William's Story

MEDWAY AND MILO - William Gordon "Bill" Heath, 75, died February 1, 2016, at a Bangor hospital, with his sister by his side. He had been suffering for many years with dementia. He was born March 2, 1940, in Milo, to parents Winfield "Bill" Heath and Mary (Graves) Heath.

He grew up in Milo and attended Milo High School. After graduation, he worked for a while in CT and at various jobs. Bill then attended the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, MO. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served for more than four years, stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Dow Air Force Base, Bangor. Following his service, Bill worked for Great Northern Paper Co. in East Millinocket, in the stock preparation dept. He had a camp on Schoodic Lake in Lakeview Plantation, near Milo, where he spent a lot of his free time year round, with friends and family, including his basset hound, Freckles. When not at camp, he traveled a lot to Florida, Myrtle Beach and Boston, where he loved to go to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox play. He had spent time in several other states as well. He also organized and led trips to Las Vegas for about 25 years, once taking 84 people with him, despite his dislike of flying. He helped a lot of young people get a start in life and was always generous with anyone who needed help of any kind. Bill was a strong Democrat and loved to debate politics with anyone who would listen to him.

The family wishes to thank good friends, Charlie and Lori L'Heureux, of Milo, for the many good things they did over the years, and did out of love for the family.

Bill was predeceased by his parents and two cousins, Alan Graves and Jacqueline Fowler Zink. He is survived by his sister, Betty and her husband, Gerald Lufkin, of East Millinocket; a niece, Lori J. Melvin; a nephew, George Lufkin; two great-nieces, Courtney and Olivia Melvin; many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln where funeral services will be at 12 noon, with a luncheon to follow. A private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Milo, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Bill's name to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at clayfuneralhome.com.
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