Donald's Story

BROWNVILLE - On June 16, 2015, the world lost a great man. Donald L. Stickney Sr. (96) went to be with his lord and joined his wife in heaven. He passed on surrounded by his loving, caring family in his own home. Don was born in the family homestead on Stickney Hill April 16, 1919.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clinton and Helen (Williams) Stickney; his wife, Constance Marie Fletcher Stickney; a baby daughter, Karen Marie; 4 brothers, Fernald, Wilder, Warren, and Wendell; and a sister, Rachel.

He is survived by an older brother, Ted Stickney of Berwick; six children, Carole Ann and Richard Glueck of Winterport, Donald Stickney II of Brownville, Susan and Russell Bushnell of Rochester, VT, Peter Stickney of Newfield, Paul and Karen Stickney of Gorham, and Betsy and David Bessey of Brownville. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Kendra Glueck, Tristan and Jennifer Glueck, Everett Stickney, Donald Stickney III, Holli Bushnell, Zebulon Carpenter Levitt, Clara Stickney, Emily Stickney, Dorothy Stickney, David Bessey Jr., Christopher and Amanda Bessey, and Joshua Bessey and his fiancé, Kayla Harriman. He was also fortunate to have 2 great-grandchildren, Skylar Stickney and Violet Sophia Glueck, along with many nieces, nephews and community members he considered family.

Don spent his life raising his family with the morals and ethics he embodied. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII where he taught airplane mechanics and preflight inspection. Upon his discharge, he and Connie returned to Brownville to raise their family. Don was an avid gardener, lawn mower, snow remover and innovator of necessities. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad as master electrician. When he retired, he did private electrical contracting and enjoyed his life, remaining active in his church and masonic order.

Don was a member of the Brownville Community Church where he served as a deacon starting in 1955 and he also served as Sunday School Superintendent. He was a member of the Pleasant River Lodge #163, Rabonni Chapter #62 Royal Arch Masons, Central Council #18, Echo Chapter #98 Order of the Eastern Star and the Masters /Wardens Association of the Grand Lodge of Maine. He twice held the position of District Deputy. He was very proud that all three of his sons are Masons.

Don was also very involved in his community and served on the water district board and also the board of directors for MSAD #41 from 1967-1981. He was elected chairman of the board from 1969-1981. One of his greatest desires was that all of his children have the opportunity to go to college and this was a dream that came true.

He was known to many as Daddy Don or Grampie Don as all who came to know him were family in his eyes. Thank you to Dr. Susan Luthin and Betty, the staff of Mayo Regional Hospital and special thanks to all of the staff from Community Health and Counseling and Pine Tree Hospice for their dedication and caring. He had wonderful care and lots of kisses from all who cared for him. An extra special hug to Bridgett Ellis and Eva Bessey (Gwendolyn/Edna) for their years of loving care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Brownville Community Church on Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Ann Purdy will be conducting the service. Military Honors and Masonic committal will follow at the Brownville Village Cemetery. A time for remembrance with the family will be held afterwards in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Please join us with your memories and stories. Arrangements are with the Lary Funeral Home in Milo.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Brownville Community Church, PO Box 706, Brownville 04414 or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.
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