Carl's Story

CLIFTON - Carl A. Bryer, 74, of Clifton, beloved and devoted husband of 32 years to his best friend and soul mate, Catherine A. Bryer, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2015, at a local hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Carl was born on May 15, 1940 to Wallace and Irene (Michaud) Bryer. He was known to many people as Sonny, and he loved family and life.

He resided in Maine until 1971 when he moved to Connecticut to work with his brothers in a lumberyard as a truck driver. Sonny will be well remembered for telling tales of those truck driving days that he loved so much. Tracy and Darrell often rode with him and they have a few tales of their own to tell. In 1979, after a disabling injury, Sonny returned to Maine and in 1981 he reconnected with a friend who became the love of his life. They married in 1982 and since that time have faced the ups and downs of life together. In marrying Catherine, he was also fortunate enough to gain five wonderful children whom he became a dad to. They were all grateful for him being in their mothers life.

Sonny always held onto his passion for driving and together with his love they took many trips, traveling across the country, creating wonderful memories and living life to its fullest. These trips often included his mother-in-law, Evelyn Conners who he loved and respected. He was also a loving grampy, cuddling them as babies against his chest so they would be soothed by his "clock" and later as they grew, teaching them to play cards and cribbage. We love and thank him for enriching all of our lives.

In addition to his wife Catherine, he is survived by Daughters: Tracy, Sandy with her significant other Rick, and Vicki with her significant other, Andrew. Sons: Darrell with his wife Aimee, Mike, and Steve with his wife Michelle. 16 grandchildren: Tiffany, Erica, Damian, Kalyn, Andrew, Hillary, Kenyon, Ian, Alannah, Corbin, Mike, Aaron, Amanda, Laura, Rachel, and Kyle. 13 great-grandchildren: TreVon, Ashleigh, Odynn, Lily, Noela, Boyd, Clara, Madelyn, Caedon, Adahlia, Heaven, Lily, and Lorellie. Siblings: Ruby, Barbara, Linda with her husband Roger, Lorraine, Billy with his wife Terry, and Rena with her husband Fran. He is also survived by brother-in-law Dennis Ryder, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by both his parents, son Daniel, mother-in-law Evelyn Conners, sister Evelyn Ryder, brother Bob Bryer, brother-in-law Paul Story, and many half brothers and sisters.

At his request, there will be no viewing or professional service, instead as he wished, we will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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