Dover-Foxcroft – Patrick “Pat” L. Leighton, passed away on December 19, 2021. Pat was born on July 1, 1949, in Bangor, Maine, to Clyde L. Leighton, of Willimantic, and Gertrude Stanchfield, of Monson. Pat grew up in Dover-Foxcroft and graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1967. He attended the University of Maine at Farmington, graduating in 1971, and married the love of his life, Judy, later that same year on August 14th. Pat and Judy lived in Millinocket for a few years, then returned to Dover-Foxcroft where both continued their teaching careers. Pat taught mostly fifth grade for many years, before retiring early due to Parkinson’s Disease. Pat always had a love and desire to travel. He enjoyed his retirement by taking several trips to Florida. Pat finally took a family trip to Florida where he could explore and play tour guide to his wife and daughter. A wonderful memory that he remembered for the rest of his life. Pat’s favorite job was being a father. He was so completely devoted to this role. He was always up for an adventure, playing a game at home, and he always made time for family. Pat loved to spend time socializing with his poker buddies. Growing up as an only child, he treasured this time as an adult and so looked forward to the monthly card games. He loved being “one of the guys”, showing off his quick wit, and great sense of humor. Pat will be greatly missed by everyone, especially by his daughter. Pat was predeceased by his wife, Judy, of 49years and they are now together in Heaven. Pat was also predeceased by his father, Clyde, and his mother, Gertrude. Pat is survived by his daughter, Amy of Dover-Foxcroft; his brother-in-law, Michael Collins and his wife, Arvilla, of Englewood, FL. He is also survived by several special nieces and nephews. He is also remembered by many special friends who became like family. Pat would want to be honored by listening to Willie Nelson, eating Peanut M&M’s, and to never backtrack but instead take a new road. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a service will be held at a later date in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 62, Dover-Foxcroft, ME04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.