Halbert's Story

LUBEC - Loyal Husband, Loving Father, Brother, Friend, and Follower of Christ; began celebrating his eternal life on May 19, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife of 52 years and family.

Born on February 5, 1940 to Halbert & Lorna (Small) McFadden, "Bion" grew up in Trescott on the "Dixie" road. He loved the outdoors and kept busy in his younger years with his sling shot, battling the neighborhood with his siblings and cousins. Bion contributed to his family by assisting his father on the lobster boat, working in the smoked herring factories, raking blueberries, tipping, digging clams, and catching any odd jobs he could find to support his family.

Bion was a graduate of Lubec High School (LHS) in 1958. He and his wife Gail (Dennison), were married on August 10, 1962 at the Christian Temple Church in Lubec. Bion was working for the Puss & Boots Plant in Lubec, which closed soon after they were married. They moved to Massachusetts so Bion could continue employment with the company in their new plant (in New Bedford). They eventually settled in Fairhaven and raised their son Steven and daughter Sandi until 1976 when the plant closed. Not wanting to move to Tennessee to continue with the company, Bion concluded his 16 years with Quaker Oats, sold their home, packed up, and moved back to Lubec. He returned to his father's lobster boat, found odd jobs and built his family a new home in West Lubec. Bion soon found employment with the Lubec School district in the maintenance department, where he served for 16 years as the Director of Maintenance. His subsequent career moved him to the Regional Medical Center Lubec (RMCL) where he managed their facilities for the next 18 years. Bion retired at age 71, due to his prolonged battle with prostate cancer which was first diagnosed 2001.

His love for country music could always be heard in his home with his vocals and guitar playing. Most can remember a time when the "blue" guitar came to a family function or campfire to share with others his passion for music. If the radio wasn't on, you'd be sure to hear him humming. He also participated in many local plays and talent shows, to support local community groups, entertaining us with his free-spirited performances.

Throughout his years in the community, Bion was a servant and leader to many organizations and groups. His passion was to support the youth of the community, by being a role model, mentor, and leader. He proudly served the LHS school board, LHS Alumni, International Friends, Lions Club, United Methodist Church & Christian Temple Church.

Bion was passionate about physical fitness and exercise. He began weight lifting at the age of 10 and lifted weights daily throughout his life. He also became a top runner in the state of Maine in his 40's & 50's. His greatest accomplishment was running the 100th Anniversary of the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:26:19 ahead of every other Maine runner in his class.

His favorite pastimes included, going out to eat with family and friends, studying Christianity and reading his bible, playing and watching sports, listening to country music, watching westerns (especially reruns of Gunsmoke), and spending time with family.

Throughout his life, Bion's love, support, and dedication to his wife and family were limitless and unconditional. He guided his family and those around him with his strong Christian faith, morals, principles, and an inspirational work ethic. He and his wife found tremendous joy raising their children. During their life together, they gained a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and two grandchildren. Through the love they shared for each other, they created a loving and devoted family.

With heartfelt love and loss, Bion was predeceased by his father Halbert, his mother Lorna and two brothers Wayne & Derwin.

His joyous spirit is survived by his loving wife, Gail; brother, James and wife Eileen of Lubec; sister Louise and husband William Corey of Lubec; son Steven and wife Pauline McFadden of Calais; daughter Sandi and husband Leo Binette of East Waterboro; grandsons Bradley McFadden & Caleb Binette; nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends (too numerous to list but not forgotten).

Visiting hours will be Thursday May 21, 2015 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Christian Temple Church. A funeral service will be held Friday May 22, 2015 at 11:00am at the Christian Temple Church. Burial will follow at Green Lawn/ Hallet's Cemetry in Lubec. Family & friends are invited to the Pike Hall for a light lunch after the interment.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bion's memory to the Christian Temple Church P.O. Box 190, Lubec , ME 04652 or the Lubec Lions Club P.O. Box 36, Lubec, ME 04652
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