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Gordon Kenneth Beal

ORONO - Gordon Kenneth Beal, 91, dear husband of the late Virginia Beal, his wife of 65 years, died at his home March 5, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born June 20, 1922, in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of Arthur W. and Annie G. (Elford) Beal.

Gordon was a 1940 graduate of Whitman High School, and received a degree in graphic arts from Wentworth Institute. A World War II veteran, Gordon was a member of the Air Transport Command. He was the superintendent of printing services for the University of Maine, Orono until his retirement in 1984. Gordon lived out his faith in what he did. Gordon was a member of the United Baptist Church of Old Town where he was a sixth grade Sunday School Teacher, superintendent, and deacon for many years. He also loved volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program as well as many other charities. Gordon was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed boating with his wife, Virginia. Family was the most important thing to Gordon. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and the get-togethers at the family camp on Beech Hill Pond.

In addition to his wife and parents, Gordon was predeceased by his six brothers and sisters. He is survived by three daughters, Bonneva Stevens of Charleston, Esther and her husband, Albert Martin, of Red Oak, Texas, and Nina and her husband, Donald Fuller, of Old Town; six grandchildren, Jennifer Hudson, Melinda Nunez, Steph Fuller, Brad Martin, Johanna Graves, and Sharon Aigler; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, at United Baptist Church, 86 Middle St., Old Town, with the Rev. Bruce Stevens, pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends may call from noon until time of service on Monday. Spring interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. Those who wish to remember Gordon in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the United Baptist Church, 86 Middle St., Old Town, ME 04468. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 7, 2014
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