ALBERT WILLIAM ‘BILL’ SPENCE III

Posted July 13, 2012, at 7:39 p.m.

BANGOR – Albert William "Bill" Spence III passed away suddenly July 2, 2012, in Bangor, of a stroke. He was born July 19, 1940, in Armonk, N.Y.

Bill studied at the University of Missouri. He worked in Manhattan, N.Y., in advertising in the 1960s, an original "Mad Men," before owning and operating the radio station WBME, Belfast, during in the 1970s. He was a great sports fan with an amazing memory for sports statistics. He broadcasted many events live on the radio and kept statistics for the state of Maine. He was well known for his volunteer work in Klamath Falls, Ore.; Davis, Calif.; and Bangor. Bill was an inspiration to many and was well loved. Bill was an avid reader and writer. Here is a quote from some recent writings of his, "In the solitude to which we are always returning, there is sanity and revelations which in passage we carry with us."

He is survived by his companion, Leslie Peterson; daughters, Sarah Lee of Forestville, Calif., Lee Centeno of Portland, Suzy Spence of Brooklyn, N.Y., Stefanie Schneider Heyman of Tarrytown, N.Y., Heather Spence Keezer and Matthew Spence of Portland; and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Evelyn Spence; and sister, Deborah Tellefson, both of Los Angeles. Bill was predeceased by his father, Albert William Spence II.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 15 at Shasta Monastery, Lake Shasta, Calif., with a scattering of the ashes afterward on Mount Shasta. Donations may be made in his name at Bangor Maine Homeless Shelter, where there is also a book to write memories of him.

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