MONTICELLO – Dana Albert Briggs, 76, died March 29, 2010, at a local hospital. He was born April 29, 1933, in Monticello, the son of Albert and Hilda (Crouse) Briggs. Dana was the owner and operator of Dana’s Auto Body, Monticello, for 35 years and was a member of Monticello Lake Road Church. He was founder and president of Monticello Fish & Game Club, where he donated much energy and many hours to make the club the success it is today. Dana was also a member of Houlton Lodge of Elks, Kiwanis Club, Meduxnekeag Snowmobile Club and Big 13 ATV Club of Mars Hill. He bowled several years in leagues and coached youth sports. Dana served on the Monticello Town Council for 11 years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and snowmobiler. Without question some of the most enjoyable times in Dana’s life were spent at “Miss Mays Camp” at T7R3 with his friend and brother-in-law, Woodie. Their many hunting and fishing trips gave him happiness that only those two would understand. Dana was very well known for his beautiful display of Christmas lights on the house and many trees. He was a very caring and generous man who was always willing to give of himself to help others. This is something that many of the residents in Monticello truly understand. Dana is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores A. (Dunphy) Briggs of Monticello; his son, Douglas A. Briggs and his wife, Patty, of East Windsor, Conn.; his daughter, Debra Briggs Grass of Brewer; six grandchildren, Travis Noyes, Mickey Mitton, Derek, Ryan, Kevin and Molly Briggs; two great-grandchildren, Tiana and Quincy Mitton and their mother, Jessica Plauman; one sister, Phyllis Beaton and her husband, Elmer; and brother-in-law, Eugene Foster. He also leaves behind his very best friend, hunting and fishing buddy, brother-in-law, Woodie Dunphy and his wife, JoAnn; several very special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Sylvia Foster; and his infamous cat, George. A loving and special thanks to Woodie and JoAnn Dunphy and their families who were there for Dana and his family throughout his entire illness; to all the nurses and doctors at Houlton Regional Hospital for their wonderful care of Dana and concern for his family; and for the compassion of Jane Zimmerman and her hospice team, and also the Lake Road Church family. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service 1 p.m. Friday at Dunn Funeral Home with Pastor Carl DeMerchant officiating. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Dana’s memory to Hospice of Aroostook or Lafayette Cancer Center, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences may be expressed at www.dunnfuneral.com.
DANA A. BRIGGS
Posted March 31, 2010, at 7:45 p.m.