- Gean Gardner Sargent, 91, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's hospital in Bangor on February 8, 2018, with his family by his side.
Gean was born on October 4, 1926, in Millinocket. He was the second child born of four to Carroll and Florence Sargent. Gean grew up in Mt. Chase Plantation and later attended Patten Academy. He was stationed in the Central Pacific theatre during World War II and earned the rank of Master Sergeant. Upon his return he married the love of his life, Beatrice Birmingham, and then attended Ricker College in Houlton. He spent the majority of his working years as the Chief Power Dispatcher at Great Northern Paper Company. He retired after 32 years of service on January 1, 1989.
Gean and Bea were married for 67 years until her passing on December 12, 2014. Gean was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Gean had numerous hobbies including flying, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, and hunting. He loved the North Maine Woods and hunting camp trips with John, relatives, and friends which made for fond memories to reminisce about in later years.
Gean's ultimate retirement dream was fulfilled when he and his dear friend and neighbor Reginald Kimball piloted a 3,275-nautical mile flight to Alaska for a month of salmon fishing. He loved the Millinocket Municipal Airport, flying fire patrol, giving private lessons, and scenic tours. He spent many years as a bush pilot for the Millinocket Lake Flying Service. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Katahdin Aero Club, and the Quiet Birdmen.
He is survived by his two daughters, Deborah Nelson and her husband, John, and Beth Anne Sargent; four grandchildren, Shelley Illingworth and husband, Micah, Tracy Hopkins and husband, Jayson, and Isabella and Gavrielle Enriquez; four great-grandchildren, Renee and Sophie Pelletier, Parker Hopkins, and Carter Illingworth; his loving sisters, Eleanor Sargent, Barbara Coolong and husband, Chester, and Carol Kulburg and husband, Gordon; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Their many visits, phone calls, and lunches enriched Gean's life, especially in his later years. Gean also leaves behind Ernest "Chipper" Legassey, who he loved as a son. Special appreciation to Louise Morey, Gean's caregiver and friend.
Gean was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice, and an infant baby girl, two sisters-in-law, Christine Cummings and Marion Birmingham, four brothers-in-law, Anthony Hunter, Calvin McCarthy, Joseph Cummings, and Bertrand Birmingham, and a niece, Mary Coolong.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket, with memorial services beginning at 11 a.m. Gifts in memory of Gean may be sent to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Ave., Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  February 13, 2018