The Centurion

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

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 double window at the back of Grace Church.

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 in his early nineties logging a total of 10,718 hours. There is a good chance no one else who lived that long has ever volunteered as much of their free time! It could have made national news but of course it did not. Harold was also a U.S. Army Vet of WWII and was a humble guy who did not seek the limelight. For us, it was a pleasure to have known him. He is over in Mt. Hope among other war veterans and distinguished Bangor citizens.

Harold M. Bragg

Harold M. Bragg

Bangor – Harold M. Bragg, 100, passed away September 28, 2016, at the home of his granddaughter Kelly Walden. He was born January 10, 1916, in Stacyville, Maine. Predeceased by his wife, Trudy Bragg. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1934.
Harold then enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed overseas. Returning home he became a barber on Warren Street in Bangor. In 1968 he entered the motel business in Texas and Arkansas returning back to Bangor in 1984. They were long time members of Grace United Methodist Church where they were both very active. He served in many capacities within the church. He volunteered at Eastern Maine Medical Center for 31 years delivering flowers and cards. Also involved with delivering Meals for Me.
Surviving is one step daughter Sandra Lowe Gordon of Largo, FL; one sister Dorothy Treworgy of Veazie; nephew, Richard and his children Jody and Jane; three granddaughters Audrey Weaster of Richmond TX, Kelly Walden and husband Hank Langill of Bangor, and Karen Conner of Bullard TX. Seven great-grandchildren, Shanna, Tonya, Marcus, Chase, Brianna of Texas, Courtney who had a special relationship with her grandparents, and Judson of Orono; great-great grandchildren, Logan Coltart of Orono, Trey, Devin, Nathan, Anthony, Donovan, and Nicholas all of Texas. He was also predeceased by Matthew Rios.
The family gives special thanks to his hospice nurse, Deb for his care and for the thoughtfulness of the family.
A celebration of Harold’s life to be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday October 4, 2016, at the Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor with pastor, Gretchen Casey, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the Church fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Interment will with Military Honors will be held in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those willing to remember Harold in a special way may contribute in his memory to Grace United Methodist Church memorial fund, 193 Union Street Bangor 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at Published on October 1, 2016 To plant a tree in memory of Harold M. Bragg, please visit Tribute Store.

 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 99. Anna was active nearly right up until the end of her life and even gave the sermon at Grace Church when she was 97.

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. She retired from Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (formerly known as 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 99. 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.

Anna  (Hughes) McCloskey
  • Anna (Hughes) McCloskey | Obituary | Bangor Daily News Bangor – Anna (Hughes) McCloskey, 99, died peacefully on May 7, 2017. Born in Bangor on February 27, 1918, she was the daughter of Murty Francis and Myrtle Mae (Woodbury) Hughes.
  • Anna was a model of humility, selflessness and grace. Her writings were eloquent, poignant and personal. Her energy, imagination, generosity and love of life influenced many lives, young and old. She was a person of faith with a genuine care for others and an orientation to be a true servant of God.
  • Anna will be remembered by her children, Edward L. McCloskey III and Anna Jane Anderson; sister, Faith (Hughes) Fletcher; United Methodist Friends, co-workers of Bangor Mental Health Institute and members of Women Are Veterans Too.
  • A gathering to celebrate Anna’s life will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Friday, June 23, 2017, at 11a.m. with military honors. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Superintendent’s Lodge, State Street entrance, Bangor. Following the service, the family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor.

HAMPDEN – Rowena Ellen (Littlefield) Clendenning, 95 ½, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 4, 2019, at Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln following declining health as a result of Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was born March 7, 1924 in Newburgh, the daughter of Francis E. and Hazel E. (Bean) Littlefield.

Following graduation from Bangor High School, Rowena went to Washington, DC during WWII to work for the war effort. Upon returning home from Washington she was reacquainted with Tim Clendenning while attending a Hampden Grange dance with her sister. When entering the Grange hall that night, Tim was standing just inside the door and said to Rowena, “Hey! Are you married yet?” to which she replied, “No,” “then let’s dance!” said Tim and they continued to dance together for the next 62 years.

