Earle S. Pierce

BANGOR - Earle S. Pierce passed away Nov. 14, 2012, with his children by his side. Earle was born March 25, 1918, in Guilford, son of Irving and Lillian (Maxell) Pierce.

Earle graduated from Old Town High School in 1936 and the University of Maine in 1940. He then went on to serve his country in the Coast Guard during World War II. Virginia Esten became his bride in 1942 and they moved to Bangor to raise their family. Earle's career in accounting spanned 37 years at R.B. Dunning Co., retiring as treasurer. He then assisted the weatherization program at Penquis C.A.P. until he retired again in 1991. Earle was a lifelong member of the National Association of Accountants, serving as president in 1971. All the while he served faithfully in many capacities for 62 years at Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor. When not serving others, he enjoyed his time on the water sailing the "Ginny Esten" out of Buck Harbor.

Earle was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Ginny; and his only brother, James. Earle is survived by his daughter, Jane and husband, Daniel McGovern, of Bangor; his son, Mark and wife, Debbie Pierce, of Hampden; grandchildren, Daniel, Sara, Jonathan, Peter, Ben, Andrew, Amy-jo, Matthew and Cameron; as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to visit 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A funeral service celebrating Earle's life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, with the Rev. Susan M. Davenport and Pastor Carl Bergman of New Hope Church officiating. Memorial contributions in Earle's honor may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.

Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 15, 2012