SEARSPORT - Jay S. Colcord, 89, of Searsport, passed away on September 6, 2014 at Harbor Hill Center in Belfast. He was born on March 28, 1925 in Searsport, the son of Edward H. Colcord and Gladys Robbins Colcord.
Jay grew up in Searsport and he served in the US Army during WWII. During that time, he was involved in the invasion at Normandy and then the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return, Jay worked for the State of Maine and then spent over twenty-five years as a truck driver for Merrill Transport Company. During his employment with Merrill, he was honored with being selected as first runner up for "New England Driver of the Year."
Jay was also a founding member of the Waldo County Law Enforcement Association, serving with the Searsport Police Department and a life-time member of the Fraternal Organization of the Searsport Chapter of the Masons. He enjoyed the outdoors which included his passion for hunting and lobstering. Early on, Jay enjoyed driving stock cars at the Unity Racetrack. Jay and his family spent most summers on Sears Island picnicking, camping and "digging clams."
Jay was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, in 1986; his mother, Gladys in 1987; two stepdaughters, Rita Collins in 2012 and Mina Barry in 2013. He is survived by his children, Bonnie May, Rhoda Sutfin of Swanville and Rhonda Colcord of Palmetto, FL; stepdaughter, Billie Berry, and stepson, John Roberts. "Bamps" is also survived by his two grandsons, Brennen Bowden of Battle Creek, MI and Logan Bowden of Portland, OR and two great-grandsons, Kaiden and Conner Bowden of Battle Creek, MI.
A service honoring Jay's life with be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main Street, Searsport, with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell officiating. Burial will be held at Gordon Cemetery, Searsport. In keeping with Jay's love of animals, contributions in his memory may be made to Waldo County Humane Society, P.O. Box 479, Belfast, ME 04915. mitchelltweedie-young.com