William's Story

OLD TOWN - William G. "Bill" Comeau, 87, died peacefully January 20, 2015 at Dirigo Pines, Orono, after battling Multiple Myeloma. He was born November 23, 1927 in Old Town the son of Bernard George and Mary Elizabeth "Alice" (Girouard) Comeau.

Bill enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17, during WWII, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan aboard the Destroyer USS Kleinsmith. He returned to Old Town, finished his GED, and worked at James River Pulp and Paper for 42 years as a machine tender, foreman, and retired as Assistant Superintendent in Pulp. In 1948 he married Imelda Brodeur and they had five children. At the age of 34, Bill became a widower, and with the help of his mom, kept the family together. He remarried three years later to Lois Babkirk, and together they had a son. They were married 45 years before Lois passed away in 2011.

He is survived by six children Delia (Comeau) Carter and her husband Jimmy of Severn, MD; Elizabeth (Comeau) Cashman and her husband Jack of Brewer, William Comeau and his wife Judy (Lenfest) of Milford, Paul Comeau and his wife Sandy (Christianson) of Winterport, Edward Comeau and his wife Charald (St. Thomas) of Lincoln, and Alan Comeau and his wife Christine (Winter) of Old Town; 16 grandchildren Craig Jones and his wife Megan, Brad Jones and his wife Dawn, Derek Cashman and his wife Michelle, Danny Cashman and wife Karen, Tracy Comeau and wife Brandi, Michael Comeau and his partner Katilyn, Chris Comeau, Kate Nicholson and her husband John, Jonathan Comeau, Jennifer Folsom and her husband Jason, Elizabeth Muncey and her husband Dan, Haley and Austin Comeau; two step granddaughters Alicia Hershey and her husband Brendon; and Natalie Carter; 20 great grandchildren Joshua, Chloe, Brayden, Kathleen, Sarah, Jaclyn, Carolyn, Ben, Bella, Alyssa, Quinn, Tyler, Brigette, Zoe, Phoebe, Abigail, Kaylee, Connor; two step great grandchildren Alexis and Miles with two on the way; sister-in-law Barbara Jacobs and her husband John of Harborside. In addition to his wives and parents, he was predeceased by a sister Kathleen and her husband Ed Read and a grandson Nathan Comeau.

The family wishes to give a sincere thank you to the caregivers at Brewer Rehab, Cancer Care of Maine and Dirigo Pines for their compassionate care.

Friends may call 4-7PM Thursday at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11AM Friday at Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Holy family Church, Old Town. Immediately following the service, all are invited to the Parish Hall for a light luncheon and continued fellowship. Spring burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Care of Maine c/o EMHS Foundation P.O. Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402
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