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BANGOR - Richard L. Courtney, 76, passed away April 23, 2016. Dick was born February 11, 1940 in Grafton, West Virginia, to John and Dorothy (Bryan) Courtney. He was happily raised by his mother and stepfather, Joseph Johnson.

Dick graduated from Dundalk High School in Dundalk, MD in 1960. From 1960­1964, he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force at Dow Air Force Base, Bangor where he met his soul mate and best friend, Donna Dinsmore. They were happily married for 51 years. Dick was a proud firefighter for the City of Bangor for 23 years, retiring as Captain in 1988. He later worked at Bangor Tennis and Roof Systems of Maine. In retirement, Dick enjoyed his favorite pastimes of bow hunting, hunting, fishing, golfing and camping with family and friends. At 56, Dick survived a devastating stroke and remade himself into an extraordinary lawn mower and painter as well as the number one cheerleader for his three treasured grandsons.

Dick was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, stepfather and sister, Linda Burns. He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Jeff and wife Debbie; three grandsons, Justin, Derek and Garrett; sisters in law, Muriel and Joe Munz of Ohio, Janet Chapas of Milbridge; and brother in law, Frank and Janie Dinsmore of Bangor; nephews, William Winkler, Joseph, Gary and Michael Munz, and Jason Chapas; nieces; Jaime and Jennifer Chapas and an especially helpful niece in the hospital, Cheryl Delano, as well as many cousins.

A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be held 4 pm, Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Brookings­-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Relatives and friends are invited to call 3pm until the time of service. At the conclusion of the service, firefighter honors will be performed by the Bangor Fire Department. Those who wish to remember Dick in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Salvation Army, 65 S. Park St., Bangor, ME 04401 or the Hose 5 Fire Museum, 247 State St. Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  April 26, 2016
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