100th Birthday

Grace Church had a 100th Birthday party not long ago. Our long time usher was Centurion Harold Bragg. There was a big party at the church in Bangor Maine. A huge crowd turned out to honor him on his 100th Birthday. We all had a great get together and celebration.

Harold and his former wife Trudy were long time church members who did a great deal of volunteering. At EMMC, While Trudy was running the information desk, Harold was greeting and helping patients. Even after his wife’s passing, Harold continued to volunteer there at the hospital logging a total of 10,718 hours. Harold was also a Army Vet of WWII.

At his party, Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci presented Harold with a plaque celebrating his contributions to the community while grandson Hank Langill assisted. John Sprague also presented Harold with a Bragg Family Genealogical Report. It is interesting to note that his dad, Robert Allan Bragg is memorialized on  the window at the back of Grace Church.

 Lynn Ryan served as an entertaining MC and fun was had by all. Later in the day the party continued at Harold’s residence at Winterberry Heights where Bangor Fox News showed up and broadcast to the nightly news. Bangor Daily News also featured him on their pages. Harold lived until he was 100 1/2.

Right behind Harold in age was Anna McCluskey who made it to 98. Anna was active nearly right up until the end of her life

She also served in WWII and earned a College Degree upon returning.

Anna McCluskey at age 97 had even been a regular at the Bangor Wellness Center since about ten years earlier. She retired from Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (formerly known as BMHI, Bangor Mental Heath Institute) in the mid 80’s at the age of 67. Anna worked with fitness specialist Sheila Coleman each week. Anna’s routine includes The recumbent bike, the NuSTEP® crosstrainer, Cybex® weight equipment and balance exercises.

Anna said “I love all my workouts! They are always changing and Sheila keeps it fun. Everyone is always so nice and friendly.” Anna has recently found that a fun warm-up to her workout with Sheila is playing Wii®! Anna has an impeccable bowling record and has even been known to beat Sheila on occasion. She also enjoys Wii® baseball and sees Wii® Boxing becoming a part of her warm-up in her near future. “It’s just amazing what technology can do.” Anna says she likes coming in for her workout but enjoys the social aspect too. It has become part of her routine and she plans to continue for years to come.


#See, it pays to do your exercises.   .) I often wonder how people live to be 100 or 98. There is a saying that only the good die young. Maybe that is not exactly true. One thing Harold and Anna have in common is that both of them have spent many of their years volunteering and helping people as well as doing church work in their long lives. You be the judge. I think people can live long lives when they are productive, physically active and caring people. It may be that God wanted to keep them around as long as he could.

Discipleship Award

The Lifetime of Discipleship Award is given each year at the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Anna received the award! This award is offered in recognition of the many years of dedicated service by a lay United Methodist to the ministries, missions and prophetic callings of United Methodists in New England. She was well deserving. Honorees are committed servants of Christ within the New England Annual Conference and have made significant contributions of time and talent to Conference related activities.

Recipients of this award are asked to designate a program/mission within the connectional structure of the New England Annual Conference (including General Church and Conference Advance Specials) to receive a donation of $500.00 in honor of this award. In addition, appropriate recognitions are made at the annual session of the Conference and/or at the recipient’s local congregation.

