Former Bangor 3-time mayor Dennis Soucy dies at 83

Posted Nov. 03, 2013, at 3:32 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 04, 2013, at 10:28 a.m.
Dennis &quotDon" Soucy, a former three-time mayor of Bangor, died Saturday at the age of 83.
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Dennis "Don" Soucy, a former three-time mayor of Bangor, died Saturday at the age of 83.

BANGOR, Maine — One of the few men in the history of the Queen City to serve three terms as mayor died Saturday.

Dennis “Don” Soucy died Saturday at the age of 83.

Soucy served as chairman of the City Council and donned the ceremonial title “mayor” in 1977-78, 1982-83 and 1993-94. When elected in 1993 by his fellow councilors, Soucy was the first three-term mayor in 60 years, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

He served six terms on the council, according to his obituary.

In addition to his service to the city, Soucy was a founding member of the St. John’s Credit Union, which became the Bangor Federal Credit Union. Soucy served as its president from its inception in 1956 until his retirement in 2008.

He guided the credit union through many changes, from its start in the basement of St. John Catholic Church serving fellow church members to one with more than 14,000 members serving those who live, work or worship in Penobscot County, according to a BDN article published when Soucy retired.

Soucy served on the council with four members of the Baldacci family — Robert Baldacci Sr., John Baldacci, Gerard Baldacci and Joseph Baldacci.

“His death is a major loss for Bangor,” current Councilor Joseph Baldacci said Sunday. “He was an enormous influence in moving the city forward and was active in every facet of City Hall.”

Baldacci said that Soucy was the council when he was first elected in 1996 and credited him with helping to keep the Bangor City Nursing Home open over the objections of the town manager.

In 1993, Soucy was elected council chairman over Richard Stone, but there was no animosity between the two men.

“He always had a smile on his face, even when there was a heated discussion on the council,” Stone said Sunday. “Even if you disagreed on the issues with him, you could talk openly about it.

“When he felt passionately about something, his voice would elevate and get strong and you knew that on that issue, he was not going to be denied,” he said. “You didn’t scratch your head and say where does he stand an issue.”

Councilor Patricia Blanchette said she still uses one of Soucy’s expression when meetings begin to bog down.

“He would say, ‘Ding. Ding. It’s getting dark under the table,’” she said Sunday. “That meant the meeting was taking too long. He didn’t want to waste time.

“He was one of those quiet shakers and movers who didn’t run around patting himself on the back,” she said. “It was a pleasure to serve with him.”

Soucy was born Aug. 7, 1930, in Bangor to Frank and Mary Veilleux Soucy. He graduated from John Bapst High School in 1948 and worked for several years with his father and brothers in the family business, Frank’s Bake Shop. Soucy later started his own business, Dennis “Don” Soucy Real Estate and Insurance.

Soucy is survived by his wife, Constance Barton Soucy, and four children.

He was predeceased by his parents and all of his 11 siblings, according to his obituary.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. Dennis Soucy graduated from John Bapst High School, not Bangor High School

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