ELLSWORTH — Family friends and the community stepped up to make sure a 97-year-old World War II veteran in Ellsworth gets to keep his beloved home.
“The most important thing for him is that he wants to leave it to his family you know he doesn’t want it taken away,” said Carol Lyons, a friend of WWII vet.
Carol Lyons, a friend of WWII vet Joey Comeau, started the process of getting his home back in May.
“I went to the city of Ellsworth and they did tell me that the home had been foreclosed on and that he was quite aways, thousands of dollars in arrears on a tax debt,” said Lyons.
Lyons said after his story got attention people from all over Maine started donating through Comeau’s “gofundme” page. She said they raised over $6,500 while not enough to cover everything the city stepped in to help.
“I went and then filed for veterans exemptions and homestead exemptions which he had no knowledge of and got those put through,” said Lyons.
“It was quite a battle holy moly but here we are it is a little bit of success. Sometimes we don’t win but sometimes we do,” said Christopher Fleming, member of Gary Owen Motorcycle Club.
Club member Christopher Fleming said Gary Owen Motorcycle Club members help vets across Maine to ensure safety, health, and well-being. They held a bbq fundraiser for Comeau’s at the house back in May.
“Just remember to take care of the vets that took care of us when they’re in need. And if you’re a vet out there who needs some help speak up,” said Herald Duke, member of Gary Owen Motorcycle Club.
Family members said it wouldn’t have been possible to save his home without everyone’s input.
“There are more people out there in his position and I hope that they can take advantage of this, even if they need someone to help them all they need to do is let us know,” said Vivian Comeau, family member.
Town officials will have Comeau’s quitclaim deed ready for the family to pick up in a couple of weeks.