Patricia (Paulette) Cole

October 19, 1927 – November 17, 2018

BANGOR – Patricia “Pat” (Paulette) Cole, 91, wife of the late William H Cole, passed away November 17, 2018. She was born in Brewer, Maine, October 19, 1927, one of 13 children, born to Clement and Marjorie (Sutton) Paulette Sr.
She married William Cole on February 18, 1947, at First Congregational Church of Brewer. After they were married, they lived out of state for many years. Upon returning to Maine, they owned and operated several small businesses over the years. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 50 years serving as a Communion Steward, working in the thrift shop and serving on many other committees.
Pat was an Avid Red Sox Fan and enjoyed watching and listening to the games even staying up late when they were playing on the west coast. One of her fondest memories was attending a game at Fenway Park with her church friends. She and Bill were also “Saturday Nighters” snowmobilers and spent many hours with the CB’ers Radio Club. Pat enjoyed being a great-aunt to many great-nieces and great-nephews, and was always willing to put aside whatever she was doing to babysit whenever she was needed.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Reginald, Ronald, Clement Jr., and Arthur Paulette, and five sisters, Clementine Paulette, Gloria Johnson, Marjorie Dumond, Rosemary Paulette, and Joanne McPhee.
Surviving are two brothers, Robert Paulette, and his wife, Marlene, Frank Paulette; one sister, Donna Frost and her husband, Philip; many nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Barry Cole , Judy Days, and Jean Gelinas; and stepgrandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday November21st, 2018 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Pastor Darlene Shortt, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to call 12 noon until time of service. Interment will be in Mt Hope Cemetery following the service. Gifts in her name may be sent to Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.

October 19, 1927 – November 17, 2018

Obituary for Irving V. Joy Jr.

Irving V.  Joy Jr.

The Lord has opened arms on Friday, June 1, 2018 to welcome Irving into the realm of those who have gone before, leaving those left here touched by loss. Irving was born May 2, 1934 in Bangor the youngest child of Dorothy M. Joy and Irving V. Joy. His siblings included; Martha Howland, James D. Howland, Phyllis M. H. Smith, Rev. Leslie Howland, Verna M. Parks, Alfred Merlin Joy and Bernard Irving Joy.
He was predeceased by his son, Irving V. Joy III.
He is survived by his companion in marriage, travels, and military life of 64 years Barbara N. (Sanborn) Joy. Survivors also include his son Jason Raymond Joy of Sunnyvale, CA.; daughter-in-law, Teresa Joy; niece Rebecca Sanborn, niece Cherie Weed and family; nephew, Norman Sanborn and family; sister-in-law, Beverly Sanborn; grandchildren; Patrick Joy and his wife April, Ellen Joy, William Joy; great grandchildren, Max Joy, Alex Joy, Sirus Joy, Leah Byram, and Logan Joy; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Irving served in the U.S. Air Force from ’53 to’70. He also retired from the Air National Guard in Bangor.
Irving was a member of Rising Virtue Lodge #10 A.F. & A. M. of Bangor and the Millwee Chapter #198 Order of the Eastern Star of Orrington.
He graduated from Bangor High School in the wonderful class of ’53, the members of which have been a support and are deserving of thanks. He was a golfer and ham radio enthusiast. Irving loved his camp, his dogs, Hattie and Mattie, and could fix anything he put his mind to. Irving was kind, considerate and easy to like. The hole he leaves in the fabric of our lives can only be partially filled with our memories of him. Ham Radio KC1FXD 73.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5 to 7 pm. Wednesday June 6, 2018 at Brookings-Smith 133 Center St., Bangor, where the Millwee Chapter, OES and Rising Virtue Lodge #10 will conduct memorial services at 6 pm. Wednesday.
A memorial service will be held 11 am. Thursday June 7, 2018 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Pastor Gretchen Casey, of Grace United Methodist Church, Bangor, officiating, followed by military honors.
The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., immediately following the services, Thursday.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.

