BREWER – William J. Dawe, 89, died March 15, 2011, at a Brewer health care center. He was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Dallas Plantation, son of Harry and Rosetta (Roderick) Dawe.
Bill attended grade schools in Sidney, graduating from Williams High School, Oakland, in 1940. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps with tours of duty in the Central Pacific and China theaters. After military service, he attended the University of Maine, graduating in 1951. Bill was employed as an insurance claims adjuster throughout his entire working career, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Northern Maine Adjusters Association and Penobscot County Conservation Association. Bill was especially fond of gardening and greatly enjoyed the pastimes of hunting and fishing, along with the fellowship of the Hopkins Pond Camp group. His grandchildren were a highlight of his later years of life. He married Cecile Gosselin, in 1950. Together they had five children. His wife predeceased him in 1989.
Surviving are his son, Daniel and his wife, Deborah and their children, Allison and Jack, of Freeport; four daughters, Cynthia and her husband, Dale Hanscom, of Greenville and their children, Sara and Amanda, Rebecca and her husband, Philip Frank, of Charleston, Melinda Leen and her children, Joseph and Thomas, of Bangor, and Melissa and her husband, Terry White, of Hermon; and a sister, Elizabeth Hackett of Oakland. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Harry J., a World War II casualty, and Arthur; and two sisters, Rosetta and Elsie Isbister. The family offers special thanks to the staff of Brewer Rehabilitation and Living Center.
A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer, at a date and time to be announced. Those who wish to remember Bill in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at