Christopher Edward Reif
Bangor - Christopher Edward Reif, 51, passed away, October 10, 2019.
Born January 18, 1968 in Worcester, Massachusetts, he was the son of Joan Louise Reif and the late Edward Dean Reif, both of Bangor. Chris was a 1986 graduate of Bangor High School, who worked in his family business, Eddie's Flies and Tackle, on Broadway in Bangor.
Chris shared with his family a great love of nature and time spent outdoors. An avid fisherman since childhood, he enjoyed hunting with his late father, walking with his dogs, and as a younger man solo-hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail. In 2002 he met Carol Ann Bushey, the woman with whom he would share his home and his heart for seventeen years, who describes their meeting as "love at first sight." He was an animal lover, always the proud "father" of many dogs, cats, and in recent years, a parrot. He loved music, preferably heavy metal, played loud.

Chris is survived by his mother, Joan; his sister and brother-in-law, Andrea Karla Reif and Christopher Bugge of Raleigh North Carolina; his sister, Erika Kay Reif of Burlington Vermont; his nephew, Max Edward Reif; his soulmate, Carol; her sons, Matt, Josh, and Peter; and her eight grandchildren.
Published on October 16, 2019


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Arthur and Valerie Webster
Oct 24, 2019
Joan and family, Art and I are very sad to learn of Chris's passing. We have fond memories of times in the shop with Eddie and then Chris. Please accept our sincere condolences. I envision Chris and Eddie wetting a few flies together.
Roxanna Theriault Adams
Oct 22, 2019
I am so saddened to read of Chris’s passing. I was Chris's Grade 3 teacher and will never forget that sweet smiling face that greeted me every day for that school year! My sincerest condolences to his entire family.
Gail Bushey
Oct 21, 2019
Chris you were a big part of my family my sister soulmate Rest in peace you will be missed
peter gallant
Oct 21, 2019
Chris Rest in peace you were a step father to me you will be missed always my best friend
Carol Bushey
Oct 21, 2019
Chris you were a big part of my life, you were my lover my soulmate my bestfriend. I miss you so much my love it's hard that your not here you said you would never leave I wanted to grow old with you. I will never forget you my heart hurts with out you. I never saw this coming I wish I could hold you again and say I love you. Rest in peace you were loved so much I am sad your gone.
Jeff Kaine
Oct 17, 2019
RIP were a kind hearted man, that I enjoyed talking with every time I stopped by your shop.
You and your dad can throw flies together again.
Ed Stevens
Oct 17, 2019
Chris was a formative element in my life. We were childhood friends and I spent spent many summer days and school year afternoons in the Reif household. Chris introduced me to Ozzy Osbourne and heavy metal in general, a love I still have to this day. He was like the big brother I never had and I will forever cherish making mac and cheese with Chris in Joan's kitchen after school.

Miss you big guy rest well.
Carl R Moore
Oct 17, 2019
Chris and I hungout a lot as kids, running through the woods, fishing, swimming. We also played a whole lotta Dungeons & Dragons those long, cold Maine winters. Chris imagined worlds that were grand, brutal, and startlingly fair. After the rest of the house was asleep it was downstairs for a midnight snack, metal videos on MTV and 80's horror flicks on HBO. Often even more D&D after that, and I never recall him being too tired for more fishing, woods, and metal the next day. Rock on, old friend. You will be missed.
Oct 16, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences. Any lover of animals is a friend of mine.
Joseph G.Donnelly
Oct 16, 2019
To the Reid family I’m very sorry for the loss of your loved one “Chris” I knew Chris in high school we graduated together,He was kind gentle quiet person and he will be missed!! 💕🙏🏼
Oct 16, 2019
Miss you Chris