Rowena was a woman of strong faith and lived her life as a follower and believer of Jesus Christ. She was a longtime active member of Grace Methodist Church of Bangor where she volunteered for many of the ancillary women’s groups and activities. Rowena had a love for gardening, crafts and nature. She was known by many as the card lady, faithfully sending personalized and heartwarming holiday cards, always remembering her family and friends’ special occasions. Rowena enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the family camp on Harford’s Point, Moosehead Lake. She had fond memories and shared stores of her time working on the campaign of former Maine Governor James Longley. Later in her life, she would spend time visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and volunteering at Bangor Mental Health Institute. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Emerson “Tim” Clendenning; brothers, Newell and Sherwell Littlefield; a sister, Christina Hamor; and her best friend, Beverly Kane. She is survived by a brother, Edwin Nason and his wife Gail, of Swan Lake, and her children; E. Gale Clendenning of Veazie, Brenda Smith and her husband Paul, of Lincoln, Colby Clendenning and his wife, Donna of Hampden, and Bambi McGaw of Arizona, who Rowena thought of as a daughter. Additionally, she is survived by nine grandchildren; Tim & Eric Jameson, Karen Williams, Rebecca Smith, Mike & Kevin Clendenning, Angie & Pamm Carter and Tiffany Voyou. 18 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Beacon Hospice in Bangor and Lincoln, Colonial Healthcare and Loving Touch In-Home Care for the genuine love, care and support given to Rowena and the entire family during these past six months.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 10-11 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., with Dr. Steve Smith, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bangor, officiating. A spring interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor.

Those wishing to remember Rowena in a special way, may consider a donation in her memory to any of the following organizations who cared for her so lovingly: Beacon Hospice, 289 State St Ste B, Bangor, ME 04401, Colonial Healthcare, 36 Workman Terrace, Lincoln ME 04457, or Loving Touch In-Home Care, 263 State St #35, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

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

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

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.

Marguerite C. Buzzell, 85, passed away after a brief illness at a Bangor healthcare center on December 27, 2019. She was born in Brewer on September 12, 1934, the daughter of Robert K. Connor and step-mom, Viola Connor.
She began her working career at Eastern Trust and Banking, Co. on State Street in Bangor where she met Norman W. Buzzell. The two were married on August 16, 1959. She continued working at the bank until they started their family, when she became a devoted mother to their two sons. Marguerite was very involved in the Grace United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, handbell choir, and the United Methodist Women’s Association. After transferring to the Bangor First United Methodist Church she volunteered at My Friend’s Place up until she was no longer able.
Marguerite is survived by her sons, James Buzzell and his wife, Kelly, and Andrew Buzzell and his wife, Stephanie; three grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren, and another on the way; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman.
A memorial service will be held 11 am, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Bangor First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor, with Dr. Steve Smith, pastor, officiating, immediately followed by a reception in the Family Room of the church. Those who wish to remember Marguerite in a special way are encouraged to make gifts in her memory to, My Friend’s Place, 703 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Joan R. Verrill

WINTERPORT & BANGOR Joan R. Verrill, 90, died June 11, 2017 at her home in Bangor. She was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Carmel, the daughter of Lester and Margaret (Nickerson) Verrill. Joan graduated from Winterport High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Farmington State Teacher’s College in 1948, now the University of Maine, Farmington. She later earned a Master’s of Education from the University of Maine, Orono in 1955. Joan taught in the Bangor Public Schools for 35 years and later at Hilltop School in Bangor. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Bangor where she was active in the work of the church for many years. Joan enjoyed working with children, gardening and all of her church activities. She will be missed by many family and friends. Services will be private and burial will be at a later date. Arrangements by Kiley &Foley; Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.

BANGOR- Rev. Sidney E. Buzzell, 85, died August 24, 2010, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was born in Guilford, July 25, 1925, son of Harold and Ethel (Strickland) Buzzell.
He attended Guilford schools and then graduated from Sangerville High School, class of 1943. Following high school Sid enlisted in the US Army, HQ Battery 692nd Field Artillery. He served as Staff Sergeant in the European Theater, having landed on Utah Beach in 1944 as part of the D-Day Invasion.

After returning home from the war he and his father owned and operated H.E. Buzzell and Son Market in Sangerville until 1969. He served as a supply pastor for several years while he attended Boston School of Theology becoming ordained as a Methodist Minister in the early seventies. Sid served in several parishes in central Maine, including East Corinth and West Corinth Methodist Churches, Grace Methodist Church in Bangor, and Guilford United Methodist Church, retiring to Bangor in 1993.

He was a Past Master and 50 year member of Abner Wade Masonic Lodge, and a 50 year member of the Susie Carr Chapter of the OES, both in Sangerville. After retiring from the pastorate, Sid was very active with the troop greeters at Bangor International Airport, the YMCA cardiac program, and volunteered at the Alzheimer’s day center called My Friends Place.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Loane) Buzzell of Bangor; 2 daughters, Helen Feldman and her husband, Howard of Auburn, and Jeanne Cookson and her husband, David of Guilford; 5 grandchildren, Lane Feldman and his wife, Anna of Auburn, Adam Feldman and his wife, Rebecca of VT, Scott Feldman and his wife, Dawn of Auburn, Rachel Hutchins and her husband, Sam of Parkman, and Daniel Cookson of Dexter; 8 great grandchildren, Ben, Morgan, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Sydney, Sarah, Brandon, and Kaitlyn; 2 brothers, Norman Buzzell and his wife, Marguerite of Bangor, and Sterling Buzzell and his wife, Barbara of PA; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Friday, August 27, 2010, at First Methodist Church, Essex Street in Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Randall Chretien officiating.

