Vernon's Story

BANGOR - Vernon Trowell, "Vinny" to his family, friends and acquaintances, passed away on May 27, 2015, after a long and fruitful life. He was born in Bangor, Maine, July 12, 1921, to the union of John and Julia Trowell.

He was predeceased by both his siblings, fraternal twin, Virgil of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and younger sister, Charlotte of Bangor; and his beloved wife of more than 40 years, Theresa (Doucette) of Ft. Kent and Bangor. He is survived by sons, Bill (Susan) of Mariaville, Maine, and Tom (Patricia) of Colorado Springs; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Vinny was a member of both St. Mary's and St. John's parishes throughout his life. He graduated from John Bapst High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. He was part of the "greatest generation" serving his country in World War II in the Pacific arena as a member of the U.S. Army, and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. His was a very familiar face to so many in the greater Bangor area, having delivered mail to nearly every home and business at one time or another during his 34-year career. Both he and his wife were active in the church and they volunteered for many years in the Meals for Me program. Vinny was quite a story-teller, and while Theresa actually delivered the meals to the clients, Vinny would "brighten their day" by regaling them with a tale or two. They were both passionate card-players, and spent many afternoon and evening playing cribbage with friends and family. They were officers in their "Gay Blades & Pretty Maids" square-dance club, and Vinny fancied himself quite the hoofer. Vinny got the golf bug in the late sixties, and played for many years at the Bangor Muni and later at the Hermon Meadows golf club. He especially enjoyed a hard-fought match with his brother, Virgie partnered against sons, Bill and Tom, and the highlights of his golf escapades, included shooting a sub-par round of 69 at Hermon Meadows and nailing a hole-in-one at Kebo Valley during the Paul Bunyan tournament. Someone once said that you would be hard pressed to find anyone to say an unkind word about Vinny Trowell; he was indeed a friend and good neighbor to all. May he rest in peace beside his lovely wife for all eternity.

Friends may call at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 300 State Street, Bangor, 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bangor, 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the family lot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor.
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