NORWAY – Sawyer John Coleman, 43, of Norway, boarded the Enterprise spacecraft for a journey to the Last Frontier on the bright blue morning of September 8, 2021. He was born in Lewiston on March 27, 1978 during of a blizzard, and from that time he always loved winter.
As a teenager, he moved south and lived in Lake Helen, Florida, snow free after high school. Sawyer became a professional firefighter and later a paramedic. In 2002, he married Storm and became the best father in the world for his son, Spenser.
As Sawyer and Storm both hated the Florida heat, they fled north to the lands beyond the Wall. The family of three loved to play in the snow and Sawyer was especially proud when his southern son put on skis and instinctively knew what to do. (Spenser also shared Sawyer’s love for athletics.)
Sawyer snatched every bit of joy and purpose he could from his too brief life. One of his proudest moments was when he served as an officiant at the wedding of his son and daughter-in-law. He loved throwing bonfires and photography, knew how to enjoy a craft cocktail or vintage cider, looked after the family’s beloved pets, enjoyed concerts and road trips with Storm, and baked an average pie. with chocolate pecans. He also renovated his house on his own with demanding know-how over many years. There was apparently nothing Sawyer could not do, and do well. (Mainly cleaning. Sawyer loved to clean.)
Sawyer has worked in the Westbrook Fire Department, Pace Ambulance Service, United Ambulance Service and most recently Stephens Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse. As an instructor at United Ambulance, he developed a passion for teaching. He was always looking to improve his skills and training, and so during Covid he did a year of nursing school, not in class as planned, but at his kitchen table with his cats by his side. He graduated with honors from nursing school in April and immediately began working as an emergency room nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital. He came back from each shift feeling deeply fulfilled, because taking care of others was his main passion.
Sawyer’s kindness and thoughtful nature shone in every action he took, and he always took the time to lend a hand or listen to a friend in need. His generosity, his kind smile and his wise advice will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.
Sawyer is survived by his wife, Storm; their son Spenser and their daughter-in-law Alexandria; her beautiful puppy Dachshund, Sobachka, their cats Loki, Shug, Nox and Luna; and many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Sawyer loved Storm, Spenser, and Alexandria more than anything, and they loved him more than words can tell.
He is predeceased in death by his beloved grandparents Loring and Katinka; his mother Connie; and his pets that he never stopped loving or talking about; Big Gray, Bast, Bootsie and Fenris.
A memorial visit will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21 at Chandler Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, South of Paris.
A full fire service memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22 at the Deertrees Theater, 156 Deertrees Rd., Harrison.
Online condolences can be shared with his family at http://www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Sawyer loved animals and they loved him, so instead of flowers please consider donating to Responsible Pet Care in Oxford Hills. Responsiblepetcare.org
Obituary: Rita F. (Lacasse) Morency