William's Story

BREWER - William Crystall Park, 94, husband of Louise M. (Cyr) Park, died June 1, 2015 at a Bangor hospital. He was born Feb. 5, 1921 in Brewer, the son of William C. and Agnes D. (McLaughlin) Park.

Bill was a 1939 graduate of Brewer High School here he lettered in baseball, basketball and football. He attended prep school at Higgins Classical Institute for two years and attended the Univ. of Maine for a semester before leaving to join the Marine Corps during WWII. Bill spent two and a half years in the South Pacific. He entered, Feb. 4, 1942 and departed Norfolk, VA May 20, 1942 through the Panama Canal to New Zealand, Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands from Aug. 7, 1942 until Dec. 9, 1942 then on to Australia for 8 months. He left Australia and went to Goodenough Island, New Guinea and Cape Gloucester in New Britain. His service continued in Russell Islands for 3 months after a short stay in Guadalcanal and on to Peleliu where he was wounded and returned to the US on Nov. 20, 1944. Bill was honorably discharged, Oct 1945 and returned to the Univ. of Maine in 1946 graduating in 1949. He worked in transportation for many years including Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, Coles Express, Fraser Paper in Madawaska and retired from the Maine Public Utilities Commission in Augusta. Bill enjoyed pioneering and coaching Little League baseball in Bangor and Brewer. For many years, he officiated baseball, basketball and football. He also enjoyed the many years he volunteered at the Cole's Land Transportation Museum in Bangor.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Louise M. Park of Brewer; two children, Lewis Park and his wife, Wilma of Orono and Brenda Merritt of Southwest Harbor; granddaughter, Crystal Roy and her husband, Brandon and a great grandson, William all of Veazie; one sister, Beatrice Park of Brewer; special nieces, Frances Redford and Michele Pelletier. Bill's family thanks St. Joseph Hospital for the care and compassion they received especially from Dr. Sufana Alkhunaizi and Dr. Robert Durning.

Bill requested that no formal service is held and a private burial will be held at a later date at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.
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