Malcolm Lyons, a master electrician, who worked for Central Maine Power for over 30 years and had a passion for the outdoors, died on Tuesday. He was 97.

He was a loving husband of Mary Lyons, who died in late January – less than three weeks shy of their 76th wedding anniversary. Since her passing, all Lyons wanted was to be with his wife again.

“He missed mom,” said their daughter, Patricia Buck, of Windham. “He wanted to be with mom. It’s all he talked about. He missed her terribly.”

As reported in Mrs. Lyon’s Feature Obituary in January, their love story began in the mid-1930s. A Lubec native, he served in the Coast Guard from 1937 to 1940 and was stationed in Biddeford Pool, where he met his wife. The couple exchanged love letters during his time in the service. On Feb. 5, 1938, they were married at the Windham Hill Parsonage. They settled in Windham, where they raised five children and three foster children.

“He was a very easy going guy and a wonderful father,” his daughter said. “He loved kids. The more the merrier.”

Buck remembered their early years Thursday when he built an ice skating rink for them and skated with them. She talked about the summers they spent at the family camp on Sebago Lake. He built another camp in northern Lubec overlooking the ocean. The family spent time at both camps over the past 50 years or so. Both camps are in the family today. Buck said her father loved to swim and sit on his deck and play the guitar. She said he enjoyed family gatherings.

“The day school ended, we would head to Sebago Lake and stay till Labor Day. It was fun. We were really lucky,” Buck said.

Mr. Lyons was a master electrician, who worked for Central Maine Power for 30 years. For more than half his career, he was the lead operator at the North Gorham Power Station. Buck said he was a good provider for the family. She said he would often pick up second jobs like landscaping, carpentry or electrical work.

Mr Lyons had a passion for the outdoors. He was a registered Maine Guide and enjoyed hunting in the fall.

He was also a storyteller. He often told stories about his early years in Lubec – walking 10 miles to school and shaking hands with Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“He lived a very long life,” Buck said.