Percy's Story

PEMBROKE - Percy E. Priest, 90, husband of the late Dorothy Priest, passed away at a Bangor health care facility on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. He was born Dec. 12, 1923, in Milford, the son of the late Percy and Vera (Braun) Priest.

Percy was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater. He returned home to Milford where on April 6, 1946, he married Dorothy Seymour. They were married for 65 years prior to her death in 2011. Percy was a lineman for the Bangor Hydro Electric Company and worked for them for over 30 years, many of those years out of the Eastport division. Percy and Dorothy moved their family to Pembroke in 1956 and that became their home and where they raised their family. Percy was a Past Master of Crescent Lodge No. 78 A.F. & A.M. in Pembroke, a lifetime member and Past High Priest of Royal Arch, as well as a member of the George Washington Lodge No. 23 Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Pembroke. Percy enjoyed many hobbies along with caring for the many animals that became a part of the household and watching his children and then his grandchildren grow to adulthood and have families.

Percy leaves his three children, Valerie Patch and husband, Richard, of Bangor, Brian Priest and wife, Lisa, of Pembroke, and Rhonda Stevens and husband, Travis, of Pembroke. He also leaves his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ryan Priest and wife, Sabrina, and their children, Eric, Kodie and Bree-Anna, Lisa Leighton and husband, Chris, and their children, Kelly, Wyatt, and Samantha, Jennifer Doyle and husband, Larry, and their children, Jacob and Logan, Nicole Armstrong and husband, Anson, and their daughter, Madison, and Adam Fenderson; and stepgrandchildren, Angela Francis and Brenda Francis and her children, Jordan and Katana. Percy also leaves two sisters, Gail St. Louis of Old Town, and Zelda McGowan of Aberdeen, Wash.; a brother, Francis Priest of Lynnhaven, Fla.; sister-in-law, Louise Johnston of Milford; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor for their incredible care and support during his illness.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Clarkside Cemetery, Pembroke. Donations in Percy's memory may be made to either the Maine Veterans Home Activity Fund, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401; or the Clarkside Cemetery Association Capital Fund, care of Carolyn Mahar, 378 US Route 1, Dennysville, ME 04628. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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