- Our Dad, Bertram Alfred Birmingham, passed peacefully at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor, on Friday, March 31, 2017. Bert was born May 23, 1933, in Patten, the son of Alfred G. and Velma (Glidden) Birmingham. Bert was a loving son to his Mom and Dad. He held them in the highest of regard and took good care of them throughout their lives.
Bert grew up in Patten and attended Patten Academy. At a young age, Bert developed a love of the outdoors. He especially enjoyed hunting with his father, and brother-in-law, Gean Sargent and nephew, John Nelson. Later in life, his proudest moments included hunting with his sons, Kirk and Rand, and grandsons, Blake and Dylan.
Bert enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas. His service in the military police to his country was during the Korean Was, from 1951 to 1955. While in Topeka he met his first love and wife, the mother of their children, Marion Zahradka Birmingham on Buchanan Street. He always had a twinkle in his eye when he spoke of this time period. Marion predeceased Bert in September 2012.
In the fall of 1955, Bert moved back to his home town of Patten and became employed at Great Northern Paper's East Millinocket mill. He worked more than 37 years for the paper mill and worked in several areas of the paper making process. He retired as a Machine Tender in 1992.
Those who knew Bert knew he was always looking for a party! Bert had many friends from Patten to Sherman to Medway and East Millinocket. A special friend for many years, Juanita Lane predeceased him in April 2012. Juanita and Bert shared several years of happiness and good times together. Juanita's family became Bert's family. A special thank you to Leona, Juanita's daughter, for her kindness to Bert.
In Bert's later years, he lived in Medway on River Road across from the Penobscot River. You would often find Bert on his deck, enjoying the fresh air and visiting with friends. He would watch the wildlife while he celebrated the simple pleasures of every day.
Bert is survived by his children: daughter, Sharon and husband, John A. Doe, of East Millinocket; son, Kirk and wife, Karen Birmingham, of Millinocket; daughter, Donna and husband, Garold "Twig" Cramp, of East Millinocket; son, Rand and wife, Mary Birmingham, of Brewer; his six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Christopher Doe and wife, Samantha, Amanda Soucier and husband, Dan, and their daughter, Eliza, Andrea Birmingham and fiancé, Ryan Porter, Blake and Dylan Birmingham, and Travis Cramp; several nieces and nephews; his sister, Christine Cummings; brother-in-law, Gean Sargent; and sister-in-law, Gladys Moen. In addition to his parents, Bert was predeceased by his sister, Beatrice "Bea" Sargent; an infant sister; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Cummings.
The family would like to give loving thanks to Bert's special niece, Debbie Nelson. Debbie's hilarious stories shared with her Uncle Bert brought him many moments of laughter. Our thanks for friendship and support to Bert is extended to neighbors Cheryl and Roger, Suzanne and Steve. In addition, sincere appreciation to all the staff and caregivers at the Maine Veterans Home and with Beacon Hospice.
We will honor our Dad at a committal service at the Millinocket Cemetery later this spring.
Published on  April 4, 2017