BANGOR – Wesley Roderick “Rocky” Giles Jr. passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at his home. Born Feb. 11, 1929, in Bangor, he was the only child of Wesley R. Giles Sr. and Mildred (Bean) Moody. He grew up in Mars Hill and attended Gould Academy, Bethel, from which he graduated in 1947. Rocky graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1950. He was an avid football player during high school and college. After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy, Rocky worked for Texaco for more than three decades as the chief engineer on the oil tanker, SS Rhode Island. He retired as the commodore chief engineer of Texaco American Fleet in 1987, after which he worked briefly for the state of Maine. During his retirement, Rocky served on the alumni board at Maine Maritime Academy for several years, volunteered at Cole Land Transportation Museum and was a member of Anah Temple Drum and Bugle Corp. Rocky is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marie B. Giles of Bangor; their children, Patricia Giles of Syracuse, N.Y., and Ruth Giles and her husband, Christopher Szarek, of Chicopee, Mass.; his uncle, Leroy Bean of Searsport; and several cousins. The family thanks the staffs of Hospice of Eastern Maine and Boyd Place for their care and support. They also thank Bill Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy, and Paul Mercer of Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association. Those wishing to remember Rocky in a special way may make gifts in his name to Maine Maritime Academy, care of Jan Zenter, Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04402. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
WESLEY RODERICK ‘ROCKY’ GILES JR.
Posted Oct. 11, 2010, at 7:06 p.m.