VERONA ISLAND - Michael Anthony Bryant was born November 18, 1971, in Farmington. He passed unexpectedly on April 5, 2015, at his childhood home surrounded by his loving family.
Michael was an avid race fan and among his favorites were Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Racing was a hobby that he very much enjoyed with his father, Randall Bryant, his brother, Ronald Bryant and in recent years with his son, Michael Bowden. Michael also enjoyed country music, spending time with friends and family especially his son, Michael.
Michael was a great mechanic, construction worker and experienced welder. Welding became more than a job. He enjoyed welding jewelry and sculptures. He was very talented. Through mechanics and racing a very special bond was formed between Ronald, Randall and Michael. Michael was very resilient and lived through trials where others would have given up. He had a big heart and loved his family dearly. He always helped anyone in need.
Michael was predeceased by his father, Randall Bryant, in 2005; grandparents, Red and Genevieve Sirois, Vance Bryant and Harry Goings; Uncle Stephen Bryant and Uncle Jesse Sirois. Michael is survived by his loving mother, Mary Mel Bryant; brother, Ronald Bryant and wife, Kymberli and daughter, Shelby; grandmothers, Helen Bryant and Hope Goings; many aunts, uncles and cousins that he loved very much, and a dear family friend, Claudette Heath.
There will be an informal remembrance gathering for friends and family at Verona Town Hall immediately following the service. In 2000, Michael was severely beaten and from that he suffered from PTSD. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael's memory to Maine VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services/ PTSD, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330. Family and friends will gather for visitation from 1pm until time of service at 2pm Friday, April 10, 2015, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm Street, Bucksport. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)