WINTERPORT - Gifford B. Colson, 82, of Winterport, Maine died September 21, 2014 in Bangor. He was born in Winterport, August 5, 1932, the son of Katharine (Gifford) Colson Woodward and Wilbur Colson. He married Sylvia (Theriault) Colson on July 28, 1952.
He was a veteran with many years served in the Navy and Air Force. He later worked at B&A Railroad in Hermon. He was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church of Winterport. After retiring he and his wife spent many years traveling in their motor home and spent time in Florida. He was a member of the American Legion and a member of the Masons of Winterport.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, son, Ernest and his wife, Linda from Orrington, daughter, RoseMarie Dunton from Tombstone, Arizona, son, Michael from Brewer, daughter, Linda and her husband, Mike Seekins from Winterport, sister, Judy Nickerson and her husband, Rick from Winterport, and brother, Louis Betters from Hampden. Grandchildren, Danny Colson, David Colson, Dennis Colson, Renee Dunton, Roger Dunton, Diane Dorcy, Bobby Colson, Kristen Colson, Kristopher Everett, Jacob Colson, Melinda Colson, and Jaymi Seekins. Gifford is also survived by many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and two sons, Sylvio Colson and Allen Colson. Also predeceased by brothers, James Colson, LeRoy Betters and sister, Ellen Gherke.
There will be graveside services at Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport, at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the Columbian Hall of St. Gabriel's Church, Main Street, Winterport. Arrangements are entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Avenue, Hampden.