Graveside committal services with military honors will be held at 3 PM Friday, at the Village Cemetery in Sangerville with Pastor Stephen Dean and members of Abner Wade Masonic Lodge officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the various churches that he served in central Maine.


Lloyd E. Willey ’56 – Bowdoin College Obituaries ­

Condolences to the family may be expressed at – Lloyd E. Willey passed away peacefully at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor, Maine, on November 6, 2017, following a long illness. Lloyd was born on September 19, 1934 in Cherryfield, Maine, to parents James A. “Jim” and Esther E. Willey. Lloyd moved with his family to Topsham, Maine in 1936, where his father began his career in the vending business with Canteen. A short time later, the family was on the move again to Springfield, Massachusetts, where Lloyd grew up and where his Dad managed the Canteen Vending Company operation until the Spring of 1951. His father then purchased the northern Maine franchise territory of the company and operated out of a modest former cow barn in Bangor. This was the humble beginning of the Willey Canteen-Maine franchise, which would eventually provide vending and food services to hundreds of accounts in every county in the state of Maine. This remarkable family business would endure for 66 years and four generations of the Willey family. Lloyd graduated from Bangor High School in 1952, and then Bowdoin College in 1956. He was an avid competitive swimmer during his high school and college years. After Bowdoin, he entered the U.S. Army as a counter-intelligence officer until he returned to the family business in 1958. Lloyd helped his father with the move from Springfield and with the construction of two new, bigger Canteen facilities between 1960 and 1968. Lloyd then took over management of the business from his father in April of 1976. That same year, Lloyd was elected to the Bangor City Council, where he served for three years – and the last year as Mayor. Lloyd’s brother, Jim Willey, Jr., and son, Lloyd Jr. “Bud” were now working in the business. In 1981, they purchased the southern Maine franchise territory from the parent Canteen Vending Company. The Willeys had now expanded their core services from vending only, to a complete foodservice company, with manual cafeterias, executive dining services and catering that often served thousands of guests. Lloyd’s other son Jamie then joined the family team to help with the rapid growth in sales and marketing over the next ten years. Lloyd was very proud of his Cherryfield and Bowdoin College roots, but the business was his everyday passion. However, his family always came first. He gave his children and grandchildren the best opportunity that he could for their education. His advice to them was simple: “Try your hardest to do the best that you can.” Lloyd loved Bangor and was relentless in making his community better. His more than fifty years of public and charitable service began in 1960, when he joined the Board of the Bangor YMCA; and he later served as the State “Y” president. In 1968, Lloyd was named one of Maine’s Outstanding Young Men by the Jaycees. He was past-president of the United Way of Bangor and of the Pine Tree Vending Association, and Vice-President of the Bangor Rotary Club. He also served as a trustee of Grace Methodist Church, Husson College, Eastern Maine Medical Center, YMCA Foundation, Susan Curtis Foundation, and Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church. Lloyd also served as a director of Northeast Bank, United Cerebral Palsy, the Counseling Center, Bangor Center Development Corporation, Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Maine Aspiration Foundation. He was a member of the Rising Virtue Lodge #10 AF & AM and Anah Shriners for more than fifty years. Under Lloyd’s leadership, Canteen was honored with the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in 1992, and he received the Bangor Chamber’s Norbert X. Dowd Award in 2001. Most recently Lloyd was honored by the Bangor YMCA as Legend of the Year on their 150th anniversary. Lloyd was very proud of these life accomplishments that recognized his effort and contribution to his employees, business and community. Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of thirty-two years, Jaciel Willey, and his children – Lloyd “Bud” Willey Jr. and wife Jennifer, Linda Nye and husband Alan, Laurel Thompson and husband Rolfe, James “Jamie” Willey and wife Cathy Steele, Jennifer Algieri and husband Frank, step-son Matthew Mandeville and wife Miko – and by his sister Susan McKay and wife Patti Woolley, his sister Beverly Loring and husband Peter, his brother James “Jim” Willey and wife Barbara, his brothers-in-law Norman Bateman and wife Cindi, Steven Bateman, Wayne Bateman and wife Mary, his step-brother Bill Hunt and wife Cheryl – and his first wife, Helen Willey. Lloyd had ten grandchildren that he loved very much, Aaron, Rob and Ali Nye, Nicole, Michael, and Danielle Willey, Harrison and Sarah Thompson, Josh Willey, Wave Mandeville, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lloyd was a wonderful father and there are not enough words to explain the impact Lloyd/Dad had on so many lives. We will cherish the memories shared, the love that he gave to all his family and friends, and how we will miss him so much. The family would like to thank all of the thoughtful healthcare workers from the Maine Veteran’s Home and Premiere Home Care for all the loving care that they gave to him.

