Born Ernest Elbridge Child, for most of his life, the Rumford native has gone by the nickname, “Bo.”
“When I was a little kid, my father called me Bozo,” he said, laughing. “Throughout the years it kind of morphed to Bobo and finally, Bo.”
Child is the second oldest of three sisters and two brothers and said his childhood was good; he recalls six grades of school being educated in one room.
Following in Dad's Footsteps
As a junior in high school he wanted to enlist in the Army – his father and an uncle had both served in the Marine Corps. He served from 1968 to 1971 and completed two tours in Vietnam where he was a demolition specialist.
Once being honorably discharged from the military, Child worked in the woods of Maine, cutting and hauling logs. Later, he worked for Irving Forest Products where he was a crane operator.
Child was married in 1984 to a twin; Norma passed away in 2013.
Child found great company and loyalty throughout the years with different dogs he owned. Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes - South Paris, he very much enjoys visits from canine volunteers. Child even keeps a box of dog treats in his room and in his pockets should a furry friend happen to pass by.
Child is Veteran of the Month for April at MVH South Paris. Thank you for your service, Bo.
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