Michael's Story

BANGOR - Michael Whitney Slaven, born in Blue Hill and a long time resident of Bangor died the morning of Thanksgiving Day at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was 74. Michael was born September 7, 1941, to Ruth Hinckley (Saunders) Slaven and Robert Knowles Slaven, both of Blue Hill.

He attended schools in Japan and Germany as his father, a career army officer, was posted with his family to various overseas assignments. Michael graduated from George Stevens Academy Class of 1961. He served in the army for four years, with tours in Eritrea and Germany, attaining the rank of specialist 4th class. After leaving the service, a decision he often said he regretted, he worked in New York City as a draftsman at a large marine architect firm. He later was a stock clerk before returning to Maine and finding work in Bangor. His final employment before being felled by a series of strokes in 2007 was with UNIFIRST Corporation, where he made many friends. Michael was an avid reader, and contributed from his limited funds to many local and national charities. He rarely watched TV, preferring to bury himself in his extensive collection of books and documentary DVDs.

He never married and was predeceased by his younger brother, Brian, of Bangor. He is survived by his older brother, retired navy captain Robert Slaven, Jr., and wife Linda, of Blue Hill; always attentive niece Merrill Brache and husband Gerry of Orland, and nephew Rob Slaven of Tucson, AZ. Also surviving are his four Bangor nephew and nieces, Liz Marsh and husband Eric, Cathy Hamel, Kelly Slaven, and Brian Slaven, Jr, their families, and cousins from all across the country.

The family appreciates the staff of the Maine Veterans Home for their care in Michael's final days.

There will be no memorial service, in compliance with his wished, though a nice thought and a sip of Irish whiskey would always be welcome. Donations in Michael's memory may be made to George Stevens Academy Alumni Association, 23 Union Street, Blue Hill, 04614.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main Street, Blue Hill. Condolences may be made at www.jordanfernald.com
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