BANGOR - Errol Herrick Marden, 92, died peacefully on March 23, at a local nursing facility, ultimately of a broken heart from the passing last summer of Marion, his wife of 68 years. He was born August 23, 1922, in Levant, the son of Carrie (Brickett) and Harold ("Harry") Marden.
After graduation from Bangor High School he participated in a National Youth Administration training program and served in the Army Coastal Artillery during World War II. After discharge he met and married Marion Sutherland of Brewer. They started their family at their farm in Levant. For the next 37 years, Errol enjoyed working as a door-to-door milkman for Footman-Hillman Dairies with routes mainly on the west side of Bangor, where the family moved in the early 1950s. During many of those same years, he worked for and alongside his best friend and brother, Harold, at Marden's Upholstery Shop in South Brewer.
For many years Errol farmed a large family garden in Levant after work each day. During the past decades, he grew thriving, and even award-winning, vegetable and flower gardens at home on Vine Street. Errol was a talented wood worker, reveling in gifting others with examples of his handicraft. He was an avid reader, unparalleled conversationalist, and collector of all things large and small. While "never missing a sunrise" from his milk truck, he collected adventures and misadventures, which he daily shared at the family table.
Always hesitant to ask for help, but always eager to lend a hand, he and Marion led very simple, unhurried, and uncomplicated lives, not needing to leave their beloved home, neighbors and neighborhood.
Errol is survived by his and Marion's three children: Priscilla and William Welsh of East Greenwich, RI, Herrick E. Marden and Ursel of Sinsheim, Germany, and Ronald L. Marden and Gwen of Mission Viejo, CA; sister Clarice and Louis Dort of Kenduskeag; sister-in-law, Iva Marden of Levant; two granddaughters, Carrie Tino and Vincent of North Attleboro, MA and Elizabeth Welsh of Cromwell, CT; two great-grandsons, Evan and Matthew Tino; step granddaughter, Leanna Tribaldos and John and two step great-grandsons, Nolen and Evan Tribaldos of Panama City, FL; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Quinn of Orrington and Levant, and by his brother, Harold, of Brewer and Holden.
A memorial gathering will take place in the spring at a time to be announced. Burial will be at South Levant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Maine Foundation (Master Gardener Fund), Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469.
Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.