- Jeffrey Alan Ludden, 50, passed away as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident on July 22, 2017.
A well-respected, hard-working member of the community, Jeffrey is survived by his loving wife Stacie(Alley) Ludden, his son, Matthew Ludden and Matthew's significant other, Rebecca Cowan, and Jeffrey's cherished grandson, one-year-old William, all of Bangor. He leaves behind his wonderful parents, Dalton and Edwina Ludden of Howland and he was the best big brother in the world to his sister, Julie (Ludden)Smyth. He is also survived by Julie's husband, Curtis Smyth, and their two children, Drew and Anna Smyth, all of Biddeford; his brother-in-law Brian Alley, and nieces Lauryn and Jordan Alley of South Ryegate, Vermont. Sister-in-law, Melanie Mace and his niece Helen and brother-in-law Joseph Bailey of Portland, Maine. He also leaves behind in- laws Brian and Beverly Mace of Howland; and George and Sheila Alley of Bangor, who all loved Jeffrey like their own. He leaves behind special aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as his godmother, Cecile Shute of Howland. Jeffrey had a nickname for many well-loved family and friends that always brought a smile to those within earshot and he will be greatly missed by all.
Jeffrey was salutatorian of Penobscot Valley High School's Class of 1985. He went on to attend the University of Maine before embarking on a career marked by unmatched work ethic, technical expertise and dedication. He was the driving force behind the success of Ludden's Garage before it burned to the ground in 2003. This family business allowed for special bonds between Jeff and his parents. Many fond memories were made in their West Enfield establishment. Jeffrey furthered his career at Downeast Toyota in Brewer Maine, then W.T. Gardner and Sons in Lincoln and most recently, Treeline Inc. in Lincoln. He cherished and valued the friendships made throughout his working career. In addition, he founded Ludden's Landscaping Service, which allowed him to once again work closely with his father.
Jeffrey had an adventurous spirit throughout his life that led him to activities such as rock climbing, white water kayaking and riding his motorcycle. He also loved doing home improvement projects and his talent for this was evident. Jeffrey's legacy will be that of his commitment to his family and his job. He will always be remembered for going the extra mile to help anyone that needed it and was never able to say "no" when it came to assisting someone. Jeffrey left a lasting impression with everyone he met and will be deeply missed.
Jeffrey is predeceased by his maternal grandparents Leo and Anna Michaud of Howland, his fraternal grandparents Edmund and Lucy Ludden of West Enfield, and special uncle and godfather, Maynard Shute of Howland, as well as other aunts and uncles.
Jeffrey's family will receive guests 1-2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln, with memorial services beginning at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers a trust is being established for Jeffrey's grandson William. Contributions can be addressed to Matthew Ludden in care of William Ludden at Maine Savings Bank at P.O. Box 347, Hamden, Maine, 04444. Condolences may be expressed at www.clayfuneralhome.com
Published on  July 26, 2017