STILLWATER and BANGOR - Richard "Dick" Nathan Averill passed from this life Feb. 19, 2013, at a local health care facility. He was born Nov. 2, 1922, the son of Walter B. and Pauline (York) Averill, and raised in Stillwater moving to Bangor in 1934.
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He was educated in Old Town and Bangor school systems. He graduated from Bangor High School, class of 1940. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was discharged as a F4U Corsair Fighter airplane specialist. Dick was a pilot and enjoyed flying in his Piper Cub in his younger years. He was an outdoor enthusiast - from flying in the sky to scuba diving in the ocean. He was the owner and operator of Dick's Esso from 1946 to 1950. As a master electrician Dick owned and operated Averill Electrical Service for more than 30 years and also retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural free delivery carrier. He was a 50-year member of St. Andrews Lodge No. 83 AF & AM; Mount Moriah Chapter No. 6, St. Johns Commandery No. 5, Bangor Council, Anah Shriners and Bangor-Brewer Shrine Club. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. When he was in his 70s he accomplished a lifetime goal and made a solo road trip to retrace his father's travels in Labrador.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Madalene (Megquier) Averill; as well as his father and mother; and his only brother, Walter B. Averill Jr. He leaves behind his two daughters and son and their spouses, Suzanne A. Walker of Bangor, Judith A. Gilbert and husband, Dale, of Augusta and William Robert Averill and his wife, Linda, of Bangor; grandchildren, David and Kim Walker of Gardiner, Paul and Lauren Walker of West Palm Beach, Fla., Laura and Reid Stevens of Hermon, Jessica Gilbert of Augusta, Megan and Scott Lichtwardt of Honolulu, Cole Averill, Parker Averill, Jay, Brice and Shawn Hughes; four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Surviving also is sister-in-law, Rose Megquier; cousins, Dr. Sona A. and the Rev. Dr. Henry Wyman; and his close compatriots at Pushaw Royal Yacht Club. He will be greatly missed by his devoted friend, Snookie.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Henry Wyman officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 1 p.m. Sunday until the time of service. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to remember Dick in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Shriner's Hospital for Children, care of Anah Shrine Center, P.O. Box 735, Bangor, ME 04402-0735. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 21, 2013