BREWER and BANGOR – H. Lee Lamson Sr., 81, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Jonesport, son of James F. and Ruth M. (Crowley) Lamson.
Lee grew up in Jonesport, attending school there and developing a lifelong love of the ocean. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War as an aircraft mechanic, and then served a tour in the Coast Guard during the early 1960s. He spoke often and fondly of his time in the service. He often recalled playing cribbage on the cold and remote Air Force base in Goose Bay, Labrador. Lee also loved telling stories about his service as a seaman and plankowner of the old wooden hulled 65 footer, the CG 65028D, and his service as a flight mechanic on the Coast Guard fixed wing aircraft. At the time of his honorable discharge in 1962, he had earned the rank of aviation machinists mate second class, after six years of active service in the Coast Guard. After his military service, Lee worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1989 with 33 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Brewer, for nearly 40 years. During that time, he served in different capacities at the church on various committees, and was a trustee for many years. In his younger years, Lee worked at Blackwood Funeral Home, Jonesport, and from that experience developed an appreciation of the funeral service industry that he carried with him his entire life. In his retirement years, Lee called on that prior experience and went to work part-time in the funeral business, working for many funeral homes from Bangor to the coastal communities of Maine. At the time of his death, he was still registered as an attendant at Lamson Funeral Home, a source of pride for him. While he enjoyed playing the role of a curmudgeon, in reality he had a friendly and gregarious personality which made his presence comforting and disarming, a trait which was of great value when dealing with grieving families. This trait was revealed in a special way in recent years as those who loved him observed his unfailing love and devotion to his wife, Joan, as they faced their aging years together. Lee will be long remembered for his quick wit, love of a good story and devotion to his family.
Surviving family members are his wife of 55 years, Joan E. (Megquier) Lamson of Brewer; four children, Mike Lamson and his wife, Judy, of Brewer, Jim Lamson and his wife, Michele, of Edgecomb, Chris Cameron and her husband, Dave, of Brewer, and Chip Lamson and his wife, Lisa, of East Millinocket; nine grandchildren, Sara Eastman and her husband, Todd, Michael Lamson, Jess Lamson, Josh Lamson and his fiancee, Lyndsay Davala, Betsy Walker, Billy Walker and his wife, Kaylin, Sarah Lamson, Mckenzie Lamson, and Nicole Lamson; three nieces, Jane Blackwood and her husband, Billy, Gloria MacDonald, and Ruth Smith and her husband, William, all of Jonesport; several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Lee was predeceased by his brother, J. Gordon Lamson.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, with the Rev. Dick Woehr officiating. Private interment will be at Maine Veteran’s Cemetery, Augusta. Gifts in memory of Lee may be sent to Living Waters Bible Conference, P.O. Box 250, Danforth, ME 04424. Messages of condolence may be expressed at