
A: I have three wonderful children and seven grandchildren. Mark, who is a funeral director in Portland, Greg, who operates Gracelawn Memorial Park, a crematory in Auburn and my daughter, Jodi McAllister, who lives in Texas and teaches school there. I also have two stepsons, Steve Colley, who lives in Lewiston and Mike Colley who lives in Norway and owns a Kawasaki dealership in South Paris.
Q: What subject do you wish you knew more about?
A: A cure for cancer in humans.
Q: Did you do much traveling?
A: Not a lot, we go on a cruise once in awhile and to the Caribbean.
Q: Which place was the most fascinating and why?
A: I think Aruba because of the culture there. The people seem so happy all the time, that might be because the tourists are spending all their money there.
Q: Did anyone influence you to the point of changing your direction in life?
A: My coaches that I had while playing sports had a great influence on my life.
Q: Do you collect anything or have a hobby?
A: I’m a pilot, so I like collecting anything to go with aviation.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: Dragons and Elephants
A: I belong to the Masons and the Second Congregational Church in Norway.
Q: What is the one thing you would not give up?
A: All the memories of my life growing up in a small town.
Q: What is the one thing you would happily do over again?
A: Marry my wife, Val.
Q: What was the best memory this interview brought back?
A: It brought back so many wonderful childhood memories.
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: That I’m trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and most of all reverent.
Q: Last day on earth, what would you do and with whom?
A: I would see the movie Titanic with Val.
Q: If anyone could walk in right now, whom would you most like to see?
A: My grandparents.
Q: What scares you the most?
A: What’s going to happen to Mother Earth in the future and I worry about the future for the grandchildren.
Q: Any regrets?
A: I have no regrets in my life.
Q: Any heroes?
A: My mother.