JOHN C. BODGER JR.

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:14 p.m.

WHITNEYVILLE – John C. Bodger Jr., 86, passed away Nov. 22, 2005, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 15, 1918, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of the late John C. Bodger Sr. and Bertha (Jones) Bodger. John is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Bridges) Bodger of Whitneyville; son, Ian C. Bodger of Whitneyville; nephew, Jack B. Bodger and wife, Cynthia, and their daughter, Claire of Nipomo, Calif.; niece, Susan (Bodger) Lonchor and husband, Jim and their children, Shawna, Tad, Jennie, Katie, Aimee and Jeff, of Seattle, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Patricia (Butterfield) Bodger of Whittier, Calif. He was predeceased by his daughter, Lucy S. Bodger; and a brother, Howard Bodger. John retired as head of the history, biography department of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. He built up the Whitneyville Public Library from one of the smallest to one of the largest in the county, circulating over 15,000 books annually and serving local schools with books and story hours. John was very active in community affairs, serving many years on the Whitneyville school board and the recreation committee. He was also active in the Washington County Democratic Committee and helped write the recycling section of the State Solid Waste Management Act. He had recently been recognized by the Washington County Democratic Committee for his many years of service and dedication. John was also recognized by the Jacksonville and Machias Granges for outstanding community service. He was on the first Whitneyville recreation committee which worked with St. Regis Paper Co. and the State of Maine in building a Little League baseball diamond in Whitneyville. For 21 years John was secretary of the county historical society, Sunrise Research Institute, which held Canadian-American local history festivals in Washington County or Canada annually. John was a gifted writer. He wrote articles for many newspapers and magazines. In recent years, he had published three books; Sunrise County Cookbook, Sunrise County Architecture and the History of Whitneyville. He was a member of the Whitneyville Congregational Church and served as a deacon for many years. During World War II, John served four and a half years in the U.S. Army Medical Department. He earned four advanced degrees including master of library science, University of California; master of arts, Columbia University; bachelor of arts, Pomona College; and doctor of philosophy, Columbia University. He was selected as the recipient of the Norman W. Duzen Community Service award for volunteer efforts in Washington County. John taught school in New Jersey and California and served with distinction as a librarian in New Jersey and New York. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Whitneyville Congregational Church officiated by Pastor Betty Duzen. Friends may make donations in John’s memory to the Whitneyville Congregational Church, care of Imogene Leighton, Treasurer, 91 Court St., Apt. No. 4, Machias, ME 04654 or to the Whitneyville Library Association, Attn: Patricia Brightly, Treasurer, P.O. Box 478, Machias, ME 04654. Arrangements are under the care of Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Machias.

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