In Memoriam : Brian Flanders Sr.
Brian M. Flanders Sr. - age: 71
(September 29, 1941 to September 10, 2013
A memorial service with military honors will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 AM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd) in Buxton (Bar Mills). Burial will be at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Raymond
BUXTON - Brian M. Flanders, Sr., age 71, of 111 Cemetary Road, went home to be with the Lord on September 10, 2013, following a period of declining health.
He was born in Lincoln, Maine on September 29, 1941, a son of Judson and Evelyn (Coffin) Flanders. Brian attended schools in Portland, graduating from Portland High School in 1959 and received his Associate's degree in Accounting from Andover College, Portland, Maine in 1983. Brian was an accomplished distance runner while competing in high school, winning many races at the Expo and was one of the best cross country runners in the State of Maine in 1959. He has the distinction of finishing a close second place overall in the prestigious Portland Boy's Club 5 mile road race in a time of 26:46 in 1959 as a high school senior.
Brian proudly served his country from 1959-1973 by enlisting in the U.S. Navy following high school graduation. Brian attained the rate of Chief Petty Officer in the short span of 10 years. He served in the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, loved his country, and was very proud to be a military veteran.
In 1961 he married Ann Marie Schaeffer and raised a family of 6 children together. Following retirement from the U.S. Navy, Brian worked at Brunswick Naval Air Station in the Civil Service as a payroll supervisor. Brian retired in 1995 and devoted his time to helping keep the food pantry fully stored at Grace Baptist Church in Portland, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and laboring at his favorite hobby, making and selling fishing lures. In his fifties, Brian was known to hop on his bicycle with trailer in tow and pedal from Portland to camp on family property in Lincoln, Maine (over 200 miles). He loved adventure and nature.
Brian was well known in his community for helping others by employing them on landscaping jobs around his property. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Brian was predeceased by his former wife Ann Marie in 2003. He is survived by his sons - Brian of Gorham and Daniel of New Gloucester, daughters - Catherine Alexander of Waterboro, Sherry Norton of Limerick, Colleen Somma of New Gloucester, Colleeta Higgins of Standish, and many grandchildren. Brian was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Darrell. Surviving siblings are brothers - Marvin of Standish, Kenneth of Portland, and sisters - Sylvia Turner-Lussier of Lady Lake, Florida, and Joyce Cook of Portland.
A memorial service with military honors will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 AM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd) in Buxton (Bar Mills). Burial will be at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Raymond. www.DCPate.com