HERMON - Andre Emerson "Buddy" Cushing Jr., 80, husband of Jane Purcell Cushing, died Dec. 4, 2013, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born July 19, 1933, in Bangor, son of Andre Emerson and Grace Webber Cushing Sr.
Andre attended Bangor High School and graduated from Higgins Classic Institute in 1951. He served three years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
, where he trained in food service and chemical warfare. After his military service, he worked for the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office, then went on to attend the University of New Brunswick, Canada, for Forest Management, receiving an Associate Degree. He then attended Eastern Maine Technical Institution for Food management and received an Associate Degree. From 1961 to 1984 he and his wife built and ran a summer campground with their children in the Maine woods on Ripogenus Lake called "Cushing's Allagash Gateway Campground." He was a Registered Maine Guide and spent lots of time exploring the woods of Northern Maine and guiding people to his favorite fishing spots, which were all a secret. In the winter he held cooking jobs at local area restaurants. Bud retired from several career but was always ready to lend a hand. After a conversation with a friend about their trouble finding good help, he started working for Darling's delivering parts for their company and developed a whole circle of new friends while also renewing some old connections. He was a member of the Jaycee's, Shrine, Masons, Kiwanis, the Bangor City Club and the Peony Society of Maine. Andre was as a constant supporter of his wife's volunteer work with organizations in the community and when she managed political campaigns. He took some of his great joys in family and the outdoors. His family will always remember his great meals, whether a cookout or a holiday celebration, Bud always could be counted on for a good meal. During the time at the campground he was known for his chicken barbeques, and his secret seasoning was very much part of the experience. As the family grew he passed on the tradition and many of his cooking tips to another generation. His time later was spent enjoying time in garden and blueberry patch in Hermon, travelling with his wife and at camp (on Ripogenus Lake), he truly enjoy the friendships that developed later in life and looked forward to dinners with family and friends or his summer lunch journeys to Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound with his good friend, Marty.
It has been said, you can measure the character of a person by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. Bud's demonstrated this through his life. He was kind, patient and compassionate. Dogs and cats were always glad to see him, and he usually had a treat in hand for them.
He leaves his wife, Jane Purcell Cushing; two sons, Senator Andre Emerson Cushing III and his wife, Gwen, of Hampden, and Vincent Webber Cushing and his wife, Heidi, of Windham; one daughter, Laura Ann Cushing of Hermon; a brother, Charles Richmond Cushing and his wife, Alice, of Fairfield; a sister, Ruth Cushing of Leominster, Mass.; and six grandchildren, Grace Cushing of Land O Lakes, Fla., Brittany Bachelder of Elmira, N.Y., Andre Emerson Cushing IV and Gerald Cushing both of Hampden, and Hayley and Jacob Cushing of Windham.
Family and friends may visit 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor, where a service honoring his life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Burial with military honors will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those attending the burial are asked to gather at 12:45 p.m. at the cemetery office, State Street entrance. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Learning Center, Bangor Masonic Center, 294 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences may also be offered to his family at www.kileyandfoley.com