West Gardiner-Cedric Devon Novy, 64, of West Gardiner perished silently on June 23, 2015 in his home, hand in hand with his daughter, and wife and son close. Following a recent diagnosis of a rare cancer, Cedric’s expiry came swiftly only seven weeks later. Born to Carol Jean Novy of Farmville NC and Vance Williams of Greenville, NC on October 2, 1950, Novy’s dash in life lead him to the United States Air Force which included service in Southeast Asia, and later his loving wife Ellen M. Novy who he is survived by, and shared 40 years, 5 months, and 13 days of marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Dawn M. Novy of Gulf Breeze, Florida, son Lee C. Novy and wife Stephanie and three extraordinary grandsons Hunter, Marcus and Brandon of Fayetteville, NC-a family with which he carried insurmountable pride.
Novy is survived by his mother Carol Jean Novy of Farmville, NC, Maternal Siblings: Regina Novy of Virginia Beach, VA, and Veronica Novy of Jamaica, NY; Paternal Siblings: Renee Williams and wife Edie of Torrington, CT, Loressa Julius and husband Rick of Hebron, CT, Eric Williams of Torrington, CT, Leron Williams and wife Deidre Williams of Torrington, CT, Murray Williams and Isabel Villar of Naugatuck, CT. Novy is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many of whom he favored and loved as they were his own sons and daughters.
Novy’s 64 year dash included attendance at the University of Maine at Augusta where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor Degree in Public Administration. He worked at the Veterans Administration at Togus, and for the US Postal Service, retiring with 39 years of Federal Service. In that time, Novy also attended the Maine Military Academy, and joined the Maine Army National Guard, retiring in 2010 as Lieutenant Colonel with 33 years of service.
Cedric had an early passion for flight. As a youth he attended a private Aviation High School in New York where he was raised. Later, as a father, full time student, and full time federal employee, he attained a private pilot’s license. In the years following Cedric could be seen flying small float planes across the state of Maine, even landing the vessels on Maranacook Lake and Kennebec River from time to time.
Cedric discovered new purpose after becoming a Mason in 2009. His Masonic memberships to the Kennebec, Morningstar and Bethlehem Lodges over the past six years have included various offices. The brotherhood was a natural fit for Novy who quickly became trusted, admired and respected. Prior to his death, Novy served as the current President of the Abnaki Club and was recently selected as Grand Sword Bearer for the Grand Lodge of Maine; an appointment which stunned him and truly humbled him.
Novy’s legacy includes service in the US military, service to his community, his beautiful home and family, yet the greatest impact he will have on everyone that knew him and what he will most widely be remembered for is his strong silent way, his willingness to help anyone in need whether they knew it or not, his work ethic, his humor and incredible smile. He was loved and will be missed by many.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Saturday, June 27th from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will take place on Sunday, June 28th at 10am at the funeral home with Masonic and Military Honors.
In Cedric’s memory donations may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.