BUCKSPORT and BAILEYVILLE – Richard A. Pullen Jr., 57, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 17, 2009, at his home in Bucksport. Richard was born March 26, 1952, in Randolph. After graduating from Gardiner Area High School, Class of 1970, he attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle and later transferred to the University of Maine at Farmington, receiving his elementary education degree in 1974. Rick was hired to teach the sixth grade for Princeton Elementary School, where he has taught for 35 years. Mr. P. loved being around his students and coached at least one sport each of his 35 years of teaching, receiving several Coach of the Year awards. In 2009 Rick was the assistant coach for the boy’s Woodland Basketball Class D and the coach for the girl’s Woodland Softball Class D, both winning the state championship for their first time. He was a former member of Lewey’s Island Lodge No. 138 AF & AM and Anah Temple Shriners, Bangor. Rick will be remembered by his generosity and caring personality. His love for children led him to support an overseas child in need for more than 20 years. Rick loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. Playing sports and attending sporting events was his passion. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and teacher. Rick was predeceased by his father, Richard A. Pullen Sr.; paternal grandparents, Harold and Annie Pullen; maternal grandparents, Archie and Olga Farley; and his father-in-law, George Sonny Sprague. Surviving are his loving wife of more than 27 years, Beth Pullen; his mother, Arlene Pullen of Gardiner; his two daughters, whom he loved dearly, Marlene Greenlaw and her husband, David, of Bucksport and Michelle Barnard and her husband, David, of Ellsworth; five grandchildren, Bethany, Megan and Lauren Greenlaw and David and Patrick Barnard; his mother-in-law, Edith Sprague of Bucksport; two sisters, Jody Breton and her companion, Kim Pushard, of Gardiner and Barbara Zanks and her husband, James, of Stafford Springs, Conn.; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Gagner and her husband, Robert, of Glenburn; a niece, Emily Zanks; four nephews, Jeffrey and Joseph Zanks and Robert and Billy Gagner; great-nephews, Beau and Rylan Gagner and Cody and Kyle Zanks; great-nieces, Kayla and Emily Gagner; other numerous friends and relatives. Mr. P. also leaves behind his many students whose lives he’s touched. A celebration of Rick’s life will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Princeton Elementary School with Pastor Keith Moody officiating. Burial will be after at Village Cemetery, Grand Lake Stream. Donations in Rick’s memory may be made to Woodland High School Athletic Department, 14 First Ave., Baileyville, ME 04694. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Homes, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.
RICHARD A. PULLEN JR.
Posted July 19, 2009, at 7:45 p.m.