BANGOR – C.J. Polyot, 91, died peacefully May 19, 2013, at a Bangor hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born April 4, 1922, in Dexter, son of Joseph and Eleanor (Slattery) Polyot.
C.J. graduated from John Bapst High School and the University of Maine with a master’s degree in psychology. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. C.J. worked as a psychologist at Dorothy Dix Hospital, formerly BMHI, for 35 years, retiring in 1989. He was a very dedicated psychologist, renowned for his service to his patients. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church, and an active member and former president of Maine State Employees Association. In 2012 the MSEA created the “C.J. Polyot” Award to honor outstanding members. After retiring, he served as a consultant at Downeast Horizons group homes. He worked on many democratic political campaigns. He loved history, traveling, discussing current events, the Red Sox and living in Maine. CJ was known for his sense of humor and optimism. He truly lived a wonderful life and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving is his wife, Sally Polyot; son, Stephen Polyot and wife, Judy; two daughters, Catherine Fessenden and husband, Dan Kidd, and Susan Polyot and husband, Larry Tyler; stepson, Wayne Morrison; two stepdaughters, Lisa Morrison and Julie Schaer; grandchildren, Sean, Kerry, Matthew, Andrew, Michael, Ricky, Scott and Katrina; great-granddaughter, Emily; sister, Ellie Daley; and several nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of BrookingsSmith, 163 Center St., Bangor, after the service. Private interment will be at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery. Those wishing to remember CJ in a special way may contribute in his memory to Maine Veteran’s Home, 44 Hogan Rd., Bangor, ME 04401 or to Hammond St. Senior Center, 2 Hammond St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.