Alan Wallace Bay

Nov 19, 1947 - Jul 22, 2017

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Lincoln - Alan Wallace Bay, 69, of Lincoln, Maine died on July 22, 2017 surrounded by family and in the care of his daughters and hospice caregivers at his daughter and son-in-law's Lincoln farm, following a courageous 2-year struggle with bladder cancer.
Alan was born on November 19, 1947, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Wallace Willard and Siiri Julia (Niemi) Bay. He married Irene Virginia Longtin at Brunswick, Maine, on February 1, 1974. That marriage ended in divorce, but gave Alan identical twin daughters-his pride and joy (and an occasional source of ire!): Karen Bay Fox, Esq., of Saco, and Jessica Julia House, D.O., of Lincoln.
Alan was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated from Chisholm High School in 1966, where he swam for the Bluestreaks. Following his graduation, Alan attended Hibbing Community College, logging and working at the local florist shop in the summers. Alan suspended his postgraduate efforts to enlist in the U.S. Navy at Jacksonville, Florida in 1969, where he would spend his career. He served as an inflight Avionics Technician and deployed in six-month stints overseas each year. Alan earned medals in National Defense and Vietnam Service, as well as earning the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. A sportsman from a young age, Alan was an excellent marksman, and was awarded .38 caliber sharpshooter status while in the Navy. He earned Meritorious Unit and Navy Unit Commendations, and earned awards for good conduct, sea service, and Battle "E". Alan was discharged honorably from the Navy after serving our country proudly for 20 years.
Alan had a lifelong love of flying. Following his retirement from the Navy, he earned his private pilot license in 1995. He undertook two years of Airframe and Powerplant schooling in Sabattus, Maine, earning a diploma as an Aviation Maintenance Technician in 1997. Alan also completed Federal Communications Commission/Radar schooling, and contributed his skills at Maine Aviation in Portland, and at Telford Aviation in Waterville and Bangor, Maine.
Alan worked for Delaite Trucking in Lincoln and later for Babcock UltraPower of West Enfield as a Machinist while earning his high-pressure boiler operator license in 2010. After the powerplant closure, Alan worked six days a week as a small engine repair technician at Richard's Sport Shop in Lincoln until his well-earned retirement in 2013.
Alan spent his retirement tinkering and adventuring. He enjoyed rides on his Suzuki motorcycle, rebuilding and flying his 1969 Piper Cherokee, and judging at the Sun-n-Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Florida with friends. He proudly served on the Lincoln Search and Rescue, and pulled several hapless folk from the rapids at the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Races. Alan was an avid gun collector. He greatly enjoyed fishing and hunting, culling moose, bear, turkey, and other game in the Maine woods. Like his father and brother, Alan was a Mason, Shriner, and a member of the Scottish Rite. In his youth, Alan was raised in Hematite Lodge No. 274 in Chisholm, Minnesota, and later became a member of Horeb Lodge No. 93 of Lincoln. He was installed as Master of the Horeb Lodge by his older brother, Robert Bay, of Newport Lodge No. 118 in St. Paul Park, Minnesota.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents. He is missed by his daughters, Karen and her husband Patrick of Saco, and granddaughters Abigail Beatrice (13) and Rachael Catharine (11); and by Jessica and her husband Aaron of Lincoln, and grandchildren Hannah Marie (13), Ashley Anne (9), Rose Emilie (3), and Thomas Aaron (7 mos.). He is also survived by his siblings, Robert (Bob) Bay and his wife Sue Ellen of Newport, Minnesota and their son, Esa; Kathleen Nelson and her husband Steven of Burnsville, Minnesota and their children, Adam (Sarah) and Virginia (Rob, Siiri and Sadie); and Nancy (formerly Utech) Bay of Esko, Minnesota and her son, Daniel (Leah).
Alan's daughters express deep gratitude for their superior kindness and care given to Alan by the following individuals and entities: Penobscot Valley Hospital, especially Drs. Rideout and Junandi; Eastern Maine Medical Center/Eastern Maine Inpatient Care; Lafayette Family Cancer Center of Brewer, especially Drs. Pascual and Daniels; Community Health and Counseling/Beacon Hospice, especially Jill Bouchard, RN; and a special acknowledgement to Alan's steadfast friends and Masonic brothers. Alan will be honored in a Masonic service memorial for friends and family at Clay's Funeral Home during hunting season this fall. Alan's burial will follow at a private family graveside service in Lincoln.
Published on  July 27, 2017
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