Heart condition may have caused Old Town death

Posted July 19, 2010, at 9:08 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — The man who was found dead early Saturday at his Stillwater home had a heart condition, according to his family.

Shane Sickles, 24, was found unresponsive at his residence just after 6 a.m. The previous day “he was complaining of pain that would be consistent with a heart problem,” Old Town police Sgt. Mike Hashey said Monday.

In an obituary, Sickles’ family attributed his death to a heart condition.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed late Monday or early Tuesday, a representative from the state medical examiner’s office said. Old Town police requested that the Maine State Police Criminal Investigation Division investigate Sickles’ death because of his age, Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said Sunday.

Sickles, who graduated from Bangor High School in 2004, and attended University of Maine of Augusta, had worked for the past three years at Fairmount Market in Bangor, according to his obituary.

“He loved life and was the life of the party,” it said. “He was a wonderful son, brother, and friend. He would want us to celebrate his life with happy memories.”

Sickles loved debating politics and was a lifelong Boy Scout, holding the rank of lodge chief in local Order of the Arrow.

His family said “Shane would prefer ‘summer casual’ attire” for those who attend his memorial service, which is scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center St. in Bangor. The Rev. Bob Carlson will officiate.

Doors will be open for visiting hours at 5 p.m. before the service. Family and friends also are invited to gather at the home of Barry and Tammy Leland, 383 Dow Road, Orrington, after the memorial service.

Condolences can be sent to the family through the funeral home’s website, BrookingsSmith.com.

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