BANGOR – Richard Arland Spencer, 83, a well-known and highly respected community servant and banker, died March 21, 2012, at a local hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1928, in Boston, the son of Howard Errington and Stella Ardella (Wing) Spencer Sr.
Dick was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Winthrop, Mass., the University of Maine, Orono, and completed the ROTC program at the University of Maine, Orono. He was a veteran of the Korean War, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves after 30 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army. Dick was an active member of the Reserve Officers Association of the U.S. Dick’s banking career began as teller at Merrill Trust Co., Bangor, where he also served as treasurer, vice president and trust officer. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, serving on various committees and as a former vestryman. He was also a member of Monmouth Lodge AF & AM No. 110, Monmouth. Dick served the community in numerous capacities, including past president of Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Eastern Maine.
Dick is survived by the love of his life of 63 years, Barbara (Davidson) Spencer of Bangor; a daughter, Debra "Debbie" Holt and her husband, Scott, of Topsfield, Mass.; a son, Rick Spencer of Stetson; grandchildren, Abbey (Holt) Levantini and her husband, Jordan, of San Francisco, Blake Holt of Topsfield, Mass., Jerome Spencer and his wife, Cathy, of La Plata, Md., and Rhonda (Spencer) Smith and her husband, Anthony, of Bangor; four great-grandchildren, Daphne, Sabrina, Hunter and Madeline; one brother, Howard E. Spencer Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Ellsworth; a niece, several nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St., Bangor, with the Rev. Marguerite A. H. Steadman, rector, officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to remember Dick in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the memorial fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at