Stanley Edward “Stan” Howard

Stan age 88, of Brewer, died on March 15, 2014, in Bangor, surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Frankfort, son of the late Charles and Ethel (Tozier) Howard.
He grew up in North Searsport and graduated from Searsport High School in 1943. At 17, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the infantry in Germany and Austria during World War II. After the war, inspired by a favorite uncle, he graduated from Hanson’s Barber School in Bangor, and held a barber license from 1948 until his death.
He and his wife Barbara lived in Bangor until 1984, when they moved to Brewer. For 50 years, he was a well-known barber in Hampden and Bangor, retiring in 1998. During the 1970s, lean years for barbering, he also worked for a time at Sherman Homes and for several years at New England Pipe and F.W. Webb, before returning to barbering.
He was a faithful member and long-time trustee of Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor. He was a member of the VFW, and was proud of his World War II veteran’s walking stick. He was a past member and Noble Grand of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Hampden.
Stan was a warm and gregarious person who was deeply devoted to his family, loved people and enjoyed telling stories. Knowing his rare blood type could save lives, he donated many gallons of blood through the American Red Cross. In retirement, he volunteered over 3,000 hours at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he enjoyed meeting people from all over eastern Maine. He loved the Red Sox, was an avid golfer who twice shot a hole-in-one, and enjoyed bowling with his friends at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor right up until the last days of his life.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara (McCart) Howard of Brewer; five children and their spouses, Judy and Luigi DiFilippo of Devon, Pa., Jerry and Diane Howard of Cherry Hill, N.J., Catherine and Arthur Terrill of Orono, James Howard and Lori Crow of Alexandria, Va., and Karen and Kevin Raye of Perry; seven grandchildren, Rena Ferris, Jeremy Howard, Stacey Atwood, Amy Cyr, Barry Terrill, Brandon Terrill, and Joanna Howard; 16 great-grandchildren; and many treasured nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; six siblings who died in childhood; three sisters, Agnes Williamson, Alice Lloyd, and Irene Ward, one brother, Stacey Howard; and by one great-grandson, Shaun Anthony.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Westgate Manor for their compassionate care and extraordinary kindness during the final three days of his life.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Wednesday March 19, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, with Pastor Gretchen Casey officiating. A reception will follow the funeral service at the church. Interment of his ashes will be at Bayside Cemetery in Eastport at a date to be announced. Those who wish may contribute in Stan’s memory to Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401.

July 18, 1933 – March 6, 2018

BANGOR – Beverly E. Kane went to be with the Lord on the morning of March 6, 2018, while she was a patient at Eastern Maine Medical Center. She was born on July 18, 1933, in Mt. Desert, Maine, the daughter of Emma and Henry Kane, Sr. of Surry Maine.
She attended George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, in the fall of 1948. After a very bad accident she entered George Stevens Academy again in the fall of 1952 and graduated in 1955. While there she was a member of the National Honor Society.
Beverly received her BS in Business Ed at Husson College in 1959. While at Husson she was a member of Epsilon Tau Epsilon Sorority all four years, Education Association, Ledger and Student Council. She taught Business Education at Limestone High School for one and half years (1959 to 1961) and went on to teach at Hampden Academy for thirty-two and a half years. She was the Department Chair for 23 years and retired in 1993. During those years Beverly was active in MEA, NEA, Business Education Association, MAR, and other professional organizations.
She became a Christian in 1974 and had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church for many years. She served on committees including Missions, Superintendent of Education, Advisory Council, Nominating Committee and others as needed.
Beverly is survived by a brother, Walter S. Kane; seven nephews, Scott, Christopher, Steven, Douglas, Daniel, Patrick, and James, their wives and children, and many great-nieces and nephews; cousins, Lou and Nellie Butler, Cheryl and Curtis Brown, Pat Lewis, Anita and Peter Beebe, and Jan DeMuth and Alice Leach.
She leaves behind many close friends, including Dawn P. Crocker, Rowena Clendenning, Bettie Leonard, Dawna Clapp, Richard Larrabee, Rachel Brenck, Joseph Beaulieu, Sheila Hodges, Glennis and Dana Fields, Judy Pinkham, Adam Cataldo, David Greenier, Ruth Stearns, and Richard and Jane Shaw. Her close Grace United Methodist Church friends, Nancy Soucy, Darlene Shortt, Lynn Ryan, Barbara Howard, Fran Gammons, Barbara and Irving Joy, Ray and Phyllis Knot, Annie Dudely, and Charles and Jane Weston. Beverly was predeceased by special friends, Harold Bragg, Clara Swan, and Anna McCloskey.
A Celebration of Beverly’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church, Bangor, Maine, with Pastor Gretchen Casey and CLM Darlene Shortt presiding. Interment will be held at North Bend Cemetery in Surry at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Treasurer of Trustees, 193 Union Street, Bangor, Maine 04401, or to RSU 22 Education Foundation Assn., P.O Box 115, Hampden, Maine 04444

These faithful members of Grace United Methodist Church endeavored to make it the memorable community that it was and those who also helped to spread the Word of God to the Bangor area.

