Barry William Serpell, M.D., died peacefully at home on October 5, 2016. Barry was born January 30, 1935, in Burnley, Lancashire, UK, the son of William and Margaret (Sweeney) Serpell. Barry studied medicine at Edinburgh University, Scotland. Upon completion of his pre-registration year in Douglas, Isle of Man, Barry entered the British Army fulfilling his duty to the National Service. He served three years in Malaya, now Malaysia, and two years as Medical Officer to the Guards at Chelsea Barracks, London. At discharge from the army, Barry had achieved the rank of Major, Royal Army Medical Corps.
After his National Service duty, Barry furthered his medical education by training in obstetrics and gynecology in New Castle Upon Tyne. Then, along with his young family, he immigrated to Canada to join a group of six General Practitioners.
In 1975, Barry immigrated to the U.S. For over 17 years, Barry was a solo General Practitioner in Northeast Harbor. He enjoyed living in Maine more than any other place he had lived. His Maine friends encouraged Barry, among other things, to try his hand at fishing, to set a halibut trawl and to sail. For years he enjoyed sailing "Panacea," his Luders 16.
During his last five years as a full time physician, Barry worked as an ER physician at Down East Community Hospital in Machias before retiring several years ago.
Barry is survived by his son and daughter, Dr. Michael Serpell and Suzanne Serpell, by five grandchildren: David, James, Morgan, Lewis and Mackenzie, his sister, Marlene, the mother of his children, Esme, all of U.K., and by his "favorite person in the whole world," his wife, Sandra Lee Serpell.
Barry will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love and respect for animals of every kind. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bangor Humane Society (693 Mt Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401) or an animal shelter of your choice. Per Barry's wishes, there will be no service.