BROWNVILLE JUNCTION – John Alvin Owens was born May 13, 1944, in Milo, and passed away June 27, 2013, at a Bangor hospital, surrounded by his family and friends after a long battle with kidney disease. He was the son of Frederick William “Bill” Owens and Ruth Lottie (Knox) Owens, and loving husband of Joan (Garnett) Owens.
John graduated from Brownville Junction High School in 1962 and attended Ricker College and the University of Maine at Orono. He was a hometown boy and nearly lifelong resident of Brownville Junction. Town meetings in Brownville will never be the same without him. He was a Brownville selectman, served on the water district board and worked as a part-time reserve police officer for nearly 20 years and was also a deputy with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s department. John was a brother at the Pleasant River Lodge No. 163 of the Masons for 35 years. John had a variety of jobs in his lifetime. He spent the majority of his career at Canadian Pacific Railway as a telegrapher/operator and finally as a supervisor at Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, retiring in 1998. He also worked at Dexter Shoe; was a surveyor for E.C. Jordan Co., Portland, and worked at Great Northern Paper Company for a number of years. John was an avid fisherman and a bird hunter. He shared this passion for fishing with many friends, fishing at Little Jo Mary Pond, Ebeemee dam and other secret locations. He passed this love of fishing on to his grandson, Evan.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Joan Lucille (Garnett) Owens; brothers, James and Peter; three children, Bethany (Owens) Campbell, Christina Owens and Jeffrey Owens; and his very dear grandchildren, Evan Campbell and Erin Campbell. He is also survived by very special nieces and nephews, Tricia (Owens) Kenny, Jamie (Owens) Brady, Mark Owens, Shaun Owens, Andrew Owens and Emily Owens; as well as his cousins and honorary sisters, Mary (Knox) O’Neill and Patricia (Knox) Nicola. The family would like to thank the many nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center who took care of John over the years and extend a special thank you to the staff at Union Street Dialysis Center.
There will be a Masonic graveside service 1 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Pine Tree Cemetery, Brownville Junction, with a reception to celebrate John’s life immediately after at the Brownville Junction Alumni building. In lieu of flowers, the family invites people to make a donation to John A. Owens Scholarship Fund at Camden National Bank. The scholarship will annually help a graduate of Penquis Valley High School who has financial need to attend an institution of higher education. Donations may be made at any Camden National Bank branch. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.