HAMPDEN and BANGOR – Emerson “Tim” M. Clendenning, husband of Rowena (Littlefield) Clendenning, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jan. 9, 2007, at a Bangor health care facility. Tim was born Dec. 30, 1911, in Vanceboro, the son of Matthews and Theresa (Sucee) Clendenning. Tim had just celebrated his 95th birthday. Tim was the owner and operator of Clendenning Oil, Hampden, for more than 40 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and trapping as a young man. He especially loved fishing and spending time with his family at his camp on Moosehead Lake. He was a member of Grace Methodist Church, Bangor, where he attended with his wife, Rowena. He was a past member of the Bangor/Brewer bowling league and also enjoyed the horse races and raised several trotters of his own. Tim was a great lover of nature and especially loved his dogs, Pepper and Dee Dee. Tim was an avid gardener and enjoyed putting in and tending his flower and vegetable gardens every year. His green thumb allowed many friends and family to enjoy fresh vegetables throughout the summer and fall, and Rowena enjoyed putting up vegetables for the winter. In his later years, he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and wild turkeys that roamed freely in his yard. Tim was very generous with his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be fondly remembered for his wit and great sense of humor. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Rowena (Littlefield) Clendenning of Hampden; three children, E. Gale Clendenning of Veazie, Brenda Smith and her husband, Paul, of Lincoln and Colby Clendenning and his wife, Donna, of Hampden; a brother, Douglas Clendenning and his wife, Fern, of Bangor. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Timothy Jameson, Eric Jameson, Michael Clendenning, Kevin Clendenning, Karen Nash, Rebecca Smith, Angela Carter, Pamela Carter and Tiffany Voyou. He was further blessed with nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Tim was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Wheeler and Thelma Clendenning; and three brothers, Donald, Colby and Merrril Clendenning. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Grace Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, where Tim’s life will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, with the Rev. Kathy Macedo, pastor, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments Saturday after the service at the Grace Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Grace Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401 or The Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.

BANGOR – Gertrude “Trudy” Bragg, 90, wife of 56 years to Harold M. Bragg, died Oct. 28, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1917, in Bangor, the daughter of Leslie G. York and Alice (Shaw) York. Shortly after her birth her parents moved to Massachusetts, and returned to Bangor in 1932. Trudy graduated from Bangor High School in 1935 and then Gilman Commercial School. She worked as the host of It’s a Woman’s World local television talk show in the early 1960s, one of the first in the nation. She worked in many different offices in Bangor and in 1968, she and her husband entered the motel business in Texas, and Arkansas, returning to Bangor in 1984. Trudy was employed as secretary at Fox and Ginn, a job she thoroughly enjoyed for many years. She was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she played the organ for many years and served in many other capacities in the church. She served as president for two years and then as chair of the board of the Methodist Conference Home, Rockland. Trudy loved her association with the Bangor-Brewer Christian Women’s Club. She volunteered at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she worked at the information desk for 23 years. Trudy was a member of Excelsior Rebecca Lodge. Surviving, in addition to her husband, Harold, are one daughter, Sandra L. Gordon of Tyler, Texas; three granddaughters, Audrey K. Weaster of Las Vegas, Kelly Walden of Bangor and Karen Conner of Bullard, Texas; seven great-grandchildren, Shanna, Tonya, Marcus, Chase, Brianna, Courtney, who had a very special relationship with her great-grandmother, and Judson; five great-great-grandchildren, Anthony, Donovan, Trey, Devin and Nathan; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Treworgy. The family expresses their gratitude to her hospice nurse, Nancy, for her loving care shown to Trudy and the family, as well as to all her wonderful friends for their caring and concern. A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Grace United Methodist Church, Bangor, with the Rev. Kathy Macedo, pastor officiating. The family invites relatives and friends for refreshments after the service in the church hall. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Those wishing to remember Trudy in a special way may contribute in her memory to Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 193 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brooings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.

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