Houlton community mourns passing of iconic downtown book store owner

HOULTON, Maine — Lynn York of Houlton wore many hats in his lifetime, but it was his passion for the community of Houlton that most remember about him.

His warm smile and desire to see the town grow drew generations to his family’s book store in downtown Houlton for nearly five decades. He was also an integral part of bringing a number of famous performers to southern Aroostook County through his work with the Houlton Fair.

In an age before the internet, the quaint bookshop started by York’s parents was the quintessential place to stay up to date on national events, thanks in part to a large selection of newspapers and magazines the store carried. It was also the spot to purchase books, comic books, greeting cards and gifts. York died unexpectedly in his Houlton home Monday, April 11, at the age of 77.

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