Shirley Libby Obituary – Bangor, Maine | Brookings-Smith Shirley Maxine (Fields) Libby, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior, June 9, 2015. She was born July 3, 1934, in Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Elbert and Kay (Doughty) Fields. Shirley was a graduate of the Maine Central Institute. She worked for a time at Dunn and Bradstreet and then worked 34 years for the Bangor Public Library as Head of Acquisitions. Shirley was a long time faithful servant for the Grace United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She is survived by a sister, Rachel Brenckman; brother, Dana Fields; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; four step-children and their spouses; several grandchildren; lifelong friend, Beverly Kane. Shirley was predeceased by her husband of 24 years, Lloyd Libby; brother, Elbert Jr.; sisters Lois (Min) Savard and Rita Fields; grandsons, Jake and Corwin Libby. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday July 3, 2015 at Brookings-Smith 133 Center Street, Bangor followed by a graveside committal at the Maplewood Cemetery, Cape Road in Standish. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10:00am until time of service on Friday. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Bangor Public Library 145 Harlow Street Bangor, Maine 04401 or the Alzheimer’s Association 383 US Route One, Suite 2C Scarborough, Maine 04074. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

HERMON – Thelma M. Chandler, 89, died peacefully after a brief illness December 8, 2014, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born in Greenfield Park, Montreal, P.Q. February 19, 1925, the daughter of Theodore and Ethel (Wilson) Mitchell. She was a graduate of the Royal George School and Business College.
Thelma married Glendon Chandler in April of 1949. The newly married couple lived in Lubec where Thelma was employed at the Bar Harbor Bank of Lubec. Later she and Glendon moved to Bangor where they resided on Larkin Street for many years. Thelma was employed by the Bangor School Department where she was a noon aide at the Vine Street School for a number of years prior to her retirement. Thelma thoroughly enjoyed the many summers at the family cottage on Pushaw Lake. She had numerous friends with whom she enjoyed many evenings playing cards. Thelma attended Grace Methodist Church in Bangor, and was a proud member of the Red Hat Society.
In addition to her parents and her husband who died in 2012, Thelma was predeceased by her 3 brothers. She is survived by her two daughters, Lois Chandler-Cousins and husband Ron of Elizabethtown, KY, and Lynn Chandler of Glenburn.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with Pastor Gretchen Casey officiating. Interment will be in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Hermon. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

BAR HARBOR & NEWPORT – Evelyn F. MacGown, 94, formerly of Camp Benson, Newport, passed away December 24, 2002 at a Bar Harbor health care facility. She was born May 21, 1908 at Bangor a daughter of Frank and Jessie (Stearns) Friend. She graduated from high school and business college, and had been employed for many years by the Veterans Administration at Togus. She was also a co-owner and office manager of Commercial Communications, as well as a part-time medical secretary. Evelyn was a 50-year member of Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor, and the People’s United Methodist Church in Newport, where she sang in both choirs. Evelyn was one oftwelve founders of Eastern Maine Friends of Retarded Children and served many years as its president. She was a member of the Nokomis Chapter # 42 Order of The Eastern Star of Newport and was also a past member of the Bangor-Brewer Soroptimist Club of Bangor. She was asked by the National Education Association Journal to write the story “Stevie’s Teacher”, which was published in December 1955. She was predeceased by her husband Lauris, and a son Stephen.

She is survived by a son, Douglas of Bar Harbor; a niece Carol Friend; a nephew Larry Friend; and her dear friends, Betty White and Sylvia Marson Young. Evelyn spent her life giving of herself to the betterment of others. She was a devoted wife and mother and her cheerful and serene disposition made it easy and pleasurable for her family and friends to confide in her. She will be missed.

There will be no calling hours.A memorial service will be held at a future date. Interment will be in the family lot, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Memorial contributions may be made to H.O.M.E., Inc.,Orland, ME 04472. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home,Newport.

The Rev. Betty L. Higgins, 75, of Elkhart, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Elkhart.

She was born April 23, 1937, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, to Clinton and Thelma (Murch) Higgins.

Survivors include a son, Frank (Sandy) McKusick of Cambridge, Minn.; two daughters, Pam (Jim) Wood of Elkhart and Kathleen (Ivan Sam) Martin of Waterville, Maine; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Betty was a 1988 graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine, where she received a Master of Divinity degree.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor.

Betty was a gifted musician and enjoyed playing music for many years. In addition to being a published author, she enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union Street, Bangor, Maine.