RONALD MICHAEL DEYONE

Posted Jan. 25, 2011, at 6:03 p.m.

BANGOR – Ronald M. Deyone, 83, died Jan. 23, 2011, at a Bangor hospital, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease and diabetes. He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Elery and Leila (Burchell) Deyone. Ron graduated from Bangor High School and Husson College. He served four years in the U.S. Army. He was married to Gertrude “Trudy” Tourtillotte for more than 60 years, until Trudy’s death nine months before Ron’s death. Ron was honored as a Knight of Columbus and was past president of the Bangor Jaycee’s. He worked up to his retirement as an accountant with Standard Electric, Briggs Inc., Dead River Co. and Havelock Esteys and Curran. The life of Ron will be more remembered by his tremendous love for life and his ability to overcome adversities and to see the beauty of life, and the love of family and friends. He loved being around all his family and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: holidays, sporting events with grandchildren, visits by family and friends. He had a gift for humor and whit: he loved to surprise people with his array of humorous tee shirts, or practical jokes, and enjoyed time spent with his new friends at Sunbury Village. Throughout the years of his life he acquired many dear friends with whom he cherished spending time and words with, and the twinkle of his eyes, the grace of his laugh and smile will help all in the time of loss. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude (Tourtillotte) Deyone; and two great-grandchildren, Colby and Alexis McGrath. He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia L. Milles and her husband, Gary, of Bangor; a son, Michael R. Deyone and his wife, Michele, of Bangor; three grandsons, Ryan Maher and his wife, Christen, Corey Maher and his wife, Rachel, and Erik Milles; and one granddaughter, Melanie McGrath and her husband, Dennis. He was very pleased to enjoy time with his great-grandchildren, Cameron, Jordan, Patrick and Gavin Maher, Conner Maher, and Caitlin McGrath. He also held dear to his heart his niece, Brenda Campbell; nephew, Gary Tourtillotte; and brother-in-law, Randall Tourtillotte and his wife, Barbara. A special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Weiss, Dr. Marian Benner, Dr. Choi, Miki MacDonald FNP, to a very special nurse who cared for him in many of his last days, Darci Lane RN, and to Dr. Paul who also walked this path of illness and health with Ron. Relatives and friends are welcome to call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Brookings-Smith, Bangor Chapel, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s, 768 Ohio St., Bangor. Interment will be directly after the Mass at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St., Bangor, after the interment. Those who wish to remember Ron in a special way may make gifts in his memory to American Diabetes Association, Maine Affiliate, 80 Elm St., Portland, ME 04101-3045. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

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