BANGOR – Brian Robert Mitchell, 59, died unexpectedly Aug. 22, 2012, surrounded by family at a local hospital. He was born June 10, 1953, in Bangor, son of Robert C. and Ruth (Fernald) Mitchell.
Brian was a graduate of Bangor High School, class of 1974. He was employed as a maintenance worker at Husson College for five years, at Camp CaPella as a junior counselor and worked seasonally during Christmas at Sears Roebuck Co. Brian was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for several years. He liked the people he met while working at the Bangor State Fair and Shrine Circus. Brian was a volunteer at St. John’s Soup Kitchen, American Folk Festival, United Cerebral Palsy Telethon, UCP and Camp CaPella events. He enjoyed traveling in Maine and other parts of the country. He also had a diverse music collection and loved anything automotive. Brian cherished his independence and overcame barriers in order to succeed and enjoy his life. Those who knew Brian respected him because of his perseverance in overcoming life’s everyday challenges and his interest in people. Working and volunteering were very important parts of his life. He had a strong commitment in making his community accessible to people with disabilities. Brian had a wide circle of friends from all walks of life.
Surviving are his mother, Ruth (Fernald) Shook and stepfather, William Shook, of Bangor; one sister, Diane Perry and husband, Warren, of Rockland; nephew, Robert Gatcomb of Winter Harbor; one uncle, Ray Fernald and wife, Carolotta, of York; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Robert C. Mitchell.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher of All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments immediately after the service Tuesday at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to remember Brian in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Camp CaPella, P.O. Box 552, Holden, ME 04429; or United Cerebral Palsy of Maine, 700 Mount Hope Ave., Suite 320, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.