GUILFORD and SIDNEY – Wilfred E. Bartley, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family Friday evening, July 12, 2013, at Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Togus, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 15, 1930, in Dennistown, son of the late George and Marie Louise Bartley.
He was a graduate of Jackman High School, class of 1949. In 1952 he went to serve his country in the U.S. Army as a scout during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return, he met and married his wife of 58 years, Rita (Poirier) Bartley July 4, 1955. Together they raised four daughters living in Jackman, Greenville and Guilford. Early in his marriage, he worked a variety of jobs until gaining employment at Hardwood Products Company, Guilford, where he worked for 25 years as a licensed boiler operator. He was also a realtor during his retirement. In 2001 Wilfred retired from real estate and moved to Sidney with his wife to be closer to his family. A devoted husband, father and grandfather he enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and traveling. He will be remembered for his sense of humor. Wilfred was a member of Knights of Columbus, Greenville, American Legion-Bourque Lanegan Post No. 5, Waterville, Disabled American Veterans, and a former member of Elks Lodge No. 905, Waterville. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Wilfred is survived by his wife, Rita (Poirier) Bartley of Sidney; four daughters, Deborah Bartley Wing and husband, Michael, of Brunswick, Beverly and Frank Doughman of Indiana, Dolly Bartley and Dan Littlefield of Sidney and Brenda and Doug Reiter of Maryland; six grandchildren, Karen and Heather of Indiana, Thomas and Peter of Sidney and Rachel and Jacob of Maryland; and three great-grandchildren. Wilfred is also survived by his siblings, Mamie Levesque of Jackman, Theresa Rioux of Guilford, Francis Bartley of Bucksport, Rena Maheu of St. George, Canada, and Judy Jalbert of Connecticut. He was predeceased by siblings, George Bartley, Paul Bartley, Lauriana Pomerleau, Alfred Bartley, Louis Bartley and Jeannine Hebert. The family would like to express their appreciation to the SICU staff of Togus and Dr. Jim Schneid for their excellent medical care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine DAV, P.O. Box 3415, Augusta, ME 04330; Alfond Cancer Center, 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta, ME 04330; or Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850-5168. At Wilfred’s request there will be no visiting hours. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Notre Dame Catholic Church. A committal service will be held 9 a.m. Monday, July 22, at New Maine Veterans Memorial Chapel, Mount Vernon Road. Services are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. 207-872-7676. www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.