Dick's Story

OLD TOWN - Dick Wands died July 17, 2015. Dick loved life, people, and especially his family. He left us too soon. We would have celebrated our 46th anniversary on July 19th. Being married to Dick meant that we had a partnership that supported and nurtured each other. Dick admired women - their strength, their intelligence, and their vitality. Because of Dick I knew there was nothing I couldn't try and nothing I couldn't accomplish. He passed these attitudes on to our daughter Meagan, always encouraging her to reach for the stars. Because of his support she chose the same kind of man for her husband - we are proud to call Matt Gregas our son-in-law. Meagan and Matt were with us on that last day, singing songs and telling stories. Dick died the way he lived, cheerfully and with a smile on his face.

Dick enjoyed people, a good story, a rambling joke, a political argument, a great motorcycle ride, and a good book. He loved and appreciated his friends, and there were so many. He loved his art, starting his career in advertising in NY; then on to Denver at KRMA-TV where he designed sets and became Art Director. He moved on to MPBN in Maine where he retired as Creative Director. Dick served in the Army and Vietnam, also as a graphic artist.

Dick loved all of his family. He reveled in their achievements and their everyday joy of life. Dick was anxiously anticipating the arrival of our first grandchild in October.

Dick leaves behind his wife Karyn, his daughter and son-in-law Meagan and Matt Gregas, his sister and brother-in-law Priscilla and Terry Bodenstab, his sister-in-law Kathy Wands, his special Uncle Perry Williams, and many brothers-in-law & their wives; he had 18 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Alice (Fox) Wands Gerardi and was predeceased by his brothers Kent, Doug, and his nephew Ricky.

A memorial get-together will take place in upstate New York on August 8th at 1pm. Please contact D.WandsMemorial@gmail.com if you are interested in attending; directions will be available. If you'd like to remember Dick in a special way, please dedicate a book to him and donate it to your local library or make a donation in Dick's name to a Children's Art Program.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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