BANGOR – Carroll H. Faulkner, 83, made his final surrender Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. He died as he wished at home, where during the final months of a long illness he received the loving ministrations of family and friends, clergy, and the staff and volunteers of New Hope Hospice in Eddington. Carroll came into the world during a blizzard Jan. 24, 1924, on the shores of Grand Lake in Weston, the seventh of eight living children born to Bertha (Austin) and Leon E. Faulkner. After finishing the eighth grade at the one-room schoolhouse that still stands in Orient, he willingly went into the woods to work in his father’s lumber camps. One month after his 18th birthday, Carroll was drafted into the U.S. Army. After six months of overseas training, he shipped out to the Pacific theater of World War II and participated in seven landings between September 1942 and August 1945. In 1948 Carroll married Averill “Tillie” Thibeau and they raised their two daughters in Old Town. By 1968 Carroll found his true calling and began four decades of devoted service to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous and his career as a detox/rehabilitation counselor. He lost his first wife in 1978. In June 1981, he married Ann Holland, whom he met while they both worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. From then on, except for 3 1/2 years when Ann’s work took them to Oklahoma, they lived happily in their home in Bangor. Carroll loved life and shared that joy with friends. He enjoyed fishing, telling and hear-ing tales of the North Woods, country music, spending time in his workshop and cheering on the Boston Red Sox. He was proud of his Aroostook County roots and enjoyed the annual Faulkner family reunions held for many years in Wytopitlock. One August, that occasion included a visit to the graveyard on Pee-Ka-Boo Mountain, near Selden, where the founders of this clan lie buried. Patrick, an immigrant from Dublin, Ireland, and his wife, Eunice (Crocker) Faulkner, were Carroll’s great-grandparents. Carroll was a Life Member of VFW Post No. 3381 and a Mason in the Star of the East Lodge No. 60 AF & AM, both in Old Town. The centerpiece of Carroll’s life was his tireless commitment to passing on to other alcoholics an understanding of the principles and practice of the life-changing, life-saving program, for which he was so grateful. He was truly a power of example whose influence will be felt widely for generations. Carroll is survived by his wife Dr. Ann Holland; and three daughters and their husbands Diane Faulkner and Jerry Haynes of Blytheville, S.C.; Rosemary (Faulkner) and Tony Richard of Old Town and Emilie Holland and Charles Westcott of South Kingstown, R.I. He also leaves one brother Jasper Faulkner and his wife, Karen, of Winn; two grandchildren, Amanda Richard and her life partner, Donita Gallant, of Milford and Anthony J. “TJ” Richard Jr. of Rockland; special nephews, Freddie Porter of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Sumner Faulkner of Bangor; many other nephews, nieces and cousins. He will be keenly missed as well by his father-in-law, Wendell Livingston of Sunbury Village, Bangor; sister-in-law, Jane Livingston of Veazie; and a special niece, Grace Livingston of Huntington Beach, Calif.; special friend Emma Jeane Foster of Orrington; and a host of anonymous “friends of Bill W.” across the country. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Route 9, Hampden. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St., Bangor. All baptized Christians are invited to take communion. The Rev. Marguerite Steadman will celebrate the Holy Eucharist and Pastor Bob Carlson will give the eulogy. Burial with military honors will be immediately after at Highland Cemetery, Route 2, Carmel. Carroll’s family invites all who wish to join them afterward at the church for a reception and light refreshments 1:30 p.m. Instead of flowers, Carroll and his family suggest several other ways to honor his memory. Hug a veteran. Congratulate a sober alcoholic. Teach a child respect for our natural environment. Tell someone you love today how important they have been to you. If you wish to make a tangible memorial gift, please send a contribution to either the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, care of Dennis Marble, 263 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401 or the Hope House, 179 Indiana Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence or memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com
CARROLL H. FAULKNER
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.