Fort Kent -
Aubrey Allen Cyr, 90, of Portage Lake, and formerly of Nahant, Massachusetts, and Indialantic, Florida, died peacefully on September 22, 2016, at Northern Maine Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Madeleine (Albert) Cyr.
Born in Fort Fairfield in 1925, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Sears) Cyr. He is survived by his children, Michael Cyr and his wife, Virginia, of Massachusetts; Suzanne Hamill and her husband, Daniel, of Massachusetts; James Cyr and his companion, Deborah Miles, of Florida; Allen Cyr of Hawaii, Stephen Cyr, Carol Cyr Hanson, and Elizabeth Cyr, all of Maine. He also leaves his grandchildren, Christopher Cyr, Brian Hamill and his wife, Charlotte, Stephanie Anderberg and her husband, Joel, Jennifer Mahan and her husband, Christopher, Sandra Cyr and her husband, Matthew MacGregor, Scott Hamill and his wife, Anne, Renee Hanson Ricker and her husband, Brian, Katherine Braidman and her husband, Michael, Kenneth Cyr and his companion, Maureen McGovern, Aaron Hanson and his companion, Meghan Canty, Monica Hanson, and Dylan Henry. Aubrey also leaves a number of great-grandchildren, as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his great friends (and cousins) in Portage Lake, Jim and Vicky Kelley, and Pat and Sheila Kelley. He was the brother of the late Lewis Cyr, Louise Johnson, Eugene Cyr, William Cyr, Henry Cyr, Joseph Cyr, Elwood Cyr, and Van Cyr.
Aubrey was a graduate of Fort Fairfield High School; after graduating he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning to Maine, he operated a small flying service in Van Buren. His love of flying led to employment with Eastern Airlines in Boston, where he rose through the ranks to become Chief Pilot at Logan Airport. He was honored by having been asked by Frank Borman to become Vice President of Eastern Airlines, but he declined the position. He and his wife settled in Nahant, Massachusetts, where they raised their family.
Upon his retirement, Aubrey and Madeleine divided their time between a winter home in Florida and a summer home in Portage Lake, where he became involved in several community organizations. He served until recently on the Board of Directors of the Portage Lake Association, and was honored last year to be Grand Marshal of the town's summer parade. He was the owner and proprietor of Portage Mills Lumber Company from 1980 to 2004.
Aubrey was a master storyteller, relishing any opportunity to share fascinating stories from his life. During his flying career at Eastern, he crossed paths with celebrities, politicians, people from all walks of life, and made many lasting friendships in the process. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as fishing and hunting. Golf was one of his favorite pastimes: playing as well as watching on television. He was very proud of having made a hole-in-one at Sandridge in Vero Beach, Florida, in 2000, re-telling the story of that shot in great detail. He was an inspiration to us all, as well as being a much-loved man.
In compliance with Aubrey's wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later time in Portage Lake. Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home in Fort Kent.