Houlton Community Mourns Passing of Iconic Downtown Bookstore Owner

HOULTON, Maine — Lynn York of Houlton has played many roles in her life, but it was her passion for the Houlton community that she remembers most about him.

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

In a time before the Internet, the quaint bookstore founded by York’s parents was the quintessential place to stay up-to-date on national events, thanks in part to the store’s large selection of newspapers and magazines. It was also the place to buy books, comics, greeting cards and gifts. York died unexpectedly at his Houlton home on Monday, April 11 at the age of 77.

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