William A. Gladstone

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Bangor - William "Bill" Gladstone, passed away suddenly in the early morning hours of July 3rd, 2019 at home with his wife, Martha by his side. William was born in Margaretville, NY December 2, 1953 to parents Garland Gladstone and Barbara Bramley.
William was an acolyte for the Episcopal Church in Margaretville for many years and an Eagle Scout. He graduated in 1972 from Margaretville Central where he excelled at many sports. He loved hiking the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. William was a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist from Lincoln to Bangor and most recently, Old Town. William was so well liked by his co-workers for his sense of humor and especially by his customers where he prided himself with treating everyone with integrity, respect and patience.
Along with his first wife Kathryn, William raised two daughters, Sarah and Lindsay. As a little girl, Sarah loved taking truck rides and listening to country music with Dad, and getting ice cream for lunch as long as she promised not to tell Mom. Camping trips, Pony Club, and horseback riding will always be fond memories. William spent many years as a competitive trail rider with his horses when he wasn't behind the pharmacy counter. His daughter, Lindsay joined him on the rides as his pit crew waiting along the trail with water and keeping him company at night in the tent. After parting with his farm, William became a second father to Martha's children, Meghan and Harrison and he always said the word "stepchild" was not in his vocabulary. He was devoted to his blended family and to the four Bernese Mountain dogs he shared with his wife, Martha. He will be missed by his current four legged best friends, Jim and Ginny who loved going for rides with "Dad" in the jeep. Most of all, William treasured his grandchildren Mason and Emma. They brought him so much joy. Watching Mason play hockey was always a thrill and the special "Grampy hugs" that he shared with Emma would light up his eyes. Bill loved being "Grampy Gladstone" and he was looking forward to the arrival of a new grandson, Avery William Browne, due this month. Bill's favorite pastime was smoking beef brisket and other delicacies for family, neighbors and friends on his smoker in the backyard. A cookout was not complete without one of Bill's recipes. William and Martha were both looking forward to his upcoming retirement in August and celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary on July 18th.
William was predeceased by his parents, Garland and Barbara. He is survived by his wife Martha, his daughters Lindsay Gladstone and Sarah Gladstone McNally, her husband Nicholas, grandson Mason, granddaughter Emma all of Bangor, "step"-daughter Meghan Pojasek Browne, her husband Patrick of Exeter and "step"-son Harrison Pojasek and his wife Candace of Bangor. William is also survived by sisters Sandra Gladstone of Norwich, NY, Nancy Gladstone and fiance Mitch DeSilva of Albany, NY and brother Mike Gladstone his wife Patti, nephews Dylan and Matthew and his fiancee, Jerevy and their daughter Madison all of Norwich, NY, and a nephew Adam Gladstone and niece Kelly Gladstone, both of NY.
To honor William's wishes there will be no service. William was a giving man and was always quietly helping out a child or family in need whether it was sending children to summer camp, providing Christmas gifts as a secret elf, or making sure someone's oil tank was full. If you would like to remember William in a special way, a fund has been created with Bangor Savings Bank to continue Bill's tradition of helping others and bringing joy to children. In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider making a contribution in Williams's memory to the William A. Gladstone Memorial Fund, c/o Bangor Savings Bank, 3 State St Bangor, ME 04401 or make a donation at any Bangor Savings Bank Branch. Finally, Martha would like to thank the many paramedics that worked persistently trying to bring Bill back to us. Your care and compassion was greatly appreciated. "Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone." Arrangements trusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer and messages and memories may be shared with his family at kileyandfoley.com.
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Mary Campbell Manwaring
Jul 20, 2019
I am saddened by the news of Bill's sudden passing. He was a wonderful co-worker at LaVerdiere's Drug Store in the 80's and I can honestly say his work ethic and integrity as a pharmacist led me to leave management and become a pharmacist. My condolences to his family.
Millard Gladstone
Jul 17, 2019
I have many special memories of my great cousin, many of which included my two sweet cousins as well when they visited new york. Im gonna miss Bill. He was a great man. And i hope our family can grow closer as i know he would want. I love you all. And i miss you Billy. Rest in peace.
Love Millard
Janice Clain
Jul 14, 2019
I worked for many years with Bill at the old LaVerdiere's in Bangor. Just a wonderful, compassionate man, a conscientious professional and an excellent colleague. Gone too soon.
Brenda
Jul 13, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was an amazing man. He used to come into our store, to pick up special gifts for his loved ones. I vividly remember him talking about how he loved to harvest and eat all the fruits, on the farm. After he sold the farm, he still remembered when they would be ripening and needing to be picked. That impressed me. He still cared about the little things...
He would tell stories of his adventures and, obviously, lived his life to the fullest.
I know your memories of the good times will help ease the pain of your loss.
May God bless each of you.
Melissa Pangakis
Jul 13, 2019
I had the honor of working with Bill many years ago and kept in touch while getting prescriptions over the years. He was such a genuine person and will be greatly missed. My condolences to Martha and the rest of his wonderful family.
JIM MICHAUD
Jul 12, 2019
WHAT A MAN!! I didn't know Bill, but would have been honored to have known him. Knowing that he was a friend to animals, and being deeply touched by his acts of benevolence, done in secret, to help the less fortunate, leaves me in a state of deep admiration for the MAN. THE REAL DEAL! You have my deepest condolences.
Cyndy Fish
Jul 12, 2019
Thinking about you and so sorry to hear about your loss. Bill was a special person and I know he brought you much happiness. My sincere sympathy.
Connie Curtis
Jul 12, 2019
I am soooo sad Bill is gone.....he was loved by everyone....I worked as a technician with him in the Palmyra Walmart pharmacy.....he was a joy to work with and treated everyone the same.....he was patient and kind. I can only imagine how heartbroken his family is. I can recall conversations with him ...he loved doing projects around his house and spoke with great adoration for Martha and all the children. Bill never put himself above anyone....he truly loved to help people.....So so so sad........God bless you all....what memories you have to treasure!
Jul 12, 2019