BREWER – Wellington “Bill” Orr Ranks, 77, known to many as “Sonny”, passed away peacefully, Feb. 9, 2004, in Bangor, surrounded by family and friends. He was born March 20, 1926, in Bangor, the son of Willard F. and Minnie (Orr) Ranks. Sonny was a graduate of Bangor High School and Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield. He married Elizabeth Libby in 1948 and worked in upper New York superintending the building of roads and bridges. Upon returning to Maine, he acquired a master electrician license and owned his own business. All of his life, Sonny was the delight of his whole family and of a very large circle of friends through several states. He made himself available to anyone who needed his expertise for many jobs and projects. He was always spreading joy, loved to see that his family, friends and contacts were happy and enjoying life. He loved dancing and, in later years, danced three times every weekend creating fun for everyone. Sonny bicycled until very recently near his home and in Acadia National Park where he met and talked to visitors on park trails. He made and donated a map to the Park Service of all the bridges in the park. Surviving are three children, William H. Ranks of Peoria, Ariz., Shirley Finnorn of Huntsville, Ala., and Jonathan Ranks of Deltona, Fla.; three grandchildren, Steven Landry of Alabama, Joshua and Heather Pemberton of Florida; one brother, Carleton A. Ranks and his wife, Nancy, of Palm Bay, Fla.; one sister, Jacqueline R. MacDermott of Bangor; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, a great-grandniece and his closest friends for many years, Joe and Callie Eacman. Sonny was predeceased by his wife in 1994 and by two sisters, Lydia Sands and Jane Kenny. Sonny’s family wishes to thank the thoughtful and caring staff of St. Joseph Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at Kiley Funeral Home, 69 State St., Brewer, where friends may visit from 5-7 p.m. and will be invited and encouraged to share happy and joyous memories.
WELLINGTON ‘BILL’ RANKS
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.