SULLIVAN - Carle Gordon Gray died at the Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle, on February 20, 2015. He was born at his Pleasant Hill Farm, Sullivan, March 1, 1920, only son of Linwood A. and Mary O. (Gordon) Gray.
He attended Sullivan High School until 1935 and graduated from Bangor High School in 1937, where he was a member of the student ROTC band. He studied piano with K.A. Ringwall and trombone with Benjamin T. Shaw at their Symphony House Studios, Bangor. In June 1941 Carle graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, Boston. He was first employed in the rail traffic department of the Charles M. Cox Co. at the Boston Grain and Flour Exchange. On October 3, 1941 he married Charlotte Grindle, daughter of Merle B. (Sr.) and Ethel (Robbins) Grindle of South Blue Hill. Carle entered World War II military service January 9, 1943. He was an officers pay clerk in the base finance office of the 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force at Halesworth and Boxted airfields, U.K,. But as he subsequently wrote "I never left the Ground". He was honorably discharged on November 21, 1945.
Carle and Charlotte returned to Maine and he was employed as a staff accountant for Horace A Little, CPA at Ellsworth. Carle earned his CPA certificate in 1952 and entered partnership with Little. He was a past member of the Maine Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He retired as senior partner of Gray, Horton & McFarland in 1986.
He served on the Ellsworth School Committee in the early 1960's and continued to have a lifelong interest in public school education.
Carle was a Freemason, a 68 year member of David A. Hooper Lodge at Sullivan. In the York Rite he was a member and past high priest of Acadia Royal Arch Chapter and Blanquefort Commandery at Ellsworth and Bangor Council, R&S.M. and of Maine Council, Order of High Priesthood.
His lifelong passion was music. On a ride to Cherryfield one day he recalled being invited as a guest trombonist by the Cherryfield Band for the dedication of the new bridge across the Narraguagus River in 1935. He was a charter member and past director of the Ellsworth City Band as well as member and director of the Anah Temple Shrine band. Later he played with friends in the "Brow of the Hill" dance band of Sorrento and several seasons at the Crocker House, Hancock Point where he played "pop piano" and penned in 2013
"The House Pianist"
"Oh just play anything, anything," they say. I know no song called
"Anything", and had to move along. So I faked the old pop tune,
"Anytime"; two choruses would do.
Applause was less than warm, my tip bowl running dry. I took
no standing bow; no one seemed aware. So the music doesn't
matter, just play it long and loud.
Play, anything, anything at all !
A free market capitalist to the end, Carle copyrighted 37 band marches that have yet to be arranged, but one of which, "The Ellsworth American," he was happy to have sold for "due consideration". He was a prolific writer with a keen sense of history and it's relation to current events and for forty five years wrote hundreds of letters to the editors of the Ellsworth American and Bangor Daily News, and Portland Press Herald.
He is survived by his children: sons, Dudley and wife, Susan, of Rangeley Plantation and Jeffrey and his wife, Linda, of Yarmouth; and daughter, Julie Coleman and husband, Dennis, of Bangor; grandchildren, Rebecca, Adrian, Justin and Devin; and great-granddaughters, Emma and Addison. Carle was predeceased by his parents in 1979; by his wife, Charlotte, in 2010; and by sisters, Barbara Martin, Joan Havey, Freda Masse and Sylvia Noyes.
In accordance with his wishes, a public Masonic service will be held in the spring at the David A. Hooper Lodge, Bert Gray Road, Sullivan, the date to be announced later. Monetary remembrances in his name would benefit Island Nursing Home Staff, P.O. Box 124, Deer Isle, ME 04627 and Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Avenue, Ellsworth, ME 04605. He was most appreciative of all his caregivers for their kindness, care and professionalism. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.