BUCKSPORT – Samuel Justinne Burgess Sr., 80, passed away quietly June 24, 2011, at home with his beloved cat, Pookey, at his side. He was born Oct. 1, 1930, during a snowstorm in Bangor, son of William K. Burgess Jr. and Edda M. Moody.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Ethel May Allen. He is survived by five children, Elizabeth Burgess and Jeff Davis of Bucksport, Sam Jr. and Olivia Burgess of Bucksport, Deborah and Gary Escorsio of Union, Susan Hooper of Belfast, and Cindy Burgess and Michael Cronin of Garland; and brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Julia Winn of Connecticut. He was a blessed "Papa" to 14 grandchildren, Paul Doucette Jr., Jennifer Solobello, Edward Burgess, Lucas Miller, Nathan Miller, Daniel Justinne Miller, Patrick Miller, Katie Z-Brown, Michelle "Mikey" Millard, Jeremy Wellman, Melissa Pound, Sarah and Larry Carter, and Andrew Burgess Carter; and to seven wonderful great-grandchildren, Alexia Sweet, Owen Z-Brown, Madison Marie Z-Brown, Turner Wright Burgess, Sophia Solobello, Jaxson Allen Pound and Aaliyah Kelise Yarde. He is also survived by nephew, Nick Winn and wife, Silvia, of Connecticut; nieces, Cheryl Winn-Boujnida of Germany and Donna Winn of Connecticut; great-nieces, Larah, Jess, Zoe and Samira; great-nephews, Nick and Liam; and many other beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, which are in our hearts. Our family gives a very special thanks to Dr. Liberman and all the devoted caregivers, Kim, Lauria, Hanna and Dawn-Elaine, who gave wonderful care. A special thanks to Judy who faithfully served communion to Dad every week; hospice volunteers, Joe and Bob; and the team of caregivers from Hancock Home Health and Hospice.
Sam was a member of the Air National Guard from 1957 to 1961. He worked hard all his life. He was employed by Maine Poultry Chicken Plant, Hoods Ice Cream, he picked potatoes with Ethel at his side for two years and worked at a cotton mill. In 1958 was employed by St. Regis, then Champion for 34 years and retired in 1991. Sam enjoyed learning; he attended classes in agriculture at the University of Maine, Orono, received his GED from Bucksport High School, was a certified scuba diver and was a volunteer firefighter for Orland Fire Department. He completed fourth degree as a Knight of Columbus and was member of St. Vincent de Paul Music Ministry with wife, Ethel, at his side. He enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, as well as playing and singing it for many years on his banjo and Gibson guitar. Sam and Ethel shared many passions and adventures, putting family and Christian faith first. Adventures included constructing houses in West Gardiner, Bangor, Orland and Bucksport; working together to raise the family with gardens, fresh milk and finding time to go to the fair; tearing down the old barn and building the family camp at Harriman Pond, which was full of life celebrations; horseshoes, music and parties every summer. They traveled to Germany to visit brother, Don and family, Florida and Canada. Sam enjoyed owning and riding motorcycles and truly liked electronics of all kinds.
Family and friends will gather for visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Bruce Siket, celebrant. A reception will be held immediately after the Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Hall. Interment will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery, State Street, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County Homecare & Hospice of Maine, P.O. Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or online at www.hancockcountyhomecare.org.